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20
OCT

Dorking returned to Stevenage the scene of the first pre season victory this time in the EDF Cup competition, Once more coming from behind to secure the side’s sixth win in succession. Since the August visit the home team’s abrasive Samoan hooker had been joined by a formidable albeit more Anglo Saxon front five unit suggesting an altogether tougher time up front. And so it proved. In an error strewn opening Dorking under exploited the benefits of a strengthening wind. Seemingly huge ground making kicks from Ollie Cummings and Matt Noble agonisingly dribbled over the dead ball bringing a long trek back for the visiting pack and the put in to the home team. Dorking eventually found a more recognisable shape, Ben Lucas making good ground only for Richard Kemp to shank uncharacteristically wide from the resultant penalty. Good work from man of the match Qin Wiseman, Rob Carlos and Georgie Kruis, returning from Saracens, eventually allowed Noble to smash the resulting penalty deep into the home corner. The line out worked to perfection, Catton finding Kruis and from the rolling maul big Eric Liebenberg twisted and eventually twirled over to break the deadlock. Increasingly Cummings found his range establishing position and platform. Taking the ball at pace as an unlikely ten, Liebenberg next made a huge hole finding Wiseman as an equally unlikely inside centre. Continuing the theme of the big boys in the backs, Ollie Buckland took it up and delivered the perfectly weighted scoring pass for Kruis to crash over. Kemp converted. Stevenage’s come back efforts were initially thwarted; Cummings and Lucas were tenacious at the base, but the zonal defensive system suddenly proved faulty from an incisive break from the Stevenage nine, who spotted extra numbers left racing away to reduce Dorking’s half time lead to five points.

The half time chatter was whether Dorking had really done enough now playing into the elements or whether the bigger Stevenage pack could stay the course. After the break Dorking initially recycled well over multiple phases. Keenan and Kemp both looked threatening with the opportunities that came their way. Noble narrowly failed to release Kruis but had the ball knocked from his youthful grasp. From the set piece Stevenage’s scrum half again made a clean line break. Love scragged him at half way but not before the defence were drawn in and isolated allowing Stevenage to exploit the overlap and level the scores. The simple task of converting from under the posts hadn’t accounted on the athletic Kruis’ pace and determination and the rarity of a conversion charge down before the ball had barely left the kicker’s boot. It turned out to be a temporary respite. Stevenage half- backs again played the conditions intelligently finding the precious corner with regularity. Dorking’s defensive line out malfunctioned and the lively home blind side duly pilfered a deserved score and seven-point lead.

Strong runs by the angular Terelak and the deceptively elusive Spencer Richards lifted the spirits. Yet the masterstroke was the introduction of centre Sam Williams from the bench. Kiwi Williams collected a swirling high ball deep in defence and set off on a game changing sixty metre run from which Love, who’d been sparky all afternoon, put Roux in space for a clear run in. Kemp converted effortlessly. Andrews introduced Ted Watts shoring up the scrum and Angelo Shepherd, as the final period became a far more fractious affair. Liebenberg looked to be through to bag his brace but for a defensive hand dislodging the ball with the line begging. The Stevenage hooker, almost predictably, was yellow carded for a head hunting high tackle on wunderkind Kruis. The player advantage was short lived, James Catton joining his opposite number in the sin bin in what the visitors felt was a tough call by officialdom. Despite remaining only a single score ahead, the last few minutes played out without the lead and the winning run ever really being threatened. Director of Rugby Richie Andrews still feels the best performances are ahead: “On a personal note I was pleased to return to my first Club and come away with a win. It wasn’t our best performance but we’re in the hat for the next round, so job done.” Andrews added; “ God help the team we’re playing when we do put the whole package together.”

Squad: Spencer Richards, Mike Terelak, Richard Kemp, Simon Love, Ollie Keenan, Matt Noble, Ollie Cummings, Ben Lucas, Qin Wiseman, Armand Roux (Capt.) Rob Carloss, George Kruis, Ollie Buckland, James Catton, Eric Liebenberg, Angelo Shepherd, Ted Watts

Man of the Match; Qin Wiseman

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