Oaks take the Bulls by the Horns - Sevenoaks 3XV (62) v Aylesford Bulls 2XV (30)

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Oaks take the Bulls by the Horns - Sevenoaks 3XV (62) v Aylesford Bulls 2XV (30)

Oaks take the Bulls by the Horns - Sevenoaks 3XV (62) v Aylesford Bulls 2XV (30)

Try scorers: Jonty Wines (3), Matt Dodd (2), Alex Matthews, Stuart Hosienne, Oliver Boatwright-Smith, Alexi Hickin, Cormac Barry.

Conversions: Alexi Hickin (3), Will Chenery (5)

On a beautiful day at the Paddock, the 3s continued their push for the league title with a home game against Aylesford Bulls 2XV. Sitting in 2nd place in the league, one point behind Gravesend but with a game in hand, it was critical that Sevenoaks put in a strong performance and took maximum points from the fixture.

The tone of the match was set from the kick off by captain David Backhouse. His chase and hit on the Aylesford catcher forced a knock on and the first trip onto the pitch for the Aylesford physio. Following their captain’s lead the pack dominated the resulting scrum and a passage of play followed that saw Alex Matthews go over for Sevenoaks first try of the match. Sevenoaks scored two more in the following five minutes with both Hosienne and Jonty Wines crossing.

At around 25 minutes in, the Bulls side started to win more territory and possession with their scrum half in particular making things difficult for Sevenoaks. This period of pressure was rewarded with an excellent try from their winger, who ran in from his own half to touch down, and a penalty kick awarded against Sevenoaks for back chat.

Sevenoaks responded quickly with a second try from 17 year old academy player Jonty Wines and hooker Boatwright-Smith.

Half time score: Sevenoaks 31 - Aylesford 13

The second half saw Sevenoaks continue to dominate the game, but allow Aylesford to capitalise on mistakes. Matt Dodd was the first to touch down five minutes into the second half. This will followed by tries from Hickin, a hat trick making third from Jonty Wines, a second from Matt Dodd and the final sevenoaks try from Cormac Barry (a great snipe from the base).

The Bulls scored a second try on 75 minutes with another strong run from their winger, on top of another penalty awarded for Sevenoaks indiscipline.

A great win for Sevenoaks that keeps them in contention for finishing the season in the top spot. There with great performances across the team including Josh Burns, Matt Dodd and Cormac Barry. However, man of the match was shared between Alfie Savage and Jonty Wines. Both youngsters put in great performances.

Team

  1. Josh Burns

  2. Oliver Boatwright-Smith (Vice Captain)

  3. Yasuyuki Shiraishi Miles

  4. David Backhouse (Captain)

  5. Rory Philpott

  6. Alex Matthews

  7. Alfie Savage

  8. Matt Dodd (Vice Captain)

  9. Andrew Driscoll

  10. Alexi Hickin

  11. Elliott Green

  12. Jonty Wines

  13. Will Dulley

  14. Stuart Hosienne

  15. Cormac Barry

  16. David Melville Jones

  17. Jonathan Recaldin

  18. Will Chenery

  19. Jamie Weaver

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Sevenoaks 3XV (78) v Thanet 2XV (29)

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Sevenoaks 3XV (78) v Thanet 2XV (29)

Oaks 3XV 12 Try Rout at the Paddock - Sevenoaks 3XV (78) v Thanet 2XV (29)

Try scorers: Drew Forester (2), James Upson (2), Will Dulley (2), Ben Aspinall (2), Mike Walton, Elliott Green, Alfie Savage, Yas Shiraishi-Miles

Conversions: Will Chenery (9)

A strong Sevenoaks 3XV took to the Paddock to take on Thanet 2XV with Club stalwart Matt Dodd at 8 and Alex Matthews and Ben Hoekstra returning for their first games this season.

The first half saw the Home team rack up five tries with each of Drew Forester and James Upson getting a brace and Elliott Green securing the fifth.

Whilst Oaks were dominant, Thanet kept up the pressure, kicked a penalty and scored a couple of tries, both coming through their hard running forwards.

Going into the second half, the bench came on with Will Dulley on for Hoekstra, Yas Shiraishi-Miles on for Pete Wilson and Alex Matthews for Stuart Hosienne.

The entertainment for the Oaks fans continued in the second half with some fantastic scores from the Sevenoaks boys. Big Ben Aspinall getting a brace and Man Mountain Mike Walton touching down.

Matt Dodd was a demon in attack and defence, making life difficult for the Thanet men.

