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Merton
Old Caterhamians
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Full time
Unknown, B Doney, M Wilson, T Clark
B Davidson (3)
Unknown
B Davidson (8)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Surrey 3

Davidson 'Kicks' his Team into Shape

Old Caterhamians ventured to Merton RFC on the 30th September 2017, to carry on momentum from a convincing victory against Old Johnians last week.

Old Cats were looking to carry on a strong start in the Surrey 3 league, by posting another dominating victory on another away-day; this time to Merton RFC.
The conditions were perfect for rugby, but the pitch would definitely play a factor with a considerable slope. Strategies were put in place and the game began. OCs were caught out and put on the back foot after the first few moments; and were put one (unconverted) try down, stemming from a lack of structure around the lineout. Shortly after this the referee introduced himself to the game awarding penalties to both sides, and Davidson added 6 points, with two impressive penalty attempts, and Merton with one of their own. Score: 8-6.

The game progressed on with competitive line breaks and physical breakdowns from both sides. But Old Cats took the lead with a quick tap and go from Paul Briant, who put Freddie Page in for the score in the corner. A horrendous kick from the Old Cats Skipper Davidson, which went nearer the side-line than the posts, but nevertheless OCs were 11-8 up. Another penalty, and great bit of skill from Harry Wandless, who unravelled the opposing fly-half who was caught rushing the line, saw Ben Doney in for his 2nd try in just as many games.

Unfortunately, although Cats were seemingly dominating on the score board, Matt Wilson fell victim to the overriding opinion of the referee, and saw the first yellow card of the season, for being 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'. This gap in the Old Cats defence was quickly exposed by the sizable Merton pack, and they soon powered over for a score under the posts. Almost an imitation of the previous try, Merton closed the gap even further just before half time, and the score was 21-20 to OCs as they went in for half time.

OCRFC vs Merton
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The early exchanges of the second half were well fought, but felt as if the teams had reached a stalemate. But Ben Davidson stretched the Cats lead with 2 penalties making it a 7-point-game. The game was now looking like Cats were going to extend their lead with some over-powering scrums and some vicious attacks. But again Cats were let down by ill discipline in their own 22, and Merton forced their way over for another short gain try, with the conversion drawing the deficit. 27-27.

In the second half, the pitch was sloping towards the Merton defence, and by the last 20 minutes, they were feeling the pressure, and struggled to gain any momentum. Old Cats seized upon the favouring fitness levels, and the angled pitch and with another few penalties from Davo, and strong try from Wilson, redeeming himself for the earlier exchanges. One thing to note during the later parts of the game was the impact of the younger players, introduced to senior rugby, with confidence from Paul Loader and the management team. Dylan Thomas and Tom Clark showed skill paired with grit and determination, and Clark scored the Bonus Point try with immense strength holding off an array of Merton defenders, showing size isn't everything on a rugby pitch. This along with an 8th and final penalty from Davidson saw Cats reach 50 points in back to back games.

Final Score 50-27

1. Jamal King
2. Conor Neary
3. Daniel Birchmore.
4. Thomas Howes
5. Freddie Page
6. Nathan Brown
7. Warren Jackson.
8. Matt Willson
9. Paul Briant.
10. Harry Wandless
11. Zach Uddoh
12. Ben Doney
13. Ben Davidson.
14 Thomas Clark.
15. Matt Maynard.
16 Aron Turney.
17 Dylan Thomas.
18 Ben Carter.

Key moments

3:00
Try Try for Merton
5:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
9:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Merton
11:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
14:00
Try Try for Old Caterhamians
17:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
20:00
Try Ben Doney scores for Old Caterhamians
20:30
Conversion Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
28:00
Try Try for Merton
43:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
47:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
54:00
Try Try for Merton
58:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
64:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
69:00
Try Matt Wilson scores for Old Caterhamians
69:30
Conversion Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
72:00
Try Thomas Clark scores for Old Caterhamians
72:30
Conversion Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
80:00
Penalty Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians

Videos and photos

OCRFC vs Merton
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OCRFC vs Merton

Highlights

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80:00 Penalty 18 - 50
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
72:30 Conversion 18 - 47
Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
72:00 Try 18 - 45
Thomas Clark scores for Old Caterhamians
69:30 Conversion 18 - 40
Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
69:00 Try 18 - 38
Matt Wilson scores for Old Caterhamians
64:00 Penalty 18 - 33
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
58:00 Penalty 18 - 30
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
54:00 Try 18 - 27
Try for Merton
47:00 Penalty 13 - 27
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
43:00 Penalty 13 - 24
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
End of period 1
28:00 Try 13 - 21
Try for Merton
26:00 Yellow Card
Matt Wilson is yellow carded for Old Caterhamians
20:30 Conversion 8 - 21
Ben Davidson kicks a conversion for Old Caterhamians
20:00 Try 8 - 19
Ben Doney scores for Old Caterhamians
17:00 Penalty 8 - 14
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
14:30 Missed Conversion
Ben Davidson misses a conversion for Old Caterhamians
14:00 Try 8 - 11
Try for Old Caterhamians
11:00 Penalty 8 - 6
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
9:00 Penalty 8 - 3
Penalty kicked for Merton
5:00 Penalty 5 - 3
Ben Davidson kicks a penalty for Old Caterhamians
3:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Merton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Merton
  • Old Caterhamians
  • 0
  • Try 3:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 5:00'
  • Penalty 9:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 11:00'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 17:00'
  • Ben Doney Try 20:00'
  • Ben Davidson Conversion 20:30'
  • Matt Wilson Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 43:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 47:00'
  • Try 54:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 58:00'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 64:00'
  • Matt Wilson Try 69:00'
  • Ben Davidson Conversion 69:30'
  • Thomas Clark Try 72:00'
  • Ben Davidson Conversion 72:30'
  • Ben Davidson Penalty 80:00'

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Old Rutlishians
London Media
17
47
Worth Old Boys
W
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Metropolitan Police 9 45
2. Old Caterhamians 9 33
3. Worth Old Boys 9 32
4. Old Rutlishians 9 32
5. Old Johnians 9 25
6. Horley 9 22
7. Merton 9 16

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