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Your News Sevenoaks Acorns avenge early season defeat

The Sevenoaks Acorns, desperate to avenge an early season defeat in their league encounter, were at home to old adversaries Tonbridge-Juddians in a hard fought match that saw the game on an edge right up to the last quarter. In great conditions for running rugby, with a dry and hard pitch, the game flowed from end to end with a resilient opposition defence dulling an excellent Acorns attacking line, with flyhalf Stephens dominating the midfield and centres Bingham and Hayward running strong attacking lines and fullback McMorran proving outside support.

The Acorns opened the scoring after a series of rucks and mauls took the team to within metres of the opposition line, with ubiquitous flanker Kelly driving the team forward and eighthman Bowler relishing his freedom at the back of the scrum. Scrumhalf Carrick secured quick ball and fed Stephens who popped the ball inside to Bowler for him to cross. Carrick added the conversion. Soon after, however, some sloppy defence allowed the TJs centre to run an inside line and a score under the posts, but the conversion was fortunately missed for the teams to cross at 7-5.

The Acorns enjoyed the wind at their backs in the second half and this saw them increasingly camped in the TJs half and slowly gain the ascendency, with Nicholson, supporter by lifters Groves and Shirtcliff, later replaced by Thurnell, in superb form and stealing the opposition throw-in seemingly at will. Carrick calmly slotted a penalty to take a five point lead and skipper Daniel crossed for two well worked tries after some strong running. Soon thereafter, after driving play by lock Emmins and prop forward Groves, Kelly was rewarded for his twist-and-turn efforts by another five-pointer. A series of scrums saw the Acorns tight five push the opposition pack back and secure turnover ball, and Bowler was able to touch down for his second try after the pack had driven the set piece superbly and kept their shape for some ten yards. Soon thereafter, with the Acorns superior fitness beginning to tell, winger Billy Park drove forward and linked with Van der Berg to storm down the right flank and feed Bowler for his second try. The game ended with a good 32-7 win for the home side to take them to within two games of securing the league title.

Next Saturday sees the Acorns playing in a 4-Nations festival in Paris as a prelude to the 6-nations encounter at Stade Francais, with those remaining in Sevenoaks playing an important league encounter at home v Weavering.

Acorns from: Groves, Morris, Thurnell, Shirtcliff, Emmins, Bowler, Nicholson, Kelly, Daniell, Dixon, Carrick, Stephens, Bingham, Hayward, Park B, Park A, McMorran, Wilde, Van der Berg

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