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10
NOV

Sevenoaks Axv maintained their recent run with a convincing win over a spirited and sporting Edenbridge on Saturday. An early kick off was necessary due to the desire of the opposition to see the South Sea Islanders in full flow against some 5th team from SANZAR.

And from the start it was apparent that the home side were having trouble clearing the sleep from their eyes as they struggled to come to grips with the conditions, but as the half progressed there were signs that the Oaks were intent on ensuring that some form of a game of rugby would emerge from the mud wrestling contest which had transpired. On occasions such as these; the old rugby adage about forwards winning games and backs determining by how much was very much proven, as the Oaks pack started to turn the screw on the spirited and sporting Edenbridge side. The front consisting of the (ahem) athletic Scott, Ivell and Woolacott were on top in the scrums and causing havoc in the loose with good driving play around the fringes, ably supported by an engine room consisting of Browning and the Lynchmonster, who never failed to make yardage. The back row of Wood, Baldock and Tim “Pace off the Base” Bampton were also immense in both attack and defence. Although playing against a difficult breeze, Oaks had the lions share of possession and territory thanks to the sterling efforts of the pack but no scores were registered until just before half time as perhaps exuberance and on other occasions bad luck prevented the white wash being crossed. But it was only a matter of time before the Edenbridge resistance broke, again the pack were instrumental in driving nearly half the length of the pitch, a series of rucks and drives ensued before Edenbridge were penalised for coming in off their feet. Kavanagh tapped to Baldock who go held up 5 metres short, but managed to offload to the onrushing Rosier who carried two defenders over the line to score. Kavanagh converted and Oaks headed in to half time with a slender, but deserved lead.

As the wind increased Oaks decided to play the game in the Edenbridge half, forcing them back into their 22 and waiting for the opportunities to present themselves. And that is how the half panned out with Edenbridge reduced to kicking to clear their lines as the pressure was increased. Oaks started handling the conditions better and great interplay between the backs and forward resulted in Kavanagh going over after 15 minutes. It wasn’t long before another score was registered, this time it came from an outstanding hit by Kloppers on the ‘bridge fullback, the ball was recycled quickly and popped to Trevor Nicholson who in turn found the rampaging Bowler, again a quick recycle ensued resulting in Rosier taking it up the middle before passing to Ming Wood who drew the covering defender prior popping to Cosh who duly registered his first try of the season. Oaks continued to press for the remaining 10 minutes of the half with Coe coming off his wing to get involved, drawing a tackle before offloading to Kloppers who loped down centre field before offloading to Hayward who was having an outstanding game in the centre, he broke 4 tackles before being hauled down on the 22. The ball came back to Kavanagh who popped to Doughty who had taken a great line to waddle under the posts. The game finished with Oaks pressing for a final try, but to no avail.

In truth considering the conditions Oaks put together a pretty decent performance even without No. 1 cheerleader Bett. A special thanks to D Lockey for facilitating the early kick off and to all the guys who rocked up and put in such a tremendous effort. The Meave Cowboys man of the match award was hotly contested with Hayward putting in such a magnificent shift, but the eventual winner of the Meave Cowboys Stetson went to Tim “ Pace of the Base” Bampton. Next week we are away to Alyesford in what is sure to be a monumental match.

Sevenoaks 22 – 0 Edenbridge. (Scorers – Tries, Rosier, Kavanagh, Cosh, Doughty. Conv. Kavanagh)

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