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1st XV Squad - Match centre

Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
Drifters RFC
J Leadley, M Smith (2), N Rance, D Shaughnessy (2), L Davies, J Evans, D Chambers (2), R Browne, J House, S Smith, L Rowland
Full time
J Leadley (13)
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - League

Thatcham pile on the points

Thatcham 96 Drifters 14

Newly promoted Drifters are in danger of becoming this season’s whipping boys after only four games, and it’s probably a reflection of just how tough it is to take the step up into the Southern Counties league. Looking at the fixture list there’s not much relief in sight for them in the near future, either, although with Reading lined up next weekend, Thatcham can hardly afford complacency.

These two sides have shared similar fortunes in recent years, although Thatcham have undoubtedly strengthened since narrowly missing the drop two years ago. It’s not so much that the points total flattered the home team, more that Drifters didn’t play as badly as the scoreline suggests. Early exchanges were well balanced, with both sides threatening, but although Thatcham might have got off the mark sooner had a succession of balls not been spilt, it was in the set pieces that the difference between the teams really showed. The Thatcham pack, once again, were in complete control and the formidable front row union of Caunt, Chambers and Lewis, alternating with Thorogood off the bench, looked pretty invincible, all said and done. It was much the same story in the line out with Smith and Moore secure on their own throw and taking a good proportion of Drifters’ line outs for good measure.

As a consequence, Drifters were repeatedly starved of possession, although they looked useful in the loose and could work the ball well in the backs. Thatcham went ahead after ten minutes with a little bit of Joe Leadley magic footwork, converting his own try. In fact, Leadley kicked a full 13 out of 14 conversions, no mean feat even if many were smack in front of the woodwork.

Up to midway in the half there was no indication of the deluge to come as both sides had their chances and Thatcham again seemed at times in too much of a rush and handling errors ensued. It was twenty minutes in before the next score, when Luke Higgs set up no 8 Mark Smith for his first try, without need of the further support outside. From that point, Thatcham showed the advantage of having playmakers like Shaughnessy and Leadley and the gaps started to open up. Conceding a penalty in their 22, Drifters were further punished from the ensuing line out which went through the hands for full back Nick Rance to cut through and touch down under the posts. Soon after, a break from Thorogood neatly offloaded to Danny Shaughnessy saw Thatcham move into a 26 – 0 lead.

But it was by no means over for Drifters, who were awarded a penalty try when they looked to be about to score out wide as the ball bobbled at the feet of the winger, who was tackled without the ball. 26 – 7, but the writing looked to be on the wall, in spite of losing Rowland to the bin, as Thatcham immediately restored their lead when Jamie Evans made a break deep into the 22. To pass would have been the better option, but no matter, it was recycled from the tackle for Lewis Davies to crash over. Evans completed the rout before half time with the home side’s sixth try after Leadley and Shaughnessy had danced round the defence. The whistle for half time saw the score at 40 – 7 and little chance of reprieve for the visitors.

The third quarter saw no let up for Drifters as Thatcham scored another four converted tries in the first ten minutes. Playing a stormer, it was Dave Chambers who got two of them in the first five minutes. The first being a fairly single handed affair having secured possession from the restart. The second from a Smith-secured line out and drive.
Thatcham had lost Tim Apperley to injury after only five minutes of the game, and it was Rich Browne, coming off the bench to partner Jack Moore at lock, who galloped through for a much deserved try and the Newbury Building Society man of the match award. Jordan House was next in line to score down the flank, having come on as replacement for Richardson.

At 68 – 7 in arrears Drifters had a revival and scored a fine winger’s try, well converted. They came very close to getting another soon after and to their credit still clearly had ambitions of a try bonus. But it wasn’t to be as the home side ran in a further four tries: firstly from Sam Smith at outside centre, followed by a no 8 try for Mark Smith, set up by Liam Rowland. It wasn’t that Rowland was itching to get on the scoresheet, but he was back, making his own way from within his own half, within a minute to make his mark. Then Shaughnessy deservedly rounded it off.

