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Your News Sevenoaks U14 15 - Jersey U14 7

Sevenoaks U14s welcomed touring side Jersey to a Knole Paddock heavy with overnight rain, which duly resumed as the game started. In what has become their trademark, Sevenoaks stared slowly being second best in the loose and under pressure at the set pieces. From a defensive scrum, the Oaks could not control the ball as the scrum wheeled giving the Jersey fly-half the chance to charge down the clearance kick, recover the loose ball and cross for the opening try which was easily converted for an early 7 0 lead.

Stung into action, the Oaks began to get into the game though many of the attacks stalled as runners became isolated in the tackle and the Jersey forwards, present in greater numbers, were able to secure turnover ball. Sevenoaks narrowed the gap with a penalty from Tommy Fuller after a strong drive into the Jersey 22. The Oaks forward play began to improve particularly in the lineout. But for a slight knock-on, the Oaks almost scored from a Jersey lineout on their own 5-metre line. A couple of minutes later the Oaks scored as sustained pressure took play to within a couple of metres of the Jersey line and scrum-half Charlie Virgo dived through a gap for a try that gave Sevenoaks a narrow half time lead of 8 7.

In the second half, Sevenoaks began to take a firmer grip on the game with greater continuity through the loose phases of play and dominance in the tight over a tiring Jersey pack. However, too many opportunities were wasted as Oaks attackers took on one too many defenders or kept the ball in midfield rather than using the width of the pitch to create overlaps. Midway through the second half, the Oaks had moved deep into the Jersey 22 and from an attacking scrum, the ball moved through a couple of phases before Ben Wombwell emerged from a maul to crash over for a try converted by Fuller. The remainder of the match was played out between the 22s as the physical effects of a keenly contested match began to take their toll with Jersey providing a spirited performance right to the end.

At the final whistle Sevenoaks emerged winners by 15 points to 7 thus ending their 2007/8 15-a-side season undefeated winning all nine matches scoring a total of 278 points and conceding only 37.

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