Dartfordians vs Bandits
On Saturday the Bandits travelled the short distance to take on local opposition Old Dartfordian 4s.
On a muddy paddock the Bandits started strongly, playing inside the Darts 22, receiving a few penalties before darts were able to clear. Soon after Darts broke away and scored the first try of the game. 5-0. Bandits went up the other end and put pressure on to earn a score, converted by Clarky.
Then it turned. The bandits were under constant pressure for the remainder of the half and Darts racked up a 19-7 lead.
In the second half the Bandits showed more intensity in defence and a bit more invention in attack. This however didn’t change the situation as Darts crossed the line a few more times.
With 15 minutes to go the Bandits were awarded a penalty 15m out, scrum half Nik Dinning took a quick one, which unleashed young Joe Marshall across for his first try for the Club. Well done Joe!
This was converted from out wide by Clarky but Darts scored another try leaving the final score lots -10.
The Bandits were beaten for the first time this season but not dismayed. We will pick ourselves up, train hard and get back to winning ways in 2 weeks.
The U15s 2nd XV were in action at home against Edenbridge 1’s in a return fixture from the one held earlier in the season. In the away game Club were victorious but not so at home!
Club got off to a good start with the forwards countering a bigger pack by combining mobility with good line speed and aggression in the tackle and breakdown, and the half backs orchestrating the backs well. The first half was very even stevens with a converted and unconverted try apiece, making the score 12-12 at half time.
Two injuries in the Club side made a dramatic difference however at half time when Ed, captain and front row, and Nathan, scrum half, were forced to retire leaving the Club side under a lot more pressure. Edenbridge stepped up their game and forced such pressure that they sent on to score 30 unanswered points in the second half.
Credit to our boys who never let their heads go down and battled to the end, and could have score twice barring a handling error on the line and a decision against us on turnover ball. The Edenbridge coaches singled out the two injuries as the turning point in terms of shape and game management and felt that the scoreline should have been closer. In the huddle after the game they reflected on what they needed to learn from the defeat in order to prepare of Old Ruts on Sunday, and the Kent Shield semi final on the 10th.
Good luck for your upcoming games Edenbridge – its always a great fixcture between us and we look forward to next season encounters.
There is no scoring as such but U7s made the trip to Rosslyn Park on Sunday (a bit of a deja vu moment for a good number of the kids and parents having supported the 1st XV there less than 24 hours earlier) for their annual festival.
2 teams from Blackheath attended the festival and represented the Club exceptionally well.
Some great tries scored, not many at all against and some fantastic off loads, team play, tagging and support play left the South East of London considerably more upbeat than their South West counterparts. Good time keeping mentioned also keeping the games running to time!
Well done to the whole U7s in their first festival season of TAG rugby. Showing some real promise for the future.