Following on from Grahams match report from the win away at Cambridge, here are the rest of the Club results. Any missing ones will be added as the reports come in.
U17’s by Russell Ticehurst
It seems every week this season there is an increasing physical challenge for the Club U17’s in the Kent Cup competition and this week was the toughest so far against a very well drilled, well organised and very determined Canterbury side.
Fortunately Club U17’s (from the start) looked comfortable in possession but with lots of ball in attack all too often the final pass would slip out of hand or be deemed to have drifted forward on the strong breeze.
Club set piece was outstanding all day winning not only their own ball but also Canterbury too at will, particularly in the line out, which proved to be a determining factor in this contest. That said Club were a point down at half time 7-6 due to some uncharacteristic poor tackling after a sliced and panicked kick from inside their own 22.
But with the slope and the breeze in the second half Club started to fire and Canterbury had few answers to the increase in power, disciplined handling and pace which added to the all round improved quality of possession Club had. Two tries eventually followed but sadly tempers began to fray causing the official to use his whistle all too often which meant play was no longer fluent and the contest became very much based at close quarters.
Eventually in the dying seconds the home side moved the ball and got themselves a deserved late try.
The unnecessarily rushed dropped conversion attempt was missed from right in front which meant Club sealed a well earned and very hard fought victory 12-16.
When these two sides meet it is always close and Sunday was no exception.
We wish the Canterbury players and coaches well for the rest of their season and look forward to seeing them again.
U15’s by Tim Brindle
On Sunday the U15s 2nd XV played a friendly fixture against Edenbridge on Sunday, but with injuries affecting a good proportion of the squad, 4 boys were ‘borrowed’ from the 1st XV in order to put out a full team plus subs.
Whilst it was a damp morning, fortunately the worst of the forecast weather held off which enabled the boys to play some good rugby and Club got off to a good start, with the midfield creating good space that the pace on the wings could exploit. 3 tries and 2 conversions meant that Club led 5-19 at the break, with perhaps two more trys that should have been scored but the chances were not finished off.
Some pre planned changes, to give players experience in different positions, inevitably led to some disruption to Clubs play which, together with Edenbridge adapting to our game plan to effectively shut down our wings, meant that the second half was a tougher and more physical contest. Nonetheless, Club adapted and the final score was 17-38.
Man of the match went to Alex for his work in the centre, most notably in defence where his text book tackling technique and excellent line speed shut down the opposition midfield brilliantly. However special mentions must go to Monty, who filled the scrum half slot with both of the usual occupants of that berth out injured, and to Fin who, when Edenbridge lost one of their front row to injury, stepped up to play for them rather than have the game go to uncontested scrums.
Thank you to Edenbridge for being great hosts and we wish them well for the rest of the season!
U13’s by Nick Stone
Well done to all the boys yesterday against Westcombe Park As. We lost 10-35 but they were very competitive and much improved. Despite the scoreline of 0-25 the 1st half was competitive – a couple of key differences we can work on.
The 2nd half was much improved ending 10-10. The boys showed real character to pick themselves up in 2nd half and tighten up defensively.
Forwards worked as a pack and were cohesive, scrummaging was much better and the rucking, both the intensity and technical application, was much improved. We all still need to work on tackling.
Great to see so many of the boys play competitively at this level. In total 21 players got on the pitch. Welcome back to Dylan Reynolds from his injury and welcome to Sahib Singh. Well done to Diego Golsby and Dylan Reynolds for the tries.
Minis by Graham Colledge
The Blackheath Minis Rugby Festival was held last Sunday at Avery Hill Park, where over 1000 children between the ages of 6 and 11 from 18 clubs braved some wet weather conditions to provide some stunning rugby. No results are recorded so there were no winners as such but a great day out was had by all.
For the first time as reward for players demonstrating true rugby values invitational Barbarians games were played towards the end of the festival with extra rewards provided to those taking part.
Many pictures taken on the day but maybe the headline photo one sums it all up?