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
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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