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Your News Sevenoaks A XV tough it out in local derby.

After the disappointment of the preceding weeks result and performance, the Axv refocused for the Derby clash with near neighbours Juddians at Knole Paddock on Saturday. Playing into a strong breeze Oaks provided their now legendary first big ten, unfortunately unlike the previous season, where points were gathered, Oaks managed to concede with less that 9 minutes on the clock.

But fielding a more balanced and settled team Oaks soon set about the task of turning that setback around. They say that forwards win games and this game proved that in spades, with each and everyone of the pack putting in stellar performances. From the first scrum Groves, Ivel and Scott introduced the opposition front row to views normally reserved for pilots, and before the end of the half it was clear that the aerial topography was not to their liking as they were devoured, the engine room of Browning and the Lynchmonster combined with the eager and dangerous Backrow of Bampton, Alldred and Miles we provided with a platform that a loosey could only dream of. With a steady supply of good clean ball Kavanagh managed to direct his passes in the general vicinity of Kennedy who began directing his runners into the increasingly desperate TJs defence. With dominance in the tight it was only a matter of time before Oaks made the break through and this occurred after some stunning work by the forwards driving through the TJs pack getting to within 10 metres of the TJs line, Kavanagh shipped the ball out to Kennedy who laid off for the onrushing Coop to slice through the defence to score, the extras were missed but Oaks were now back in the Hunt. The mounted on TJs as Oaks pack started to dominate the aerial duel as well and the attacks kept coming, unfortunately a lack of precision and accuracy on the pass were all the kept TJs in the game. Opportunities came and went as the half came to its conclusion.

The second half followed the first half with the lions share of possession going to Sevenoaks, but patience would be the watchword for the half. As expected Oaks tore into the TJs defence with strong carrys from Browning and Lynch. This early pressure yielded a penalty opportunity which Kavanagh duly converted. As the pack started to turn the screw, and with Cosh and Van Schalwyk starting to make headway with some great lines off the prompting of Kennedy. Oaks nearly got on their second try of the game following a great chase from Rosier off a Kavanagh up and under, taking the fullback as he re acquainted himself with terra firma. The ball spilled loose and was hacked on by Kavanagh, who only needed to cushion the ball over the line to score, unfortunately he showed the touch of an elephant and nearly took out the centre forward on the opposite pitch.

With the game entering the Final quarter Oaks introduced Skippy and Hopkins to freshen things up and this paid immediate dividends with Hopkins hitting Kennedy from top ball off a line out, Rosier stepped his opposite number to feed Van Schalwyk who was held up 10 yards short, but he showed great presence of mind to off load to Doughty who cantered over in the corner to take the lead. This was followed up by a great take by Bampton from the kick off, which lead to the ball moving right to Coop who made headway down the right flank, a quick recycle had Kennedy feeding Van Schalwyk in John Smit mode, who promptly took on the entire backline slicing through on an angle to be cruelly stopped millimetres from the line, as the defence started to reorganise, Miles picked and crashed over in the clubhouse corner to provide some breathing space for oaks. The final period of the game had TJs gamely searching for salvation and they were rewarded with a well worked try with minutes remaining. But Oaks held on to secure a 18-15 victory.

Following on from the disappointment from the previous weeks this team came back and showed their mettle, whilst the score line was less than comfortable, Oaks were by far the more potent and threatening outfit on show and with a bit more luck would of ran out more comfortable winners. But all things considered this was a satisfactory result and a lot of credit must be given to the team for pulling itself off the floor to play some good attacking winning Rugby. A special thank you goes out to Dan Coe for hearing the call to arms during the week and togging out, even though he did not get the opportunity to join the fray.

Sevenoaks 18 15 Tonbridge Juddians. (scorers Tries Coop, Doughty, Miles. Pens Kavanagh)

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