Cobham Rugby

Match Report Sevenoaks 17-Cobham 19

The winning run continues........

Cobham travelled to Sevenoaks looking for a first win on what has proved a challenging venue in the past.

Sevenoaks had put in a very good display to win the home fixture at the Fairmile and so retribution was sought.
Pope had shuffled the squad from the last league fixture bringing in veteran’s Cowell to the centres, ever-ready Walsh to front row cover and young talents, scrum half Finn Heppenstall, and second row Wesley Van Der Ploeg.
Assistant coach Gibbons had emphasised a fast start to ensure Cobham maintained the high tempo that had served them so well of late.
The game kicked off in glorious winter sun and quickly Cobham held the ascendancy. 
Set piece dominance allowed Cobham to maintain control and field position. On three occasions in the first half, Sevenoaks's indiscretions were forced and the accurate boot of Fly half Farrelly, celebrating his 50th cap for Cobham Firsts, added points. 0-9 to the visitors. 
As half time was sounded the coaching staff would have been very pleased with the control and accuracy shown, despite the moderate lead. With the home crowd subdued, DoR pope would have hoped that a bright start to the second half would take the game away from the hosts.
Cobham again started the half brightly and as ordered, scored twice, firstly through  James Macdonald and then followed by James Clements out wide. and althought both conversions were missed, Cobham took a healthy 0-19 lead. With Sevenoaks struggling to maintain possession from both set piece and in the loose, it appeared Cobham’s patience and discipline would close the game out with another score.  This so nearly resulted from a lovely break from centre Tunnacliffe who was brought down inches short of the line…
Without the coup de gras struck, the home side gained some traction…. with 25 minutes remaining and Cobham failing to control the ball as they had, the home side struck. Firstly an unconverted try from close range, 5-19, then after a barrage of drives under the posts, 12-19.
The comfortable demeanour of the Cobham bench had now become a little tense as the clubhouse veranda volume increased measurably. 
With ten minutes to go Sevenoaks were hammering on the Cobham door. Reverting to a more direct approach, they held the ball for multiple phases determined to snatch what had looked an improbable result.
With just minutes remaining the home side crossed to wild rapture from their sizeable crowd. 17-19. With a conversion to draw, and time on the clock to snatch a win, tails were most definitely up. The home sides fairy tale ending was however, not to be. With the conversion missed and Cobham seeing out the last phases of the game, Tunnacliffe’s kick to touch signalled Cobham had taken the spoils.
Winning has become a pleasing habit for Cobham of late. The squads ability to play controlled rugby while maintaining a cutting edge has lead to eight wins on the bounce.
Director of Rugby Steve Pope said 'Feels good to get the Sevenoaks monkey off our backs finally, always a closely fought contest with these boys.Both sides today needing the win...very pleased for our lads decent set piece today really gave us the platform to work from...
Boys worked very hard for the win today, really pleased for the squad.
We now enter the business end of the season , next 5 games for us are huge and for me will be the indicator of where we are as a group.I believe we can finish in the top 3 or 4 places if we get our strongest squads out and training regularly. All to play for from our stand point...  very excited to see how we match up against some very good sides in the coming weeks.
We have a point to prove against all the sides we still have to play.. but these next 5 games are big for us."
Cobham’s Next League fixture is on 3rd March against Tottonians and forms part of a Super Saturday with three home games.
Please come down and support the Boys charge for a top four finish….

1st XV Squad

1 Josh Brown
2 Andrew Murphy
3 Ben Joyce
4 Adrian Van Der Ploeg (C)
5 Joe Goddard
6 Ali Porter
7 Olly Fox
8 Jake McQuade
9 Christian Disley-May
10 Tom Farrelly
11 James MacDonald
12 George Tunnacliffe
13 Arran Cowell
14 Jordan Oldershaw
15 James Clements

16 Dan Walsh (FR)
17 Wesley Van de Ploeg
18 Finn Heppenstall
No 15 Jamie Clements x 1 Try 
No 11 James MacDonald x 1 Try 
No 10 Tom Farrelly x 3 Penalties