Cobham played some of the best Rugby they have played all season in attack & defence against Medway on Saturday.
A number of changes to the squad from the last match against CS Rugby because of injury & unavailability saw Wing Miles Fletcher debut at Scrumhalf, playing his first ever game at 9. Veteran Arran Cowell came into the Centre with Wing Jordan Oldershaw & Fullback James Clement. On the bench Utility forward Brown, Hooker Mayer & Centre Luke Oldershaw came into the squad.
Cobham new they needed to play well against a side that needed a win to keep their promotion ambitions alive with Havant closely chasing them for 2nd place.
Cobham also new with Brighton not far behind them they needed a result to keep their ambitions of finishing in the top 5 on track.
From the kick off Cobham took their chances well with Fly half Tom Farrelly opening the scoring with an intercept try. Farrelly Converting his own try.
Medway showed why they are 2nd in the league & responded with their own try but conversion being missed.
Max MacDonald got Cobham’s 2nd try, courtesy of a cross field kick from Farrelly, Max catching the kick & beating his opposite man to score in the corner. Conversion missed.
Medway showed early doors the power in their scrum & scored from a driving scrum picking from the base to go over the line. Conversion missed
Cobham made an early change with injury to No 8 Jake McQuade, Josh Brown came on into the pack.
Medway were applying plenty of pressure on Cobham, but Cobham turned defence into attacked soaking up Medway pressure on their line & from a turner over Cobham went the length of the field with Clements, both MacDonald’s combining & Captain Adrian Van Der Ploeg going over from a short pass from scrum half Fletcher to get Cobham’s 3rd try. Farrelly converting
From the kick off Max MacDonald got his 2nd of the day to open the 2nd half. Again good pressure from Cobham saw hands down the line with James MacDonald setting cousin Max up for his double. Conversion missed From out wide.
Max now just one try away from equalling Matt Goddard’s try record from last season of 19 try’s in a season. Max hoping to break the record over the final 2 matches.
Another injury this time to James MacDonald & Luke Oldershaw came onto replace him.
Cobham were soaking up the pressure across the the line but also now in the scrum & getting on top of their visitors.
But Medway's next score came with a slip in the line & allowed Medway through under the posts. Try converted
From resultant pressure on the Medway line Cobham won a Penalty. Choosing to kick for the corner Cobham took a catch & drive & Doug Rodman was driven over from 5 metres out. Farrelly converting
After resilient defence pressure from Medway & one missed tackle from Cobham had Medway go under the posts to close the score. Try Converted
Cobham were defending heroically
phase after phase from the Medway attack & from the pressure Tom Farrelly scored his 2nd try of the day in similar fashion to his first, intercepting the ball & backing his pace to out sprint the cover defence.
Paul Mayer came on to give fresh legs to the pack & replace hooker Andrew Murphy.
Medway were throwing everything at Cobham to get back into the match but from a Medway mistake Cobham were able to kick the ball through & Jordan Oldershaw kept his composure to pick up the rolling ball & beat the cover defence to score his 1st try for 1stxv. Conversion Missed from out wide
The match finished with the Final
score 41-24 to Cobham.
Credit to the full squad today against a physical Medway side.
With 2 matches left of the season Cobham will be looking to secure fifth place & capitalise on any slip ups by Chichester in 4th place with 10 points still available.
Cobham travel next, away to bottom placed Gravesend then finish the season off at home to Thurrock.
After the match senior coach Chris Gibbons gave his thoughts.
"I thought the game was on a knife edge for a long time and despite always leading we couldn't put them away, showing what a quality side they are. The game changed after an outstanding defensive set from the guys repelling phase after phase from Medway, who just couldn't cross the line. After this the belief was strong and 2 more tries sealed the game. It was a really pleasing performance from the guys and defensively we were outstanding with players getting back on their feet quickly. With 2 games left we want to continue this good form and finish the season on a high note"
Thanks to the Braemar club for sponsorship of the new electronic scoreboard. A fitting first result for its first use.