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Vigo 2 XV 7 v 71 Sevenoaks A XV

Sevenoaks Axv secured a resounding victory over a gallant Vigo side on Saturday. Playing up the slope in the first half the Sevenoaks pack led by the effervescent McCullough tore into Vigo with gusto. The opening exchanges were hotly contested as counter rucking and the occasional flop over the ball led to possession changing hands regularly. Eventually the Oaks pack started to gain ascendency with the front row in particular comprising of Denny, Thomas and Browne upping the ante and causing mayhem at every opportunity. Oaks handling in the conditions were superb and breaking and distribution from Booysen who had a standout game at 10 started to tell as they set up camp in the Vigo half. Eventually Sevenoaks made the break through with some superb carries by Brennan and Gellaty which were held up short of the line, but Boatwright-Smith finally burrowed over for the first score of the game. It wasnt long before the second came based on solid work in the scrum McCullough picked and fed Kavanagh who skidded over in the corner to double the advantage. Vigo to their credit did not accept the inevitability of defeat and came back with some strong work from their pack which eventually resulted in a deserved try for their number 10 who took advantage of clever placement of their props in the Oaks defensive line. Oaks came back strongly and a fine break by Booysen resulted in the ball going through the hands of the backs for Aldred to finish off the move from 25 metres out. From the kickoff Oaks managed to set up good position just off the half way line following some great carries by Smith, Brennan and Browning, Kavanagh whipped the ball out to Booysen who beat one defender prior to offloading to Hayward who with half the Vigo backline in attendance managed to set off on a meandering run which culminated in a fine try in the opposite corner of the park. The conversion proved to be the final act of the half and Oaks approached the second half with a considerable advantage which they were not to relinquish.

A few changes in personnel at half time resulted with the introduction of Scott and Barber for Coop and Gellaty. Expectedly this did not weaken the side in any way shape or form and the pair tore into Vigo with relish. This resulted in more space opening up for Doughty and Watmough. One scything break from Barber resulted in Doughty drawing the defender to feed Watmough to break on the outside and finish under the posts. Oaks dominance in all facets of play did not prevent Vigo from pushing them and it was a testament to the spirit of that club that their players played with pride and passion in the Jersey. Unfortunately for them, Oaks pushed themselves further and some fine interplay between Barber resulted in Scott going down the outside from 50 metres out to finish under the posts. Oaks were looking to force the pace further and again fine play between Doughty and Barber resulted in Watmough taking the ball from his boot laces to again power his way home from 40 metres. As the game moved into its final quarter Scott made a fine break and through the Vigo cover to feed the flying Browning to swan dive under the posts. Vigo were struggling to get out of their own half at this stage but battled bravely in the contact area, but as the tackles began to mount up Aldred managed to pilfer the ball from a ruck and ghost his way through the tiring Vigo defence to grab his second try of the afternoon. The scoreboard did not stop ticking over with Scott finishing off a splendid break from Booysen. And in the dying seconds of the game Vigo managed to steal a strike against the head, their 8 picked and drove into Booysen who managed to put his man down, and was back on his feet quickly to secure possession for Oaks, the ball was shipped along the line to Barber who raced s of the length of the field to finish the game off.

The final score was slightly unfair on Vigo who battled to the end, but it was a reasonable reflection of the game. The Axv would like to pass on their regards to the Vigo hooker who unfortunately sustained a broken collarbone in the opening stages of the game. As per usual there was some unfinished business and this was the awarding of the Meave Cowboys man of the match award which was presented to Louis Aldred who was outstanding. Unfortunately the Cowboys Stetson has disappeared but the replacement Afro was most fetching and well deserved. Oaks look to continue their good start to the New Year with another away journey to our near neighbours Tonbridge Juddians on Saturday.

Scorers Tries Aldred 2, Watmough 2, Boatwright Smith, Kavanagh, Hayward, Browning, Scott, Barber. Conversions Kavanagh 5, Booysen 4.

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