Will Dulley made his mark in the second half, notching up two tries breaking through the Thanet line both times in the process.

Late tries came from Yas and Alfie Savage. Ben Aspinall intercepting a pass, and swinging the ball out to a limber Yas who strode in, scoring in the left wing. Alfie’s try saw him dissect the Thanet pack, getting loose and running the length of the Thanet 22 to touch down under the posts.

Despite the onslaught, Thanet scored a further two tries, one in the Oaks left wing and another forwards try through the middle.

The Third XV’s winning ways continue with them up to face Deal 2XV next weekend.

Sevenoaks Team

  1. Josh Burns

  2. Oliver Boatwright-Smith

  3. Rory Innes (Captain)

  4. Peter Wilson (Coach)

  5. Mike Walton (Vice Captain)

  6. Ben Aspinall

  7. Alfie Savage

  8. Matt Dodd

  9. Cormac Barry

  10. Will Chenery (Vice Captain)

  11. Stuart Hosiene

  12. James Upson

  13. Ben Hoekstra

  14. Elliot Green

  15. Drew Forrester

  16. Yas Shiraishi-Miles

  17. William Dulley

  18. Alex Matthews

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Canterbury 3XV 14 - Sevenoaks 3XV 16

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Canterbury 3XV 14 - Sevenoaks 3XV 16

Try scorer: Will Dulley. Kicks: Will Chenery (1 x con & 3 x pen)

Oaks 3XV completed the long journey to face a similar opposition in Canterbury 3XV. Some late changes, saw 16 Sevenoaks’ men making the trip, with Dylan Angus kindly stepping up from the Gents.

Canterbury kicked off with the wind behind them, and were quick out of the blocks with a complement of youth and experience making life difficult for the Sevenoaks’ defensive line. This eventually crystallised in a Canterbury penalty, which they elected to kick for goal 3 - 0.

Oaks quickly responded and made their way into Canterbury’s 22, Will Chenery slotting a penalty 3-3.

The two packs, were fairly evenly matched with Oaks having a slight advantage in the scrummage. Scrum ball in the Canterbury 22 came out to the hands of scrum-half Andy Driscoll, and made its way to outside centre Will Dulley, who cut a hard running line and crashed over for a try - being decapitated in the process. The Canterbury player guilty of the high tackle being sent to the bin.

Dulley was okay and had a standout performance, making significant yardage on the ball and marshalling the backline’s defence with some monstrous hits.

Oaks failed to take material advantage of the extra man. A try-scoring opportunity went begging from a lineout maul. The Oaks’ pack getting very close from Dylan Angus’ precise lineout throw to jumping Jamie Weaver but with Dave Backhouse eventually being held up over the line. Canterbury kicking another penalty before half time 6 - 10.

James Upson came off with a strain at halftime, with David Melville-Jones coming on to the wing and Rob St Pierre to inside centre. St Pierre chasing down the restart ball and getting into the mix with Canterbury pack.

Oaks put some good pressure on Canterbury in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Yas Shiraishi-Miles barrelling through to get held up over the line in a melee of players. Canterbury’s discipline waned slightly giving Will Chenery a few opportunities to kick at goal, eventually kicking a penalty 6 - 13.

Canterbury then stepped up the tempo, scoring an unconverted try and kicking another penalty, edging into the lead 14 - 13. Despite some hard yards from the likes of Dulley and Harry Barber, Oaks failed to capitalise on their forward momentum.

In the closing minutes it looked like Oaks wouldn’t be able to get back into the game. But a crossing incident just outside the Canterbury 22 saw Oaks awarded a penalty in the final minute of the game. Chenery calmly stepping up to kick Oaks back into the lead 14 - 16, and to ultimately win the game.

A hard fought victory, which could have gone either way, and Oaks 3XV winning ways continue.

Sevenoaks Team

  1. Ben Aspinall

  2. Yas Shiraishi-Miles

  3. Rory Innes (Captain)

  4. Peter Wilson (Coach)

  5. David Backhouse (Vice Captain)

  6. Dylan Angus

  7. Jamie Weaver

  8. Rory Philpott

  9. Andrew Driscoll

  10. Will Chenery

  11. Robert St Pierre

  12. James Upson

  13. William Dulley (Vice Captain)

  14. Elliot Green

  15. Harry Barber

  16. David Melville-Jones

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Sevenoaks Rugby 3rd XV 29 Cliffe 1st XV 24

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Sevenoaks Rugby 3rd XV 29 Cliffe 1st XV 24

