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For a second successive Saturday, Dorking played out a league stalemate in horrendous conditions, which again largely undermined any attempt to play open expansive rugby. Director of Rugby Richie Andrews felt the outcome was a point dropped rather than won. “While the conditions and the accumulated points were the same, this was a much tougher test than on the east Kent coast last week. Basingstoke’s London One pedigree was pretty evident. We’ll take the point but we didn’t or weren’t allowed to develop anything like our usual rhythm.”

On their first ever visit to Brockham, Basingstoke’s direct and unrelenting approach demanded a tough close quarter shift from the battling Lucas, Catton and Kruis. The Hampshire side had the better of the opening quarter managing an impressive degree of continuity during the torrential downpour. Yet the visitors were unable to trouble the scorers. Morris the out half missed a kickable penalty, at the same time setting the scene for the goal kickers to follow. Having weathered that particular onslaught, the influential Qin Wiseman started to provide a solid target for the Dorking pack to work around. Noble found some space for Roux to get beyond the Basingstoke trenches with George Kruis in support. With the line seemingly at his mercy, the trainee Saracen selflessly but needlessly moved it on to big Mike Terelak giving the drifting defenders a split second reprieve to bundle Terelak into touch. In form centre Simon Love took his turn to drift a penalty wide before slipping Rob Clarke through only to be called back by the prominent Mr Nicholas who’d spotted an illegal crossing amidst the muck and bullets.

While the rain relented after the restart both sides struggled to find any purchase in the set piece, the advantage strangely switching to the side not enjoying the put in. Noble was once again the first to puncture the gloom with a fifty- metre kick and chase. Eventually the game started to open up. Liebenberg moved effortlessly off the bench to add much needed go forward. Man of the Match Award Winner Adam Kelly was concrete in the set and loose, mentoring teenage Catton through another successful module of his senior rugby scholarship. With touchline talk of whether there’d ever been a previous pools panel no score draw, Roux and Geldenhuys out muscled the Basingstoke ruck. Cummings, who’d been lively and intelligent throughout whipped it across the back line, before Clarke straightened and the reliable Kemp crossed in the corner. Five – nil Dorking and given the paucity of previous chances, what appeared the winning score. Love showed extraordinary spatial awareness to weave his way through the mud ladened pack and Roux added astute kicking from hand to his all round repertoire. With Ben Allard assured under the high ball and with his own line kicking, Dorking were on top, probably for the first time, but fell victim to a classic sucker punch. On the same day that Basingstoke provided Tom Croft and Tom Rees to combine in the England back row at Twickenham, Rees’ younger brother Dan linked up equally well with the sparky Simon Buckland sucking in the Dorking defence for visiting man of the match Jamie Folan to produce quick ball and big blind side Appleby touched down largely unopposed. As the gloom and the bonfire crowds gathered, first Dorking full back Allard and then Basingstoke’s Maori Morris failed with kicks that would have produced an arguably undeserving winner for either team.

The draw leaves Dorking top of the table on points difference from the next opponents, old rivals Cobham. “Cobham had a good win at Beckenham so we head for the new Cobham Community Sports Stadium on Saturday even stevens. It couldn’t be set up any better.” Andrews salivated.

Dorking Squad: Bed Allard, Mike Terelak, Richard Kemp, Simon Love, Rob Clarke, Matt Noble, Ollie Cummings, Ben Lucas, Jason Geldenhuys, Qin Wiseman, George Kruis, Armand Roux, Ollie Buckland, James Catton, Adam Kelly, Eric Liebenberg, Ted Watts, Sam Williams

Man of the Match; Adam Kelly

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