Thank you to all those that sent in their match reports from last weekends other action across the Club.
Saturday 29th September
(By Tim Brindle)
Last Saturday the Bandits were at home to Old Alleynians and once again had a good turnout of the new crop of younger players as well as a fair sprinkling of the ‘old guard’. A good number of the non-playing members of the squad turned out to support their team mates.
Clubs attacking intent was shown with an early score and by the 20-minute mark they Bandits were 19-0 in the lead. OAs pulled back a score through a big runner breaking through, but the score was 24-7 at the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with the Bandits pack dominant, creating an excellent platform for the backs to work off. The final score was 43-17 and although the high score was the headline, the thing the Bandits took the most from was their defence, which was excellent throughout and the result of hard work in training the week before.
The Bandits are currently third in the Kent Spitfire League.
Sunday 30th September
(By Karen Smith)
Both Women’s XVs were in action last weekend, but sadly no wins for either. The 2’s had a tough Cup fixture away against London Irish and although the scoreline doesn’t suggest it they put in a gallant performance losing 90-0 :-(.
The 1’s were also on the road, away to Bath and with a fantastic performance in the second half they looked so close to a win but sadly came away with a losing bonus point with the final score being 25-24 to Bath.
(by Andrew Collett)
The U16’s were away to Beccehamians, last season’s Cup semi-finalists, for their second Kent qualifier match. The boys were looking for an improvement on their loss to Sevenoaks the previous weeks and whilst a number of experienced players were out with injury the remaining 18 players had high expectations.
Club competed very well, right from the kick off. The game was fast and physical but the Club players rose to the challenge. The half time score was 12 -10 to Beccehamians and in the second half Club were unlucky not to finish off a number of well worked moves that would have secured the game.
The final score was 31 – 17 to Beccehamians.
It was a very entertaining game of rugby and even though Club were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, it’s a massive improvement from the previous week. The boys stuck to their game plan, didn’t quit, played with passion and created the opportunities to score. That’s 95% of the work done and w We just need to train and hone the last 5% , which we will do in the next few Sundays at training.
(By Paul Roberts & Tim Brindle)
It was a convincing win for the U15 1st XV, beating Medway 50-0 and putting us back on track in our quest to defend our Kent Cup title from last year.
The 2nd XV was again in action in the Kent Shield, playing away at Beccahamians. The coaches were very aware of the attacking power and pace within the team so the focus was more on the pack and on the defensive effort. The boys did not disappoint and not only did they run in a tremendous 82 points, they defended with courage and intensity from 1 to 15, to deny their hosts a score.
Whilst it was a great team performance, the Man of the Match from the coaches and players themselves was unanimously Reigan.
(By Zak Vaesey)
Continuing on the back of a very good win v Ashford last week, this weekend saw the U14s play OAs A team in Dulwich and win 37-17, with 7 tries on the offering Lewis Stone with 1, Jack Hartland grabbing 2 and Tom Speed helping himself to 4 tries! but on a lesser note only manage to notch up a single conversion from 7 attempts thanks to the thunderous boot of Josh Watson who may have staked he’s claim for the job permanently.
Man of the match could have been given to a number of players based on the attitude of the teams performance, but was given to scrum half Lewis Stone for his ability to read the tempo of the game to dictate the attack pressure constant for the majority of the 50mins, against a very strong OA’s defensive line.
(By Nick Stone)
A very tough couple of games on Sunday against very well drilled and large Tunbridge Wells teams. Both A and B teams suffered heavy defeats. Full credit to the players for keeping their heads up – shows the boys have great character! Lots for the players and coaches to take away with the highest priority being our tackling.
Well done to Matthew Daniell and Sam Brennan who played their first games for the Club. Also congratulations to Oliver Pearton and Sam Brennan who scored the tries.