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Park Life: Westcombe Park 14 - Sevenoaks 23

Westcombe Park 14 - Sevenoaks 23

For the second time in a season the two teams were drawn together in a cup match.  In the previous encounter (Kent Met Cup Semi-final) Oaks, having been behind for most of the game, sealed the win with a last minute try to tie the game at 19-19 with the conversion from the touchline confirming victory at 19-21.

This time round Westcombe Park came out of the blocks on fire, eager to make up for the loss earlier in the season.  The pressure paid off and Park took the lead 7-0.  Oaks came back after a long period of phase play and great work by the forwards, Foster crashing over from a driving maul to make it 7-5.  

From the restart Oaks gained possession, retained and recycled the ball to great effect. A clever chip through from O'Donnell saw inside centre Wines gather and sprint through to touch down out wide to bring the score to 7-10.  Oaks again applied the pressure from the restart and earnt themselves a kickable penalty which O'Donnell slotted over to make it 7-13

Park again came back with a converted try of their own to bring the score to 14-13.

Oaks enjoyed sustained possession and territory for several phases, resulting in a scrum 10 metres out.  A clever back row move by Hansen saw him crash over to edge Oaks' lead to 14-18.

From the restart Oaks defended solidly, through great work from the forwards, won the turnover and attacked with zeal.  The best backs move of the day was finished by Sarkesian who crossed the line for the final score of the day, making it 14-23 at full time.

 

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Gravesend 5 - Sevenoaks 22

Gravesend hosted Sevenoaks on Sunday 13th November for a morning of rugby played in good spirit in front of a crowd enjoying late autumn sunshine.

Oaks began strongly and Osenton scored a well worked try out wide to take the scores to 5 - 0.

Gravesend responded and after a period of sustained forwards pressure, they breached the Sevenoaks' defence and drew level, at 5 all.

From the restart, Sevenoaks gathered the ball, the pack driving up field and then recycling to O'Donnell who chipped ahead audaciously, gathered his own kick and then sped over the try line under the posts to score a try he also converted to take the scores to 12 - 5.

After this score the rugby ebbed and flowed, but always entertained, with Gravesend spending the final five minutes of the half camped on the Sevenoaks' try line, with only tenacious defence keeping them at bay till the half time whistle.

After half time fresh legs came on for Sevenoaks and fairly quickly Wines burst through two tackles, dummied two defenders and off loaded to Hansen, running a fine support line, who dotted over to take the scores to 17 - 5.

Five minutes later a powerful run from Ridley, leaving defenders in his wake and showing his pace, resulted in the final try of the match, taking the score to 22 - 5.

Team: Stewart, Weekes, Sarkesian, Bram-De-Carvalho, O’Donnell, Bernicchi , Woolard, Northcroft, Martin, Marshall, Channon, Stone, Smith, Stephenson, Atkins, Hansen, Ridley, Osenton, Wines (Capt), Brown, Garrigan-Twyford

 

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Ashford U15 – 7 Sevenoaks U15A - 42

In what we knew was going to be one of our toughest fixtures of the year, Oaks once again raised their game to match the physicality of the opposition.

In a tense opening 10 minutes, Oaks were put under territorial pressure, but once possession was secured, Oaks were onto the counter attack with immediate effect, forwards linking well with the backs, a moved finished by a clever switch between Ridley and Wines, for Wines to go under the posts, O’Donnell adding the extras.

Ashford came back strongly and applied further pressure, but an infringement at the breakdown allowed Oaks to clear their lines.  From the resulting line out Oaks put the ball through hands and an evasive run by centre Ridley saw him cross under the posts, O’Donnell converting. 

Oaks were certainly up for a game of rugby and the boys keen to let their rugby skills do the talking, and continue to play in good spirit.  Ferocious at the breakdown, the forwards got on top of the game, Martin, Stone and Hansen, competing hard at the breakdown and winning good ball for the backs to run at Ashford.  This time the ball moved nicely through hands with a clever inside ball from Wines well finished by Jones running a lovely attacking line to go over under the posts.

Half Time 0-21.

