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1st XV - Match centre

King's College Hospital
Sat 18 Feb 14:15 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Big win away at Brocks

Match report from Chris McKeand

King's travelled the short distance to Brocks on Saturday hoping to avenge the defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

King's travelled with two full teams for a double header and by all accounts it was a difficult selection for the coaches on Thursday but both teams fielded looked as strong as they have all season.

King's kicked off with a slight breeze behind and started with real intensity. Pressure in defence and precision in attack and were rewarded with three points from an easy penalty converted by Harry Clarke. Three nil after five minutes.

The next 20 minutes though Brocks imposed their game plan very effectively, their strong runners taking it tight from multiple phases, easy to defend but King's were camped in their own 22 for nearly all of this period and despite conceding a string of penalties our line remained in tact.

Slightly against the run of play King’s broke up field and with a few good interchanges ended up with Chris Walker finishing off a decent try. Chris had one of his best games in a while, crisp passing from set piece and sniping runs in the loose. This seemed to spark King's into life, coach Ed's words were listened to and we started to use our fitness and line speed in defence to put pressure on Brocks, forcing them back on more than one occasion. The next try came very soon after, finished by Clarke after a chip and chase. Both tries converted by Harry Clarke.

Final score of the half went to McKeand senior, the better of the two McKeands on show at Brocks that day. Conversion Clarke.

One disappointment from the first half was losing Nick Oakley, MotM a week previous to a shoulder problem, replaced ably however by Harry the Hawk.

Half time oranges 24-0. Score was flattering to KCH and with the wind against us, a tough second half was expected.

It was only to get tougher.... early into the second half after a succession of penalties David Wallis was the unfortunate recipient of a "team" yellow. It didn't faze the team however and we pushed on to score an extremely good team try, line out ball was won by Tom Rossor, off the top to Walker who hit Harry at 10, who passed to Ceri at 12 with screen runners outside, Harry took the ball from 12 behind 13 and hit McKeand running from deep who made good yards before sending Hawkes up the touchline the move ended with John "hands like feet, feet like hands" Behan running a superb support line to take a simple pass and stroll over. Conversion Clarke.

Brocks were using their strong runners in the wide channels but despite being down to 14 men, King's never looked under much pressure and were the next to score courtesy of a McKeand break, passing to Harry who passed to Harry for a stroll in under the posts. Disappointment though that Harry was injured in the process and came off. Ceri slotting ably in at 10 and with Wallis back on were up to a full contingent....

For about 30 seconds.

At the next breakdown, in Brocks’ own half, not threatening anywhere and having already received a "team" yellow for an accumulation of penalties KCH were penalised, Wallis was the guilty party for not rolling away and received his 2nd yellow. So off to the changing rooms for an early shower and King's down to 14 men for 30 minutes of the game.

Not to be deterred King's brought on Dean Graham, for a welcome return to action after a lengthy period out of action who had to fill in at centre... injuries everywhere.

Final score went to Dean actually after another break from the Fat lad at the back, who threw a silly pass when a simple pop to the ever-present David Ledger would have done the job! No worries though, Dean ran in the final 25 metres and dotted down under the posts. Final two conversions by McKeand.

Final score 45-0 a fair reflection of ability perhaps but it didn't feel that wide a gap, Brocks were competing right to the end and never gave up and did deserve a score but were denied.

Week off now but let’s get everyone to training, lots to work on.

Now with added ratings from Ceri

1) Pinchy - 6 scrum didn't go backwards. Not aggressive enough around the fringes for me
2) Calum - 5 not up to his usual carries and rucking
3) Jack - 6 some good carries and line out was about 66%
4) Snuffkin - 6 had some good turnovers, carried ok
5) Dave Ledger - 6 some good catches, and appeared to have put his form from training at Tuesday behind him.
6) Nick Stanley - 4 regularly offside (although got away with it) ruined a 2 on 1 and lazy in kick chase.
7) Billy - 6 a quiet game, but did the basics well
8) Jake - 6 the pick of the forwards performances for me. Worked hard and made tackles
9) Chris - 6 made a few mistakes, but in general got quick ish ball to the backs, close to a 7 again this week
10) Harry - 8 man of the match for me. Made some self made tries and was putting the ball on a 6 pence for the backs to do some damage. Closest to a 9 since the launch of player ratings. Hobbled off with a sore leg which held him back.
11) Oaksy - 2 - went off injured from a mid week yoga injury
12) Ceri - 6 - a couple of good line breaks, solid in defence but some basic mistakes.
13) Beamer - 6 defying his body shape, he worked hard around the pitch and got his rewards for a try from a sublime K3. Couple of basic errors.
14) Dave Wallis - 1 - red carded and didn't do a lot else.
15) Fatso - 7 - made a try saving out to in blitz defence forcing the oppo to drop the ball. Good couple of line breaks, and got a try. 100% off the tee as well

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hastings & Bexhill 21 88
2. Old Williamsonians 16 60
3. Cranbrook 16 59
4. King's College Hospital 18 49
5. Vigo 22 47
6. Southwark Lancers 20 42
7. HSBC 16 37

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