Cobham Rugby

Match Report :Chobham 20-Cobham 22 (now with pictures)

Cobham win the 'Battle of the H'

Supporters gathered at Fowlers Wells Chobham for an epic 'Battle of the H' played out between the three senior sides of Cobham RFC and Chobham RFC  .

When Cobham met Chobham at the Memorial grounds in September there was just a two point difference as Chobham secured a win 17-19. Those sort of points margin define the competitive rivalry of these matches and as the final score revealed nothing had changed much between September and December.

Director of rugby Steve Pope was able to field 13 of the starting line up from the previous week 

After an inconsistent kicking game the previous week Tom Farrelly will have been pleased to slot the first penalty for Cobham after just two minutes 0-3. Cobham will have been pleased with their dominance of their  first few scrums  but territory is everything and having played themselves into Cobham's half the home side responded promptly as back row Ollie Smith charged over and fly half Clarke converted 7-3.

The supporters of both sides know how important it is for both sides to capitalise on the lead in this derby match. It was therefore with some relief tha after 20 minutes  Cobham wing Max MacDonald collected from a sliced Chobham clearance kick, gained ground and fed the ball to second row Joe Goddard to power over to restore the lead 7-8 ( Farrelly shaved the post with the conversion attempt)

Chobham came back strongly and their response was assisted when Cobham try scorer Goddard was adjudged to have made a late hit and yellow carded at 37 minutes. Chobham didnt take the penalty kick but when the tap penalty didn't gain the advantage they sought they fed it back to full back Turner who achieved the points with a well judged drop kick giving the home side the ( two point ) lead at half time 10-8.

Chobham started the second half strongly playing against fourteen man Cobham and the extra player advantage gained them the line out and rolling maul advantage to enable prop Wynne to push over 15-8 after just four minutes but the conversion ( two points ) proved to be illusive.

Cobham knew  the next score was crucial and they would have to hold Chobham out until Goddard returned. Shortly afterwards Clements, chasing down Chobham, turned over the ball and from a  resultant scrum Saunders executed one of his trademark scampers to dive over the line 13-15 increasing by ( two points) as Farrelly's conversion was made off the post 15-15 

Cobham had looked marginally sharper throughout the game but may have kicked away possession they could have enjoyed but when Clements and Saunders combined again they released back row Doug Rodman to gain the lead 15-20. It was Farrelly again who secured the conversion 15-22.

Set against the 'derby' background and with both sides becoming fractious around some of the decisions made  yellow cards were perhaps inevitable Cobham utility player Josh Brown was yellow carded for adjudged deliberate interference on 67 minutes leaving Cobham to defend the slender lead. A penalty for Chobham was kicked short but nothing could stop number 8 Ollie Smith scoring his second try. 22-20. Although the ( two point) conversion failed two players were sin binned for an 'altercation' following the try Cobham skipper Adrian Van Der Ploeg and try scorer Smith.

14 were to play 13 for a while but when Brown returned with just a few minutes remaining on the clock he made up for his own lost time by driving down into Chobham territory and feeding  sub Miles Fletcher who  tore down the wing and was only  prevented from scoring in the corner by a superb covering tackle from the home side.

With some relief the ref whistled for full time 20-22....  Just the two points then

Director of rugby Steve Pope said after the game " I'm totally delighted for the players today to come here and win all 3 games on derby day is huge for us as an amateur club. Credit to Ryan and his boys it's always a tough and close match and I'm sure they will have felt just how much we wanted that win today. 

We had highlighted this as a must win from our last 4 and I feel we were good value for the win. Unfortunately some of decisions caused frustration  among both sides and in a heated derby match it was always going to come down to who wanted more on the day and who controlled the play and themselves better. Not sure if it was 4 card game ?
I thought the whole squad played their part today but special mention to the forwards. Who were outstanding today and physically dominated for large periods of the game. Winning the opposition scrum with 7 men on your 5 meter line ...driving them off there own ball time and time again....what more can you ask ...
Along with Ryan Saunders who gave the home team a torried time around the fringes and was excellent again today.
As I say totally delighted for all the boys today...We will enjoy the wins today ...Plenty of work to do before the London Cornish game on the 6th January. We owe them a performance and I'm really looking forwards to all the return fixtures in the second half of the season ...
still everything to play for "
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far this season have great Christmas'
1.Josh Brown
2.Andrew Murphy
3.Sam Matcham
4.Joe Goddard
5.Doug Rodman
6.Ali Porter
7.Ollie Fox
8.Adrian Van Der Ploeg ( Captain)
9.Ryan Saunders
10.Luke Flower
11Max MacDonald
12.Tom Farrelly
13.George Tunnacliffe
14.James Clements
15.John Holmes
16.Rich Phillip
17.Ben Joyce
18.Miles Fletcher 

No9 Ryan Saunders x 1 Try
No5 Joe Goddard x 1 Try
No4 Doug Rodman x 1 Try

No 13 Tom Farrelly x 2 Conversions x 1 Penalty
Other scores:-
Chobham 14 Cobham 2nd XV 34

Chobham 5 Cobham 3rd XV 55