After a close quarter final against Canterbury, a semi against Sevenoaks was next up, the date for which seemed about as certain as the next General Election. Eventually a 15:00 k.o. at Rectory Field No 2 was settled upon, Blackheath Ladies -v- Rosslyn Park competing for the spectators' attention.
After kick-off, a sustained period of S'oaks pressure led to a quick tap from their skipper who took the try, their kicker hitting the bar with the conversion; 0-5. Returning the compliment, fast feet and a chip and gather by HHH took us deep into their 22, where the Club camped for long enough to earn a penalty try - S'oaks Blitz defence had become improbably fast; 7-5. All of which good work was wasted by gifting S'oaks a penalty for chat, so we went in at the midpoint 7-8 down.
Halftime and Rory made way for Ralph, with Parker into lock and Henry moved into the front row. Straight from the kick-off, the Sevenoaks catcher was himself caught, conceding a kickable penalty: 10-8. The pack stepped up a gear in tight and loose and after some juggling on the left, Louis Chapman carved open the defence with an inside line of which any winger would be proud, giving HHH the easiest pot for two more: 17-8. Following some aerial ping-pong the backs found space in which to handle, deft passing giving Louis Colquhoun a neatly-taken chance to crash over wide: 22-8. Determined not to fold as their backs had done in the league game, Sevenoaks pack kept up the pressure to take a well-managed try off a driven lineout but the Club charge on their kicker kept the cost of that down to 5 points. Sadly, Sevenoaks' toll of injuries mounted and Mr Clent, officiating for the second time in the day, blew full time with the score at 22-13.
So on April Fool's the lads have a date with 'Combe on Finals Day in Aylesford.
Forward of the match: James Parker, with Alek Pillay honourably mentioned
Back of the match: 'Ironman' Colquhoun
By Alan Weir