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.
Oliver Boatwright-Smith (Vice Captain)
Yasuyuki Shiraishi Miles
David Backhouse (Captain)
Matt Dodd (Vice Captain)
David Melville Jones