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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 21 - Canvey 33

Straight from the kick off Canvey managed to put the visitors under pressure.

The home team's aggressive forward play and their tactics of starving Woodham's

back line of any space paid dividends. Canvey opened the scoring with a simple

penalty and added a try from rolling maul which was the prelude of what was to

come. 10-0. Woodham's set piece again was not functioning well,but from a scrappy

line out in their own half Woodham's three-quarters showed what talent they posses.

The ball was moved swiftly across the line to Duggan. The powerful winger made good

ground and fed Williams inside, his break was stopped just short but Duggan was on

hand to finish off the move. Brown converted 10-7. SWF lost influence captain Mclellan

with a shoulder injury and Canvey again showed how to execute a perfect rolling maul

from 10m out to score. 15-7 half time.

The second half continued where the first left off with Canvey's forwards keeping the

ball tight ,forcing Woodham to concede penalties. Two of which were converted. 21-7.

With the game slipping away Woodham then had a purple patch. From one of the few

secure scrums the ball was moved out to the backs where a simple pivot and loop by

fly half Brown gave space for Duggan to score his second. Brown's conversion out wide

was well taken. 21-14. The hosts went down ten men when their scrum half was sin binned

for persistent chat to the referee. With a scrum on half way and Canvey's defence concentrating

on Williams at centre. Bull seized his opportunity from base of the scrum and broke free.

The ageing no8 then found the supporting Gateson,with his speed he was able to allude

the two remaining defenders and score under the posts. Brown's kick the extras. 21-21.

Amazingly Woodham had managed draw level when the games statistics showed that

they should have been dead and buried. With all to play for Woodham then gave the

initiative back to the home team by trying to run the ball rather than clearing their lines.

From one of these forays Canvey were awarded a penalty. The predictable but well

constructed rolling maul again reaped its reward for another try. 26 -21.

Canvey continued to press and when they were awarded yet another penalty the resulting

line out produced the obvious outcome from the driving maul. Final score 33-21.

A disappointing performance all round but one that can be rectified. The big issue will

be how the team combats the rolling maul and larger forwards it will face.

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