With the Bandits game called off due to Bromley being unable to field a front row, and captain Clarky opting to reschedule rather than take the Home Walkover points, all the other action last weekend was on the Sunday.
Womens 1st XV
On Sunday afternoonBlackheath Ladies made the long journey to Hove. It was inevitable that the game would be difficult, with Hove having one of the best defensive records in the league. The game was to be a game that will no doubt stick with the team for a long time. After some positive periods of play and solid attack from Blackheath, a lapse in defence allowed Hove to make a break on the wing for their first try.
At half time Hove led 14-0, but with an number of injuries hitting the team, and players playing out of position, Blackheath struggled to work through the phases and maintain possession. Punishing Blackheath for their every mistake, Hove carried hard, and with missed tackles aplenty, received a very convincing score of 41-0. With no first team game this week, it’s safe to say training is a must, as the squad take on Cheltenham away the following weekend, in what will be a very competitive game of rugby with both teams gunning for the win!
On Sunday morning the U15 1st XV travelled to Old Whitgiftians RFC for a friendly fixture. Old Whitgiftians were short of a few players so we lent them some of our own squad to make up the numbers. The 1st XV put in a very polished performance and won the match comfortably by 83 – 7. The coaches were particularly pleased with the excellent distribution of the ball by the backs who scored some excellent tries.
Blackheath U14s visited a spirited Tunbridge Wells XV and through excellent teamwork managed a handsome victory; 82-0 with 14 tries and 6 conversions. TW fought hard for the whole match and with only 15 players to call upon the ailing opponents were no match for the visitor’s 22. Blackheath forwards delivered plenty of quick ball to their dominant backline who moved the ball effectively in to the gaps offered up by the defence. As the adage goes, “forwards win matches and the backs determine by how much” and on this sunny morning in Tunbridge the Blackheath backs ran riot, scoring too many tries to mention. TW forwards fought hard and were very strong in the set pieces but once the ball was in the open the momentum shift was prolific, as was the scoring. Man of the Match, Max George, exemplified the backs superiority running in four tries from all over the pitch. Well done all and thanks to TW for being welcoming and gracious hosts.
The U13 As braved the Dartford Crossing making the trip to Brentwood. We lost 6-3 but to put this into context, Brentwood haven’t lost all season, have only conceded 1 try all season and won their last match 12-0. They also had one stand-out player who scored at least four of their tries quite often from deep in their own 22.
The boys really improved over the last couple of fixtures and executed what we had worked on in training. It was a great learning experience and some key takeaways to focus on ahead of the first Kent Waterfall on 18th November.
Sahib Dhaliwal scored a brace and Merlin Edney-Harrison added the third try.
U12s played at the Southend Festival, taking on the might of Essex. Two initial 1-1 draws vs Harlow and Ipswich were followed by convincing 6-3 wins vs Harlow (again) and Braintree 2-1. Some quality play, especially the counter-rucking, led to the successful squad returning with some decent silverware!