A simple mistake from the restart costs Oaks territory and possession.  An infringement 5 meters out and the quick thinking of the Ashford No 8 saw him crash over from close range with the extras added to make it 7-21.

It was the wake up call that the boys needed, Woolard, Teare, G-T and Sarkesian, competing well at the breakdown to recycle quick ball. The ball played beautifully through hands saw Stewart on the wing going over out wide, after some dazzling footwork.  A fantastic effort from O’Donnell adding the extras from the touchline.

When under pressure in your own 22, do we look to clear it - no!  We were here to play rugby, Brown, Foster, Bernicchi and Tiago competing well and working hard to secure good possession, Wines taking a pop pass at speed, finding the gap and hitting it hard; a powerful sprint from the 22 leaving tacklers in his wake to score under the posts.  O’Donnell, who definitely brought his kicking boots, slotting the conversion.

With seconds left on the clock, a simple kick to touch could have pegged Ashford back in their own 22, but Oaks had other ideas!  After some champagne rugby - forwards and backs linking well in midfield, Hansen was in the right place to take a pass at speed from O’Donnell to cross over for the final try of the game.  O’Donnell finishing with a conversion once again.

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Woolard, Brown, Foster, Teare, G-T, Stone, Sarkesian, Hansen, Martin, Bernicchi, O’Donnell, Wines (Cpt), Ridley, Jones, Stewart, Tiago, Green (T)

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Exciting Win 21-19 Against Westcombe Park

Sevenoaks U15s earned a thrilling victory in the semi-final of the Kent Met Cup against Westcombe Park, despite trailling 19 - 7 at one point. 

Tries by Hansen, O'Donnell and Wines and great kicking by O'Donnell earned Oaks a last gasp victory. 

Oaks play Old Colfs in the Final on 4th December.

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Sevenoaks As 10 - 7 Thanet, Sevenoaks Bs 0 - 12 Thanet

Sevenoaks As played Thanet As and secured a 10 - 7 win through a great team try, finished under the posts by Wines, converted by Heesom and a match winning penalty by Heesom.

The Bs came on for a final 20 minutes and played magnificently well against a strong Thanet side, conceding two tries and succumbing 0 - 12, but playing with great heart against the current Kent champions

 

 

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Victory against Blackheath

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Victory against Blackheath

Sevenoaks U15 - 29 Blackheath U15 - 0

On a sunny afternoon in front of large home crowd, the U15’s got off to a flying start in the Kent Cup campaign on Sunday. From the start Oaks dominated possession and territory and were always looking to get the ball out wide to their speedy backs.

Oaks went ahead after a Blackheath infringement at the breakdown thanks to good work from Smith & Martin, O’Donnell slotting over a penalty from 30 metres.

Oaks applied the pressure again and after a powerful burst through the middle by captain Wines, a clever inside ball to Hansen saw him stride under the posts with O’Donnell adding the extras.

Blackheath started putting some phases together, but Oaks dominant at the breakdown, turned the ball over again, the ball recycled to the backs and Wines again on the burst, leaving the opposition in his wake to go over out wide.

Half-time - 15-0

Oaks started the second half with the same tempo and physicality as we had shown throughout the first. It was yet another turnover that led to the 3rd try. Stewart turning the ball over and a quick pass to Jones at speed saw him race in for a try under the posts which was converted. 

Blackheath were keen to get points on the board and with some very clever play with forwards and backs linking they very almost did. A cheeky grubber through almost saw them score, but a great defensive display by Green (T) saved the day.

Quick thinking set up a remarkable try: from the resulting drop out, O’Donnell found a little space on the wing, a nasty bounce and great chase of his own kick, O’Donnell won the ball back at the breakdown, fed inside to Stone, Stone then put a very clever pass wide, back to O’Donnell to score under the posts for another converted try.

A comprehensive and stylish victory for Sevenoaks.

Final score - 29-0

Squad

Foster, Brown, Martin, Woolard, Green (L), Teare, Bernicchi, Smith, Hansen, Green(T), Sarkisian, Heesom, O’Donnell, Bram-De-Carvalho, Wines (c), Jones, Stewart, Heffer, Stone, Bingham, Marshall, Atkins

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