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Your News Sevenoaks Extra 1st XV 43 v 6 Old Dunstonians
09
DEC

SEVENOAKS enjoyed a comfortable win on Saturday running out convincing winners against Old Dunstonians.

The Extra 1st XV played a patient game pouncing on every mistake Old Dunstonians made with ruthless finishing, including a hat-trick for James Barber.

Despite a boggy pitch at Knole Paddock Sevenoaks’ pack held strong in the scrums and stole plenty of lineout ball to give the fast back-line every chance to rack up the points.

Sevenoaks started the match strongly and playing into a sun that was already beginning to set, they were soon testing Old Dunstonians’ defence.

Stealing a scrum close on the opposition’s line Sevenoaks moved the ball quickly through the backs before Nick Shenton found his way over the line to open the scoring.

Old Dunstonians soon replied with a penalty after Sevenoaks failed to roll away at the break down, and the game was still very much up for grabs early on.

Oaks did not lose their rhythm though and James Barber gave the home side some breathing space as he showed typical Barber speed to score his first try of the afternoon.

Regular dents were made in the away team’s defence as Malcolm McCulloch and Ollie Smith made the hard yards look easy with fly-half George Bantin bringing them into play.

Old Dunstonians played in a predictable way given their bulky line up but Oaks’ defence was more than a match for their big runners and the away side were restricted to nine points at halftime.

Re-starting the match under a half-moon, Sevenoaks showed their superior levels of fitness, skill and determination as they ran riot on Old Dunstonians’ defence.

An assured performance at scrum half from Ricky Brookman set the backline flowing and Sevenoaks became a threat from every position on the field.

Pearson’s straight lines fixed the opposition’s defence and Shenton’s outside breaks were a constant threat, resulting in a second try for the centre.

Brookman got a try of his own and Will Barber also went over the line but he was outshone by his younger brother as James Barber went over twice more to secure his hat-trick, saving his best for last.

Old Dunstonians kicked over Sevenoaks’ defence where the ball was collected calmly and a smooth offload put Barber in space on the halfway line.

The younger Barber declined to use the support of his brother Will, who was the only player able to keep up with him, as he easily side-stepped the on coming fullback and kept going to the line to wrap up the comfortable victory.

The Extra 1st XV have a chance to rest their legs next week but face a tough away trip to Dover on Saturday 20.

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