Blackheath Rugby

Blackheath vs Folkestone

by Steve Blogg

Folkestone are a tough team to play against. They will kick to the

corner all day long, and give their large and well organised pack a

chance to catch and drive. In the first half, with the strong wind in

our favour we were able to kick ourselves out of trouble, and after

ten minutes Thomas had opened the scoring with a powerful run to dot

down in the corner, and aided by the wind, we added the conversion.

Two minutes later, a lovely break from Oscar at scrum-half beat

several defenders, and Freddie was on his inside shoulder to take the

offload and score under the posts, for an easy conversion and a 14 - 0

lead. But we didn't have it all our own way - Folkestone scored an

unconverted try out wide, but two long range penalties to Blackheath

increased the lead to 20 - 5. With 1 minute left on the clock,

Folkestone got their second try, so we went into half-time only 10

points ahead.

Folkestone, now with the wind in their favour, made a strong start to

the second half. With a converted try from a catch and drive, they

reduced the deficit to a nervous-making 20 - 17. But John and Louis

had so traumatised the Folkestone centres with their bone-crunching

hits, that they mostly kept the ball in the pack, and several times

squandered overlaps which would have seen them take the lead. With

Folkestone camped out in our 22 and earning penalty after penalty, the

Blackheath forwards mounted a tremendous defence of their line,

driving Folkestone back time and again - and Folkestone were not to

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score a single point in the last 25 minutes. But Blackheath still

found it difficult to get out of our half, with the wind making

clearance kicks high risk. But in the last ten minutes we made

several breaks from deep, and scored 3 tries in rapid succession to

take the score out of reach to 37 - 17. The first, a cheeky dummy

from Hamish on the wing offloading to John in space to score. Louis

Chambers was next with a drive from close range, and finally Alex

Monioro with a fine individual try from 50 meters out that left their

fly-half and several other players for dead.

Terrific performances all round, our forward were outstanding in

defence but the coaches singled out Toby as forwards man of the match,

and Hamish for the backs.


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