The men of Sevenoaks mightys 3's took to the hallowed ground of the Paddock on Saturday, riding high on a winning streak that saw 6 wins from 6 matches and feeling confident. Traditionally when an opposition turns up with tackle bags to warm up with, it shows a level of determination; Cliffe RFC turned up with tackle pads and a fan base so Sevenoaks knew they were in for a hard match. From the first whistle, Cliffe came out of the blocks with all guns blazing and set the tone for what would be a very physical first half.  With a powerful pack, they started to take the yards from Oaks who still hadn't woken up yet.  Sevenoaks paid for this with an early try being scored by the visiting side, profiting from loose ball in Sevenoaks' 22 and ending up beneath the sticks as a result. Sevenoaks answered with a flurry of big carries from Oaks legends, Sammy Miles, James Garcia and  'double Kent cup winner' Malcolm (if you haven't heard about his Kent cup wins then he would be delighted to fill you in next time you are at the club, train station, park or any where else he may see you). This increased level of activity shook Cliffe and they realised Sevenoaks were not going to be rolled over so easily. With ground made in Cliffe's half, Sevenoaks were unable to put points on the board, however Cliffe answered again by scoring two more tries from loose play end errors to end the first half 19-0.

With a passionate speech and crafty tinkering by Pip at half time, The Mighty Oaks were determined that this game would not be the end to their perfect start to the season. It was now Sevenoaks' turn to take charge of the game. Nathan Cosh nabbing a superb intercept try in the opening minutes of the second half. This was topped off with a sublime second try from Brighty scored within minutes of the first - running the ball back virtually untouched from the 10 metre line: Sevenoaks were now back in the game at 19-14. 

Although Sevenoaks had taken charge of the game, Cliffe were by no means going to take things lying down and through hard work they fought their way to oaks line and exploited a big overlap on the left hand side of the pitch, bringing the score to 24-14. The home team were not worried, they knew how quickly they had scored two tries before and knew that they could do it again. Digging deep to find a second wind that many didn't even know they had (oo-er missus!), the Sevenoaks men kicked off. Thanks to the hard working pack, who had been turning over ball throughout the game, the pairing of Dylan Angus (9) and Dan Scott (10) were finally able to give the three-quarters sufficient space to work with and Sevenoaks were finally able to unleash the full potential of their back line - scoring two well worked tries via rampaging runs from James Garcia. This brought the home team ahead for the first time in the game. With seconds left in the game, Sevenoaks earned a crucial turnover via Johan Roussow and were awarded a penalty which was slotted cleanly over the posts to bring the final score to 29-24 to the home team. 

To top off the victory, the Ref who was being assessed through out the game, informed Oaks that they level he saw them play in the second half was far beyond anything he would of expected to have seen in their league and praised them on their determination and fitness. On hearing that he was fitter than the opposition, Rob Thurnell burst out into a fit of laughter

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Sevenoaks Rugby 3rd XV 53 Cranbrook 2nd XV 22

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Sevenoaks Rugby 3rd XV 53 Cranbrook 2nd XV 22

Previous matches between these two great clubs have seen epic battles, bloodied faces, drawn matches and season's bragging rights.

This year , the visitors arrived with depleted numbers,for various reasons, but otherwise keen to start the league season. The Oaks decided not to take the win by forfeit and lent 4 worthy delegates to the Cranbrook cause to begin combat.  

It was not long before the powerhouse Garcia began his quadruple try-scoring day, albeit more than ably supported by Chris Bright and double try scorer Luke Johnstone. 

Cranbrook to their credit never gave up - scoring four tries themselves, two of them from the borrowed Oaks, stalwart Rob Thurnell and newby Josh Searby, which made the 3rd XV management sweat a little harder and doubt the decision of not taking the forfeited points earlier. However tries from Rob Kemp, Tom Kelly and Skipper James Anderson (clearly showing off for his new girlfriend) finally put the game to rest. Medway this weekend promises to be a far tougher encounter!

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Sevenoaks keep it tight to defeat Dover

Sevenoaks 3rd XV beat Dover 10-3 at Dover on Saturday 10 October. This was a well dug out win against an organised Dover 3rd team. This typically prosaic appraisal of team manager Pip Woolacott sums it all up:

"Basically we were awful at the breakdown, but forward power won through. Two tries from driving mauls from captain Tom Kelly off the line out, capabily thrown in, by man of match and war horse Rob Thurnell.  

"Number 10 Jack Curnow provided the backs with some momentum and power running from Coetzee ensured that the 3s were never really in trouble...yet what should have been free flowing rugby was left to the stick it up the jumper brigade."

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