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Your News Oaks send off Skipper Dodd with perfect weekend of rugby

2 wins, 119 points, 17 tries for the 1st team in epic weekend of rugby. On Saturday Oaks tore Warlingham apart in their penultimate league fixture of the season, with 21 points coming from Jonny Barber (eight from eight with the boot), and tries from Mark Davey, Alex Barber, Tom Swallow, Roger Tafua, Robert Unwin, Jonny Short and Robbie Streather, culminating in a 56-36 win for the team. The Oaks were unstoppable, being led for the final time this season by skipper and Man-of-the-Match Matt Dodd, who travels to Australia for six months to play rugby. The whole senior squad and management wish Matt the very best of luck.

On Sunday, the 1s roused their sore bodies to put in another fine display in the Kent Plate semi-final v Gravesend, with Man-of-the-Match and Academy player George Beale showing an all-round display of fluent attack and powerful defence. Tries from Jonny Barber (2), Dan Sinclair (2), Robbie Streather, Adam Suttill, Robbie Unwin, Roger Tafua and the unstoppable Beale secured a 62-12 win with Oaks progressing to the final on 28th April where they will play Old Dunstonians.

Please go here for the full match reports and pictures:

At the Paddock on Saturday the moral of the 2s match was finding the sticks would have been the fix as they went down to Beckenham by 20 points to 24.

The game was a close contest with brace of tries each for winger Jamie Kedge and outside centre Will Walker, the tries coming predominantly from line breaks and catching the opponent on the back foot. Notably second row Oli Parrett ripped an opposition ball out of a maul, giving an inside pass to Thierry Walker, who put cousin Will over the line. Kedge's second try was pure class, as he masterfully weaved along the touchline, keeping in play, to score in the corner.

However, despite in many respects Oaks being the stronger team on the day, a hefty penalty count, an inability to win at the lineout and the shots for goal being off target saw the home side record a close defeat.

The 3s also lost narrowly to a very strong Whitstable team. It didnt help that 3 soft tries were conceded in the first 15 minutes, with attempts at shoulder high tackling being the main culprit, and the spirited Oaks fight back was blighted by 2 tries being disallowed by the unsighted referee, so it was also a case of what may have been, with the final score a 17-26 loss.

On Sunday the Sevenoaks U17s recorder a very rare loss as an under-strength team were beaten 28-15 by OEs in the Kent Cup semi-final and, in the process, lost their 4th fly half of the season.

However, it will be a very different side for the National Cup match on Sunday and I hope you can all come down to Farnham to watch the boys play in the last 8 in the country against Shelford in the south-east final. This game is at Farnham RFC in Surrey (kick off will be 16h30) and we would love to see as many Oaks supporters there as possible for what is effectively a quarter-final encounter.

Also on Sunday, the Sevenoaks U9s returned from the prestigious Old Colfeians Rugby Festival as Cup winners, having won all 5 matches in convincing fashion by scoring a remarkable 35 tries and only conceding 2.

They played a brand of running rugby that no other side could live with in the pool stages by beating Blackheath B 9-0, Old Alleynians 7-1 and Old Dartfordians 5-0. In the semi-final, they completely overwhelmed Old Beccs 11-0 before winning a hard fought but much deserved 3-1 victory against Blackheath A in the final.

Elsewhere Sevenoaks U 7s played some fantastic rugby in losing the Aylesford Festival final on the golden try rule. Oaks got off to a flyer in their first pool game vs Aylesford B winning 9-3. Next up Aylesford C were beaten 6-1 and the final pool match saw Oaks beat Gravesend 8-2. It was fitting that the final should be between Gravesend A and Sevenoaks as both dominated their pools. The game was all square at 8-8 at full time and the game went to a golden try that Gravesend duly scored on their first attack. A great tournament played in a superb spirit and a shame that there had to be a loser in what was a memorable final.

However, the team were victorious in the Old Colfeians festival. On the way to the final they beat Edenbridge 6-4, Dartfordians 3-1 and Old Colfeians 7-3. The final match saw Sevenoaks play a Barbarians team and great team spirit saw them romp home 6-2.

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Josh Pettet called into England U20s squad -

Rugby programme for Saturday 13th April 2013:

1st XV v Lewes HOME 15h00 kick-off

2nd XV v Folkestone AWAY 15h00 kick-off

3rd XV v Canterbury AWAY 15h00 kick-off

Sunday 7th April 2013:

U17s v Shelford in south-east final of National Cup at Farnham RFC 16h30 kick-off

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