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Your News Sevenoaks U17 in historic win

This season of seasons finally drew to a triumphant close on Sunday for our U17s. After two years, twelve matches (including the qualifiers) the U17s finally took their place in the Sevenoaks RFC Hall of Fame as they became the first side from the club (and, indeed, from Kent!) to secure a National title.

A confident Old Northamptonians XV were despatched 38-10 at Franklins Gardens to secure Oaks' fourth piece of silverware this term. Perhaps the three hour coach trip was partly responsible for Oaks, playing into a strong wind, suffering two early setbacks. First, ONs, after a period of pressure, scored with a well worked try that they failed to convert. Second, back row talisman Will De Smith was taken from the field with a nasty knee injury. However, Oaks are made of stern stuff these days and these twin hiccups were treated as minor flesh wounds rather than fatal blows and they marched down the pitch to score a both a penalty and converted try by Foley in short order to take a lead that they never relinquished.

With the elements against Oaks, ONs continued to press. However, their best efforts foundered on the twin tackling monsters that are Messrs Beale and Short. Their centres spent more time in the air than British Airways, as the Oaks duo drove them back time and again in the tackle. On the odd occasion they tried to bypass the midfield, they were greeted by the silent assassin that is Master Norhe. After one such mugging by the enigmatic winger, the ball was swiftly transferred down the line and a score was created for Captain Medhurst close to the sticks and with Saunders adding the extras, Oaks held a healthy 17-5 halftime lead.

In the second half Oaks, now playing with the wind, continued to rack up the points and through some good play and capitalising on ONs errors, scored a further three converted tries, with touchdowns from Walker, Beale and Pettitt. By the end of the match despite a below par lineout performance, the Oaks eight led by Thompson, Pettitt and Naismith Minor along with the youngest of the Hunt clan had ground the opposition pack to a standstill. At the final whistle the score stood at 38-10 to the lads from Knole Paddock, and the celebrations could begin.

U17s coach, Jon Muchmore commented "the boys, coaches and managers have worked so hard over the last 10 years and we have had unbelievable support from the parents, sponsors and the senior club. It's a tribute to Sevenoaks RFC, with its huge commitment to its junior programme, which this season involved some 528 lads and lasses from about 77 schools, that we are the first Kent side to win such a prestigious prize.

It's the 4th piece of silverware for the season and the boys have enjoyed playing some top clubs from other counties on the way to getting this national success. We are all delighted and proud that they put in such a great performance, which they needed to, and weren't phased by the big occasion."

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