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1st XV - Match centre

Whitstable
New Ash Green
L Pepper, L Bowers, M Graves, J Garland, B Cliff
Tries
A Huey
Conversions
Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Blues back on the victory trail

Whitstable returned to winning ways

Whitstable returned to winning ways at the weekend after producing a solid performance against one of the side they aim to finish above in Kent 1.

The Blues ran in five tries to secure their third victory of the season and move alongside New Ash Green on 17 points.

Player-coach Mal Graves was satisfied with the display, but felt his team were probably worth a bigger victory margin than they achieved.

He explained: "New Ash Green were up for it, they were physical and they probably earmarked this as a match they could win, but we were the better team, we were fitter and we had a better game plan.

"We played well and had the referee not been so lenient i think we would have won by a bigger margin.

"He gave 12 penalties against us - which was too high for my liking - and 18 against them but the only had one player sin-binned.

"To their credit they came back at us late on with seven minutes to go we were only seven in front, but Ben Cliff went over for a try and that was them done.

"I was please with that because the boys stuck to the task, We've been better in the last three games playing rugby in the right positions.

"We've been sticking to our patterns and it's nice ti see then getting reward."

Luke Pepper went over for the game's opening try inside 5 minutes, and the Blues led 12-5 at half-time after a second try by Luke Bowers had been converted by Andrew Huey.

Graves added the third try four minutes into the second period with James Garland crossing the line for try number four just after the hour.

New Ash Green cut the deficit to 22-15 deep into the final quarter before skipper Cliff found a nice line to go over after a catch and drive.

Veteran Steve Mullins dictated play well from fly-half in the absence of Marck Olive while Jay Ellis, stepping in for Jake Povall at tighthead prop also enjoyed an excellent game helping the pack provide a good platform for the three-quarters.

Ahead of the match Graves challenged his player to win five of their last 10 fixtures and he believes that will be enough to ensure they comfortably finish outside the bottom two.

The table is likely to be amended following the withdrawal of RBS.

Whitstable are away to forth placed Southwark Lancers on Saturday the 12th of January.

Match report credit to KM group

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Key moments

5:00
Try Luke Pepper scores for Whitstable
22:00
Try Luke Bowers scores for Whitstable
23:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
44:00
Try Mal Graves scores for Whitstable
60:00
Try James Garland scores for Whitstable
74:00
Try Ben Cliff scores for Whitstable

Highlights

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75:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
74:00 Try 27 - 0
Ben Cliff scores for Whitstable
61:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
60:00 Try 22 - 0
James Garland scores for Whitstable
45:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
44:00 Try 17 - 0
Mal Graves scores for Whitstable
End of period 1
23:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
22:00 Try 10 - 0
Luke Bowers scores for Whitstable
6:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Luke Pepper scores for Whitstable
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As it happened

  • Whitstable
  • New Ash Green
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  • Luke Pepper Try 5:00'
  • Luke Bowers Try 22:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 23:00'
  • Mal Graves Try 44:00'
  • James Garland Try 60:00'
  • Ben Cliff Try 74:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. HSBC 12 34
7. Cranbrook 11 32
8. Whitstable 12 21
9. New Ash Green 12 20
10. Foots Cray 13 13
11. Sheppey 13 1
12. RBS 12 -10

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