Having endured a difficult away defeat the previous week Cobham were looking to recapture the form that they had shown at Chichester a few weeks ago in front of a packed club house following the annual Ex Players lunch.
Unfortunately that form is proving to be a little inconsistent for Cobham as The Oaks took their opportunities to deliver a heavy defeat on the home side and achieve a bonus try win.
It had all started so well for Cobham as after an initial period where each side probed their respective defences a nudge kick from full back James Clements was picked up by back row Olly Fox and Cobham had achieved the important first score. Tom Farrelly adding the extras 7-0. This try looked to have settled the home side and in a ten minute passage of play they had all the territory and possession they would have wished for-fly half Luke Flower coming really close after a trademark kick ahead.
Unfortunately that pressure did not result in what might have been important further points and instead it was Sevenoaks taking advantage of a gap for their scrum half to level the scores 7-7. Farrelly had an opportunity to take Cobham ahead with a penalty but it faded at the last moment and instead it was Oaks who achieved their own penalty for a half time score of 7-10
Cobham will have been disappointed with that score line but instead of responding positively some indiscipline crept into their game and back row Michael Wasko was adjudged to have interfered with a play close to the Cobham line and the referee awarded a penalty try 7-17. Farrelly clawed back a well taken penalty 10-17 and they was a promising back line break from winger Max MacDonald but that move lost full back James Clements to injury. Oldenshaw came on,Farrelly went to full back and Cobham were still attacking but with the line in sight Cobham lost possession. Just as Wasko was coming back on after his time in the sin bin hooker Andrew Murphy received a yellow card. Sevenoaks took advantage of the extra man for a pushover try from a secured line out 10-25 and they secured their fourth bonus point try when their back row number 7 broke away for a converted final score 10-32
Having to play effectively half the second period with 14 men proved costly for Cobham and Director of rugby Steve Pope said
''I'm desperately disappointed in how we have performed today... We are so much better than we are currently showing and I no doubt struggled to hide this today with the players. The first 10 minutes were a very good start and is often the case we played well in small patches.
Our on field game management was poor and some players discipline cost us today.Your never going to win a game playing for 20 minutes with 14 men... Cheap cards and penalties hurt us.
Unfortunately everyone seems to be comfortable with finding fault in what others are doing ... and do not want to be accountable for how we are playing and training as individuals and collectively.
We can blame decisions not going our way or indeed the poor availability and horrible injury run we have been having.
We really need to roll our sleeves up commit to training and playing, being available for selection each week and most importantly, working harder for each other to improve on our consistancy.
We are not a mid table side but unfortunately we are playing, training and behaving like one.
If we can address these very simple areas, I really feel we can compete with any team in this league. I really hope we see a positive reaction from the players this week as we work towards a really tough run of fixtures in November."
1. Rich Phillip
2 Andrew Murphy
3. Sam Matcham
4. Doug Rodman ( Captain)
5. Joe Goddard
6. Michael Wasko
7. Olly Fox
8. Josh Brown
9. Ryan Saunders
15 James Clements
16. Paul Mayer
17 Jordan Oldershaw
Try: Olly Fox
Conversion: Tom Farrelly
Penalty: Tom Farrelly