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1st XV - Match centre

Royal Bank Of Scotland
King's College Hospital
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1

King's continue season run with win away at RBS

Stream of consciousness from Ceri

Long grass, and slow pitch can be the explanation for today's performance. But still a five-pointer, and as Gary (Lineker?) would say that's the sign of a good team who can play badly and still scrape a win.

The game started with RBS putting King’s on the back foot by stretching our defence and a pack of inside cover on an inside ball, as they went 3-0 up.

After some consistent pressure in the RBS half, we eventually get a break through from a bullet pass from Harry to Ian who draws a player and passes it to new lad Shenton who shows a clean set of heels and beats the covering fullback on the outside. Nice try in the corner to take us 3-5.

In the spirit of neutral journalism, I'll concede that I butchered a guaranteed try, by drifting into the outside channel of the 13, the RBS wing comes in to shut off the pass as it's a 3 on 1 and I floated a pass over the top, that is probably the best part of 5m forward - absolute shocker. One of my DotD nominations for the day.

RBS put together a good set of phases really challenging our one out fringe play, and really start to challenge our line, some good defence on the line and RBS take a penalty to take it to 6-5.

I can't remember who scored the 2nd try, so I'd guess a forward scored it. I know on the way to it Beamer got held up short of the line, and Harry put Nick Stanley in for a try, and Nick decides he'd enjoy a DotD nomination instead of catching it. Half time 6-12.

Chat at half time was about an intense 10mins for the first half, and a quiet word between 9,10, 12 that we were going to hit the blind side after first phase. Right from the second half we go quickly, and we draw the outside backs who liked to play an out to in blitz, and we put Adam into space who runs half the pitch cuts in and gives it to me for a run to the corner, which I don't have in the locker and so flick it over the top to Frasier who took it up to the posts and passed it in to Harry who hits a hard line to jog under the posts.

Immediately after and like clockwork from the halftime chat we go blind after Gary Wogg runs a hardline. Harry kicks long, and no-one is home with our backs racing against their big slow forwards. Harry picks up and runs it into the corner. In five minutes we've taken the game to 6-24, and the game looks set.

A comedy of errors and some transgression at thee breakdown leads to us losing two players to the sinbin. Fortunately for those two players, I don't know who they were and have chalked them down as team yellows.

RBS then run in 2 tries, which took the game to 20-24. We continue to butcher some possession and Ian Williams decides to try and out-do my own DotD nomination by passing the ball three metres forward with a 2 on 1 and an easy score

After being back up to 15 King’s continue to pressure RBS and are camped in their corner but unable to get set piece ball we eventually lose the ball and RBS have a mad panic on their own line, but fortunately for them I fly in with a high tackle letting them off, and then another one as they dash down to the half way line. They then run some good rugby against a tired King’s defence and earn a 3 on 1 before a solid tackle from Ian caused their player to throw the ball forward to end the game (and save my blushes).


The return of the ever popular player ratings

  • Handy McGross - 6 - pack and set piece was solid
  • Spud - 6 - lineout was the best I've seen it at kings.
  • Pinchy - 6 - scrum and lineout were pretty good
  • Scotty - 5 - a few carries, possibly didn't get around the park as much as we'd like
  • Snuffkin - 5 (c) (DoD hatrick winner) had a reasonable game, line out went well, but infringed a fair amount at the breakdown
  • Nick Stanley - 5 - part of a backrow that got beaten by the opposition
  • Ratty - 6 - probably the pick of our backrow and had a nice run in the first half which left most agreeing that 5 years ago he would have scored that.
  • Billy - 5 - had a quiet game, part of a backrow that didn't have much luck at the breakdown.
  • Frasier - 6 - first game at scrum half (for us)and thought he read the game well and got about the park well and was a nuisance for the oppo. (Please note I edited it from a 7 as think some of his passing may have been a bit wayward/floaty...) but a good game
  • Harry - 7 - man of the match for me, had a significant contribution to the 3 tries I can remember I.e scored 2 and a bullet of pass that created the room for Shentons try Couldn't get higher as some ropey passes in the right for me.
  • Adam - 6 - part of a strong back 3 and a faultless performance and played a huge part in the try at the beginning of the 2nd half
  • Ceri - 3 - what a shocker. Butchered a try and almost cost us the game at the end. Very average in attack.
  • Beamer - 5 - had a quiet game didn't do a lot wrong, didn't really get much opportunity.
  • Shenton - 6 - good debut put in a good hit in the 2nd half and finished well for a try in the first half. Didn't really do much wrong.
  • Ian - 6 - changed this from a 5 as RBS stopped kicking to our back 3 which is probably a good indication of the counter attacking performance.

Subs

  • Gregory Wigg - 6 - actually scrap that comment about ratty, Gizle was the pick of the backrow. Brought a lot of intensity to the pack and was a handful in defence
  • James - 5 didn't get much opportunity, but ran hard.
  • Sloth - 5 worked hard and lineout went well

In summary, a hard fought win, that we made hard for ourselves - but still accumulating good league points.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Gillingham Anchorians 5 16
2. Old Gravesendians 5 12
3. Vigo 5 12
4. Beccehamian 2 8
5. King's College Hospital 3 8
6. New Ash Green 5 8
7. Ashford 2 4

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