Match Report - Surrey Combination 1 South - Vandals 2XV v Farnham 3XV
The 2nd XV have done well on the road so far this season but has been yet to win at home.
WEYBRIDGE VANDALS 2XV 39 FARNHAM 3XV 19
The game starts at a fast pace as both teams look to move the ball in to wide areas of the pitch and take advantage of the dry and sunny conditions. Vandals would strike first. Vandals awarded a penalty which is kicked to the corner. Vandals have a line out 10m out, a training ground move see’s Anthony Tyrrell going over from short distance to open the Vandals scoring 5-0 to Vandals. Conversion Missed Will Gibson-Hunt.
11min played and the vandals back line breaks through the Farnham defensive line a break by Dave Loubster see some good hands moving the ball across the back line, Greg Lynch crosses to score vandals second. Conversion kicked Greg Lynch Vandals lead 12-0
Farnham manage to heap pressure onto vandals, vandals defence holds but a high tackle a gives away a penalty on the Vandals 5m. This is quickly tapped by a Farnham forward who bundles over for Farnham’s first score. Conversion kicked 12-7 16minutes played.
Farnham continue to build pressure on Vandals. Vandals attempt to play out from their own 22 but get turned over. Good offloading game from Farnham results in a score under posts. Farnham lead 12-14
27 minutes played Vandals create some great pressure through a turnover penalty. Vandals break the option line with some good interplay between backs and forwards, results in a well-timed offload out of the tackle for Ben Mullineux goes over for a try. Vandals retake the lead 19-14, Conversion missed Greg Lynch
Will Gibson-Hunt ghosts through a couple of tackles with a well picked line and scores a brilliant individual try. Will however is waving frantically at the bench as he is blowing out of his backside. A quick substitution and Tom Chase takes the field so Will can find his lungs. Conversion missed Vandals Lead 24-12
Half time passes and the contest between the two teams is pretty evenly matched. Vandals are first the strike in the second half. Vandals continue to build pressure in the Farnham half. Farnham then give away high tackle. Anthony Tyrrell quickly takes the penalty and bundles over for his second try. Conversion missed, 47 minutes played Vandals lead 29-14
Both teams making good surges into the oppositions half. Vandals dominate the lineout ball but Farnham dominate the scrums. Farnham break wide and go over for a third try in. Vandals lead 29-19
Vandals fitness starts to shine through with Farnham players starting to find themselves out of position. Vandals take advantage of this as the back line isolate forwards in the Farnham back line. This is quickly exploited as Greg Lynch breaks the Farnham line. A couple of phases later and Will Gibson-Hunt goes over for his second try of the game. 67minutes played Conversion kicked Greg Lynch Vandals Lead 36-19.
The last 10 minute of the game turns into a real scrappy affair. Mistakes rue any real attacking threats from both teams. Vandals however come up with one last final moment of magic. Farnham kick deep to clear their lines. The ball is collected by Dave Loubster, the kick chase is lacking from Farnham and there few options for a counter. Dave Loubster eyes the posts, rocks back and slots a wonderful drop goal from the Farnham 10m line. Vandals Lead 39-19
Vandals 2nd XV continue to build momentum in the league and are making a good surge towards the top of the table. With tougher opposition to come the squad is aware there are bigger tests to come. But the players continue to put in performances that will give coach Merlin more selection problems for upcoming games as competition for places continues to grow.