A comprehensive victory, make no mistake, but it’ll be a different story next week as Thatcham look forward to a little piece of history when they play their first league game at Reading’s Holme Park.

Thatcham Team:
1. Jack Caunt; 2. Dave Chambers (James Thorogood); 3. Lewis Davies; 4. Tim Apperley (Rich Browne); 5. Jack Moore; 6. Luke Higgs; 7. Martyn Doolin; 8. Mark Smith; 9. Danny Shaughnessy; 10. Joe Leadley; 11. Sean Richardson (Jordan House); 12. Jamie Evans; 13. Sam Smith; 14. Liam Rowland; 15. Nick Rance.

Thatcham Scorers
Tries: Leadley; M. Smith(2); Rance; Shaughnessy (2); Davies; Evans; Chambers (2); Browne; House; S. Smith; Rowland
Conversions: Leadley (13)

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Richard Browne

Player of the Match

Richard Browne

Key moments

10:00
Try Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
11:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
20:00
Try Mark Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
21:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
25:00
Try Nick Rance scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
26:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
30:00
Try Danny Shaughnessy scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
31:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
33:00
Try Lewis Davies scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
34:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
38:00
Try Jamie Evans scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
39:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
41:00
Try David Chambers scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
42:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
45:00
Try David Chambers scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
50:00
Try Richard Browne scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
51:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
55:00
Try Jordan House scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
56:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
65:00
Try Sam Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
66:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
70:00
Try Mark Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
71:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
74:00
Try Liam Rowland scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
75:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
78:00
Try Danny Shaughnessy scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
79:00
Conversion Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Richard Browne is awarded player of the match for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
79:00 Conversion 96 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
78:00 Try 94 - 0
Danny Shaughnessy scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
75:00 Conversion 89 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
74:00 Try 87 - 0
Liam Rowland scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
71:00 Conversion 82 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
70:00 Try 80 - 0
Mark Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
66:00 Conversion 75 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
65:00 Try 73 - 0
Sam Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
56:00 Conversion 68 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
55:00 Try 66 - 0
Jordan House scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
51:00 Conversion 61 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
50:00 Try 59 - 0
Richard Browne scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
45:00 Try 54 - 0
David Chambers scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
42:00 Conversion 49 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
41:00 Try 47 - 0
David Chambers scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 42 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
38:00 Try 40 - 0
Jamie Evans scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
34:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
33:00 Try 33 - 0
Lewis Davies scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
31:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
30:00 Try 26 - 0
Danny Shaughnessy scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
26:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
25:00 Try 19 - 0
Nick Rance scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
21:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
20:00 Try 12 - 0
Mark Smith scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Joe Leadley kicks a conversion for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Joe Leadley scores for Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
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As it happened

  • Thatcham Rugby Union Football Club
  • Drifters RFC
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  • Joe Leadley Try 10:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 11:00'
  • Mark Smith Try 20:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 21:00'
  • Nick Rance Try 25:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 26:00'
  • Danny Shaughnessy Try 30:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 31:00'
  • Lewis Davies Try 33:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 34:00'
  • Jamie Evans Try 38:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 39:00'
  • David Chambers Try 41:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 42:00'
  • David Chambers Try 45:00'
  • Richard Browne Try 50:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 51:00'
  • Jordan House Try 55:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 56:00'
  • Sam Smith Try 65:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 66:00'
  • Mark Smith Try 70:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 71:00'
  • Liam Rowland Try 74:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 75:00'
  • Danny Shaughnessy Try 78:00'
  • Joe Leadley Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Rance, Nick Rance, Nick
Richardson, Sean Richardson, Sean
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Evans, Jamie Evans, Jamie
Rowland, Liam Rowland, Liam
Leadley, Joe Leadley, Joe
Shaughnessy, Danny Shaughnessy, Danny
Smith, Mark Smith, Mark
Doolin, Martyn Doolin, Martyn
Higgs, Luke Higgs, Luke
Moore, Jack Moore, Jack
Apperley, Tim Apperley, Tim
Davies, Lewis Davies, Lewis
Chambers, David Chambers, David
Caunt, Jack Caunt, Jack

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