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1st XV - Match centre

King's College Hospital
Vigo
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Match report from Calum, you may need to read it (at least) twice for it to make sense

You need the ball to win the match...

Deja Vigo

Each season this fixture has been a hard fought battle, and I'd like to know if we've ever done the double against Vigo (one for the club historian to dig out) but alas if we are to do the double against them we'll need to wait until next season, and to stop them doing the double we'll need to go to Vigo with a different attitude and turn them over on their own patch which is no easy feat!

The game started promisingly with a lot of early pressure from kings within the Vigo's 15, kings had their tails up but couldn't convert that early pressure into points. Vigo's very own Andy Goode who kings learned quickly had a boot like a traction engine and soon cleared the danger and put kings on the back foot, two phases from Vigo and then a missed tackle from one of kings back rowers allowed Vigo in for an easy try against the run of play, missed conversion 0-5

With a back trying to mix it in around the forwards, kings had a quick line chasing the restarts, and Oakley got high on a number of occasions to palm down to an oncoming forward to regain possession a decent bit of interplay, and after a couple of phases saw kings go wide with a trademark Hazza Clarke bullet to Adam marshalling the wing, Kings are stopped just short of the line but quickly recycled ball and a determined run from Scott L saw him in under the posts ka-pow! touchdown! Conversion takes it to 7-5. Harry is soon after clobbered in front of the post with a late tackle, penalty easily converted. 10-5

Kings come close again with a fine interchange out to the wing, Ian W with a man outside does well to power over the line but unfortunately couldn't quite ground the ball. Then it was a let off for kings and another break against the run of play when quick play on the outside by Vigo saw them run about 60 meters but held up on the line, a mixed day in the scrum for the forwards some solid scrummaging work that can be built on but some scrum penalties when people are standing helped turn the tide for Vigo by the end of the game.

Next in again was kings after a short phase play the ball is put wide and a looping run saw Harry take the ball again and an inside pass to Fraser who put it under the posts kings 17-5. Before half time kings were still on top and should have converted again as Adam gets the ball over the line but can't quite get the ball down for the points. Half time 17-8

After a fairly comfortable 40 minutes kings should have closed out the second half for a big fat fifth W in a row, Oaksey making himself a nuisance again at the restart, and a couple of big runs from Jake and Scott in the forwards and Ceri doing what he does best breaking through some big tackles, his kicking however when kings were putting a bit of pressure on Vigo was questionable decision making. James on the other wing put a shift in, I've not seen his wheels in game time yet and his gas is an asset that we probably need to see more of, but he's subbed for DM who comes in at 9 and island boy goes to wing.

Kings are in the 5 and Vigo are bunched around the breakdown, Chris spots a gap out wide through hands to Oaksey who probably deserved a try for his play in the loose, he has a gap but is closed down and can't get over the line. Around this point is where the game really changed for kings, collectively our heads dropped and the negativity spread, we all talk about big moments in a game that can change the tempo but it didn't come for us in the second half the momentum we had waned and we couldn't get the spark back, and Vigo ended up running in 2 tries while kings couldn't score in second half. We win as a team and lose as a team, and we need to do exactly that and come together and play as one team for each other and we will be untouchable. Full time 17-22.

If you've made it this far I commend your ability to read through my waffle, now get to training boys!

Player Ratings

Jacob Pickering - 7: as always had a solid game in and out the scrum, could have had had the ball more in hand

Calum Mollison - DotD for 'crying off late' - played 80 minutes

Ricoh - 6: again great work in the scrum and good work hitting rucks

Our merciless dear leader - 5: quieter game than normal but can remember him putting a foot wrong, needs to stop the backs from bitching with each other probably the hardest task this season

Tom Rosser - 5: a quiet day for both back rowers but good support in the scrums and lineouts

Greg wiggle - 7: good all round game high intensity at the breakdowns and around the park

Nick Oakley - 7: great in the loose and around the park, could make a decent flanker with a bit of forwards coaching

Scott L - 7: great intensity for his try would like to see him run like that from further than 2 meters out

Fraz - 8: finding hands better than last week, quick recycling and good support running, Jim chalk him up another try

Hazza - 8: targeted by the oppo but did little wrong, bullet passes on a plate, needs to be mindful he can change a player’s game by his constructive feedback

Adam - 6: less prolific than last week but good game all round

Ceri - 7: hard to have a worse game than last week but dusted himself off ran some strong lines, gave away a couple of classic CT pens

Beamer - 5: quieter game than normal would have been good to have him firing on all pistons

James - 5: good positioning one missed tackle would like to see on the ball more

Ian W - 6: all round decent game shame that he never got in for the try could have put the game out of sight

Subs

Wonton - 5: couldn't quite get the drive on at prop against Vigo’s front row

Chris walker - 6: great to have 2 9s competing for a place can only push the quality up, effective when subbed on good vision

Pete Farrell - 6: solid appearance from the bench, was at training think he was unlucky not to start

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Vigo 10 28
2. Gillingham Anchorians 6 20
3. Beccehamian 5 20
4. King's College Hospital 5 16
5. Royal Bank Of Scotland 8 16
6. Ashford 5 12
7. Cranbrook 5 12

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