Sat 28
1st XV
N Stroud, R Pinkney (2), D Knight, J Knight
L Hemming (4)
L Hemming (2)
Cents power to play off win

Cents power to play off win

By Stan Fritchley
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An outstanding second half performance seals Cents Play off win over Torquay.

Cents put in an awesome second half display yesterday to over power a good Torquay side who showed why they came close to promotion them selves.
Torquay mentioned in their web pages that they thought we were not a typical Gloucester forward based side.However, they came up against an awesome pack of Cents forwards who dominated the match for an hour and stole the glory from their much vaunted back line.When Torquay watched our firsts we were missing three of our quality backs and they did not know of the talents of Stand Off Dave Knight,inside center Ryan Townsend and full back Lewis May.These three players all played a major part in our game plan as well.
Torquay started the game strongly and had Cents on the back foot for the first 25 mins.Cents could not get hold of the ball as Torquay quickly got into their stride and the home side showed their defensive skills that have also been a major part of their game this season.
During this opening blitz by Torquay they managed to score a converted penalty try after the referee lost patience with the Cents forwards collapsing a series of mauls close to their line.Torquay showed why they had had such a good season in their league through their structured play that had Cents supporters wondering what would happen during the match.
However, once Cents got into their stride after the opening 25 mins Torquay found it difficult to live with the home sides quick tempo game wherby the backs and forwards supported each other in long passages of play that had the away side creaking in defence.
On the stroke of half time Cents got their all important First try scored by hooker Nathan Stroud and he rounded off several phases of play after the home side had gone close on several ocassions.Liam Hemming converted well from wide out and the Cents come back had been completed.
With the slope now in their favour Cents set about Torquay and with an awesome display by their forwards supported by their free running backs they blitzed the away side who struggled to get out of their half for most the last 40 mins.
Liam Hemming started the ball rolling when he converted two penalties given for Torquay straying off side.These scores seemed to dent Torquays confidence and Cents supporters sensed their side would go on to win.
Cents led 13-7 just after half time and they went on to score a further four quality tries to seal an emphatic win.Cents scored their tries through Rich Pinkney(2),Dave Knight and James Knight and they were all tries of good quality that had Torquay chasing shadows.Liam Hemming converted 3 of the tries in a good diplay of goal kicking.
Final score 39-7 and this score line reflected Cents second half dominance,Some of the Torquay players and coaching staff said they had not expected that kind of display from us and they were taken by surprise at the way we played.
This match was a good advert for Western Counties Rugby as both sides played fast open rugby and Torquay were unlucky to come up against a strong Cents side who were able to pick from their strongest squad all season.
Cents wish Torquay a successful season next year and hopefully we could play them the next season if we are still in South West One.Their was a big crowd watching this entertaining match and Cents would like to thank all the other local rugby clubs players and supporters for their support.
Cents Firsts now move on to their Senior Cup final and hopefully we can win the Senior cup for the first time in our history.Lifting the cup would be the icing on the cake in our 75th Anniversary year.However our task will not be easy as a rejuvenated Matson side stand in our way.Matson are the only side to have beaten Cents at Home this season plus they are a club who have dominated the Combination Senior cup over the years.This Cup final promises to be a cracker,so we call on all Old Cents Current/Former player and supporters to come along and cheer the club onto another piece of Cents history.
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Match date

Sat 28, Apr 2012


Dave Knight

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Dave Knight