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Hove
Dartfordians
Tries
K Lee (2), K Ryan, A Vousden
Conversions
M Briggs (3)
Sat 17 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time

Close call for Darts but a bonus point win

Darts travelled to Hove knowing they needed to come away with a bonus point win

Darts travelled to Hove knowing they needed to come away with a bonus point win against a side who have found things tough so far in London 1. In the last couple of seasons we have had some great encounters with Hove and despite their lowly position we were well aware of the dangers the home side would pose. Hove started well with an early penalty to take the lead 3-0. Darts started to get into their rythmn and when they had a line out inside the opposition 22 a good line out drive saw Kenny Lee go over for a try converted by Mike Briggs. Hove were very competitive and a great break by their full back saw them regain the lead with a well taken try. 10-7. Joe Gills making his first start at fly half made some nice breaks and after about 10 or so phases Darts finally outnumbered Hove out wide and it was full back Kieren Ryan who scored the visitors second try. Mike converted again. After a good and even first half Darts took a 14-10 lead into the break.
Darts brought on Adam Lanning and Dan Nukajam who both made telling contributions to the team. Adam made a couple of great tackles and forced some turnovers as well as being good in the lineout whilst Dan was always reakly strong with ball in hand. The team's scramble defence was excellent as Hove refused to buckle keeping the ball well and eventually this allowed them to score a well constructed try to regain the lead again. 17-14. Skipper Si Briggs was leading from the front as usual and needed to get the team back on the front foot again. A good short lineout saw Alex Vousden to score Darts third try with great support from his fellow forwards and the lead changed hands once again. 17-19. If Darts thought this would knock Hove's confidence they were mistaken as the home side put together 10 minutes of solid play which saw them score their third try to take the lead again. 22-19 . Tom Duggan, Alex Vousden and Adam Lanning made some more telling turnovers which stopped Hove scoring again and the never say die attitude of Darts resulted in some sustained pressure and it was great thinking and spacial awareness by Kenny Lee who placed the ball at the bottom of the post to score the decisive bonus point try. Mike converted. Darts played keep ball for the remaining 4-5 minutes to give a relieved coaching team an extremely important bonus point win. Hove will cause ther teams in the league problems if they can continue to play as they did today and can feel unfortunate only to come away with a bonus point. Our sympathies go to one of Hove's stars who after a lengthy lay off with a broken leg had to leave the field on his comeback with a broken jaw. We wish j=him a speedy recovery.
Skipper Si Briggs was given Man of the Match award for another all round display .

Another important match next weekend at home to Cobham.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – December: Old Hales RFC

Simon Briggs

Player of the Match

Simon Briggs

Key moments

10:00
Try Kenny Lee scores for Dartfordians
11:00
Conversion Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
35:00
Try Kieran Ryan scores for Dartfordians
36:00
Conversion Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
55:00
Try Alex Vousden scores for Dartfordians
78:00
Try Kenny Lee scores for Dartfordians
79:00
Conversion Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Briggs is awarded player of the match for Dartfordians
79:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
78:00 Try 0 - 24
Kenny Lee scores for Dartfordians
55:00 Try 0 - 19
Alex Vousden scores for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Paddy Briggs is substituted on for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Adam Lanning is substituted on for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Dan Nukajam is substituted on for Dartfordians
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
35:00 Try 0 - 12
Kieran Ryan scores for Dartfordians
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Mike Briggs kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Kenny Lee scores for Dartfordians
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As it happened

  • Hove
  • Dartfordians
  • 0
  • Kenny Lee Try 10:00'
  • Mike Briggs Conversion 11:00'
  • Kieran Ryan Try 35:00'
  • Mike Briggs Conversion 36:00'
  • Paddy Briggs Sub On 41:00'
  • Adam Lanning Sub On 41:00'
  • Dan Nukajam Sub On 41:00'
  • Alex Vousden Try 55:00'
  • Kenny Lee Try 78:00'
  • Mike Briggs Conversion 79:00'

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League round up

Other London South 1 results

Chobham
16
19
Cobham
37
21
Sevenoaks
13
8
Tottonians
14
43
29
13
Medway

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Cobham 16 39
9. Havant 16 36
10. Dartfordians 16 33
11. Chichester 16 28
12. Tottonians 16 28
13. Chobham 16 16
14. Hove 16 2

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