Cobham Rugby

Match Report -Medway 49 Cobham 27 - Now with photos

Cobham battle hard against league leaders

Medway RFC Report

On Saturday, in front of a large crowd, Medway entertained Surrey side Cobham for the first time ever at Priestfields. The spectator numbers were boosted by over 80 past players who sat down for a pre-match reunion lunch.  In fine playing conditions the game kicked off and Medway were soon on the front foot as the visitors conceded back to back penalties at the breakdown. An excellent catch and drive near the Cobham line saw Dan Huntley get the final touchdown to score the try. Dan Harvey kicked the conversion from out wide and it was the perfect start for the home side 7-0.  That good start did not last long. After 10 minutes good handling from the visitors combined with a defensive lapse saw Cobham back on level terms with a well taken converted try.  As the game progressed Medway were awarded kickable penalties and on 19 minutes Daniel Harvey was on target with the second to put Medway back in front 10-7. Both teams were looking to dominate the other but the game was turning into a real cut and thrust affair by both sides.  Cobham were soon back on level terms with an excellent long range effort from 42 metres.  On 38 minutes Medway were awarded a scrum on the visitors 10m line out to the right hand side. A fine strike move by the backs saw Sam Garofalo go over and Harvey converted to put Medway back in front 17-10.  From the kick off, as was the nature of this game, Cobham hit back. The visitors regained possession following a Medway handling error. Their forwards winning good front foot ball released their backs and more good skills saw the visions fly half go under the posts for a well taken converted try leaving the half time score at 17-17.

The second half kicked off and an early Medway penalty was kicked deep into the Cobham 22m. However the line out ball was knocked on and Cobham were awarded a scrum on their own 5m line. A powerful drive from the Medway forwards saw Cobham driven back off their own ball and Jordan Stubbington touched down for Dan Harvey to kick the conversion and put Medway ahead 24-17. Harvey was on target with another penalty shortly afterwards to stretch the lead to 27-17.  Medway were now starting to dominate but were undone by back to back errors which allowed a clinical Cobham side to score their third try which was converted and narrowed the gap to 27-24.  The game was still in the balance, Cobham were making a real fight of the game despite Medway’s forwards getting the upper hand. That forward dominance had to tell soon and so it was. A lineout catch and drive was initially defended but had narrowed Cobham’s defence and the ball was fed wide for Alfie Orris to scamper over.  Harvey converted and that put Medway 34-24. Sadly, Orris was forced to leave the field with a hamstring injury and will be out until next year.  Cobham were showing great resilience and in one of their attacks Henry Hall was sent to the sin bin having been adjudged to have made a no arms tackle. Cobham kicked the resultant penalty to come back again within a single score at 34-27. Medway were living dangerously, simple errors in possession were providing Cobham with opportunities which they were taking full advantage of.  Ironically, a refereeing decision saw a Cobham player question the referee and Harvey was on target with the subsequent penalty to put the Medway lead back out to 10 points at 37-27 with just 10 minutes left.  On 73 mins a good kick from Ben Dance saw Medway regain possession for Antony Clement to put Sam Sharpe away to score an excellent unconverted try in the corner.  Just 6 minutes later Clement was again the architect of another Sharpe try when an excellent tackle was backed up with turning the ball over and that ball went through the hands for Sharp to finish. Harvey converted and Medway finally secured the victory at 49-27.  This was a hard fought victory and Cobham deserve credit for the way in which they battled hard but the dominance of the Medway forwards eventually provided the platform and secured the victory.

Medway Coach Taff Gwilliam said ‘after losing our unbeaten record last week it was important to bounce back. We are very pleased with the victory over a very competitive Cobham side however we will need to reduce our error count if we are to realise our ambitions this season’.

 

Cobham Director of rugby Steve Pope said 'On reflection..after a difficult couple of weeks I have to say we have made some  progress.
We are still unable to get the levels of availability for matches and training.Having played two very good sides in CS Rugby and Medway both on away, We have shown we are more than capable of competing with any team in the league.
 
Medway today showed why they are in first place... they stayed focused and never let us get way ... any time we scored points they responded and never looked as if they were going to panic ... momentom is a powerful thing And in the end were just to strong on the day.
 
Some very nice feedback from the Medway coaches and supporters post match on the boys performance as a strong opposition. 
 
At 27 - 24 I really thought we might be able to force a upset. However a poor 5 minutes straight after half time where we conceded 10 cheap points really cost us. Scrum time today we were not at our best.
 
Our players showed great heart and ability today and this bodes well as we hit half way in the competition.
 
Credit to them(Medway) ...we really look forwards to the return fixture and hope we can really give them a run for there money.
Still we have two very important games before christmas, home to Gravesend this week. Then away to Chobham on the 16th.
We really need to have very good performances from these.
 
Still lots to play for and we are desperate to show those that we haven't played well against what we are capable of'
 

1. Josh Brown 

2. Richard Phillip

3. Sam Matcham

4. Wesley Van De Ploeg 

5. Joe Goddard 

6. Michael Wasko

7. Olly Fox

8. Adrian Van De Ploeg (c)

9. Ryan Saunders

10. Luke Flower

11. Max Macdonald

12. Alec O’ Connor

13.James Macdonald 

14. Myles Fletcher

15. Will Stephens

 

16. Chris Gibbons

17. Tom Hollidge

18. Jordan Oldershore

Cobham Scores

No9 Ryan Saunders x 1 Try

No13 James MacDonald x1 Try 

No10 Luke Flower x1 Try x3 Conversions x2 Penalties

Debut for Tom Hollidge off the bench