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Home > News > Rusty Oaks U13s grind out tough win
Your News Rusty Oaks U13s grind out tough win

Sevenoaks A 17 Blackheath A 5

Sevenoaks B 7 Blackheath B 0

Sevenoaks under 13s looked like a team that hadnt played together for over a month in a hard fought and well deserved victory over a physically tough Blackheath side at Kidbroke. Playing into a very strong wind in the first half Oaks played sensible rugby by using a pick and drive strategy well executed by their powerful forwards. Despite the size of the home sides forwards Oaks front row took three against the head and Wheadon was totally dominant in the lineout. From a series of attacks, when it seemed that each of the 8 carried aggressively, hooker Small crashed over for the opening score which was converted by McKerlie. Blackheath were big and powerful but Oaks backs shackled them well with centres Fear and Orsbourn putting in some thumping tackles to keep them behind the gain line. It was in attack howver that Okas looked sluggish and a raft of uncharacteristic mistakes and tactical errors were made at crucial moments. Despite this the back 3 of Parker, Urquhart and Martyn looked dangerouis and Blackheath were hanging on when the half time whistle went.

However, with te wind now behind them Oaks became complacent and after conceding 4 needless penalties (although at least 50% were harsh) they found themselves desperately defending their own line and after repelling several big forward charges the line cracked and Blackheath scored, only to miss an easy conversion. This, and some home truths from skipper Vizard, galvanised the visitors and there was then only one team in it. Fly half Poland cleverly feigned to kick a penalty to touch before changing doirection and moving the ball blind, only for the final execution to go awry with the line begging for flanker Jeffries. As their confidence increased Oaks streated to combine backs and forwards and a superb move to the left put powerful fullback Urquhart into space. Although he had been well marshalled by the home side, with each tackle being out in by two defenders, this time he was away and after a sidestep, shoulder dip and hand off he was over I te hcorner. With the score at 12-7 Oaks made several changes but this only served to increase the pace fo their play and afer a fine swerving run by Parker was stopped juts short of the line open side flanker Sinclair was first to the breakdown and thundered over with tow Blackheath backs hanging off his back. From a very difficult angle and distance Poland came very close with te conversion, but the final whistle blew soon afterwards and Oaks reflected on a workmanlike performance.

With 6 reserves on te A team bench the fact that the B squad had 18 players reflects the depth of the under 13 squad and the B team started first in a 3 way mini tournamenetr aginst the hosts and Whitstable A team. Although they were immediately under a lot of pressure (Blackheath played most of their A squad reserves in te B game) Oaks defence was outstanding with flankers Durrant and the ever improving Link, putting in heroic performances. Wiuth the match deadlocked and seemingly heading for a scoreless draw, an outstanding length of the field break by debutant centre Holland, saw him crash over for a converted try and deserved 7-0 victory. In te hsecond game against Whitstabel Oaks cam eup against a very big Whitstable side who had one outstanding runner and he ran past, what seemed to be every Okas defender, to socre in te corner. However Oaks played all of the rugby and the backs, well served by half backs Hewitt and Harber, ran aggressively and skilfully, but Whitstables defnec held firm. From a last play 5m scurm The opposition 8 crashed over for an unconverted try and the game was lost 10-0, but wiuth new players and ebutandts Jepsona dn Holland looking very impressive, the boys have a lot to build on.

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