Old Gs 2s continue the winning run
12-10 victory over Aylesford keeps the 2s on track
Match report courtesy of captain Kenny Price.....
On a very sunny October afternoon OGs welcomed Aylesford to Bronte View for this merit league fixture. We had a few changes to the side which saw the return of Gareth Edwards at fullback, Adam Clark as fly-half, Stuart Coleman on the bench and a debut on the wing for Jason Steadman. Stand-in Captain, Kenny Price, opted to kick to Aylesford to start.
The early periods of the game were played at a high tempo and Aylesford were fronting up at the breakdown. OGs were strong with the ball in hand but losing possession cheaply due to the good work by the Aylesford forwards and our own defensive mistakes in the ruck area. However, a tackle from Gareth Edwards really set the tone for the game in terms of the OGs defence. Looking like he was the last man standing, Gareth cut the Aylesford runner in two leaving him flat on the floor. Fortunately the player was ok to continue. It was this moment where the Old Boys upped their game in defence and started putting in some big hits.
Much of the first half remained at 0-0 but both teams were showing intent to attack. The fly-halfs for both sides were often kicking to gain territory which was stretching the defence. It was in the scrum where OGs really dominated though. From here we were able to secure good ball and let the backs work their moves. It also meant at key times in our own 22 we were able to win back the ball from the Aylesford put in – excellent work by the forwards! However, a defensive error did lead to a penalty in front of the posts which Aylesford shrewdly decided to take the kick. 3-0 to the away side.
OGs responded quickly though with a penalty into their 22. Despite the calls to kick for points, Adam Clark took the brave decision to tap and go. He passed the ball to our battering rams Martin Povey and Tom Hammerton who were able to smash through the Aylesford defence and saw Tom go over the line. Mr Po took on the kicking duties today and converted neatly. 7-3 to Old Gravesendians and this is how it finished for the first half.
OGs knew that defensively we had to work harder to get to breakdowns and help out the backs. This was an area where too many times possession was being given away.
At the start of the second half the intensity remained but defensively Old Gs got better and better. Despite the Aylesford backs coming alive and into the game, OGs were constantly stopping and breaking up their play. This was on top of the dominant scrum and we even started disrupting their line out which was a problem for us in the first half. Tom Hammerton and Martin Povey were a real nuisance for Aylesford who didn’t seem to have an answer to this.
Both teams continued hammering at each other but no breakthrough was seeming likely until a spell of territory in the Aylesford 22 came for OGs. The forwards started working their maul which started asking further questions of their defence. After a couple of nearly moments and a drop on the line, one maul was finally successful and saw Tom go over again to make the score 12-3. Unfortunately Mr Po did not convert this time.
The intense match did see some feisty behaviour from players on both sides. One moment did see players throwing handbags at each other and did include Frodo trying to get himself sent off without even being on the pitch! This continued through the half when a player for Aylesford was sin binned for throwing a punch. This was the opportunity for Old Gravesendians to nail down the result in their favour. Yet during this time Tom Hammerton went from hero to villain and was also carded for killing the ball in the ruck. It also meant jug avoidance for his hattrick!
Aylesford were able to score a well worked try. With Tom gone from the line out, they were able to work a move and split our defence to go over and convert. The score now 12-10 which meant the remaining 10 minutes were very nervy. Especially so when Adam restarted but kicked the ball too long. Nevertheless, some heroic defending by our side stopped Aylesford gaining any ground in that time and gave us another win.
Well done to the Super 2s! Lots of positives to take from this result, especially with the way we performed in the second half. We definitely learned from our mistakes made in the previous week but there is still more to work on. Do try and get yourselves down to training so these areas so we can get even better.
Man of the Match: It was a split vote between Tom Hammerton and Hindey.