Sat 05
Stroud
19
-
46
Cup
1st XV
Tries
M Mathers, B Turk (3), D Cookwest, L Hemming, L May
Conversions
L Hemming, C Anderson (3)
Penalties
L Hemming
CENTS 46-19 STROUD

CENTS 46-19 STROUD

By Stan Fritchley
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AT LAST! DALE WEST SCORES HIS FIRST TRY AFTER 63 APPERENCES


CENTS HAD THIER FIRST CUP GAME TODAY AWAY AT STROUD AND CAME AWAY WITH A 46-19 WIN.
WITH CAPTAIN PETE WILLETTS PULLING OUT JUST BEFORE KICK OFF IT WAS AN IDEAL SITUATION FOR HIM AND COACH JACK PRRECE TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME NEW PLAYERS AND COMBINATIONSIN IN THIS CUP TORNAMENT AND HAVING 4 SUBSTITUTES ALSO TO PLAY THEIR PART.
THE GAME STARTED AT A FRANTIC PACE WITH CENTS MOVING THE BALL WIDE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY GIVING WINGER BEN TURK A HAT TRICK OF TRIES.
FOR THE FIRST HOUR CENTS WERE IN TOTAL CONTROL HAVING MOST OF THE POSSESSION AND TERRITORY AND PLAYED SOME THRILLING RUGBY AT TIMES THROUGH THEIR SPEEDY BACKLINE WITH THE FORWARDS SUPPORTING VERY WELL.
CENTS WERE DENIED 2 TRY'S IN THE FIRST 2 MINUTES FROM A DOUBLE MOVEMENT AND AN UNCITED TOUCH DOWN BUT NOT LONG AFTER WINGER BEN TURK AND 17yr OLD CENTRE MIKE MATHERS BOTH CRASHED OVER WITH LIAM HEMMING KICKING ONE OF THE CONVERSIONS TO MAKE THE SCORE 12-0 IN 10 MINS.
JUST BEFOR THE HALFTIME WHISTLE DALE WEST CRASHED OVER FROM A DRIVING MAUL AND LIAM HEMMING KICKED A PENALTY FOR CENTS TO GO AHEAD 20 -0 AT HALFTIME.
THE SECOND HALF CENTS IMMEDIATLY RAN THE BALL OUT WIDE FOR BEN TURK TO GET HIS SECOND AND MOMENTS AFTER GOT HIS THIRD FROM CHASING A KICK AND CHARGING DOWN A STROUD CLEARENCE KICK FOR HIM TO GATHER AND TOUCH DOWN UNDER THE POST.
LIAM HEMMING THEN WENT OVER IN THE CORNER TO MAKE HIS PERSONAL TRY COUNT OF 10 IN AS MANY GAMES BUT THEN WENT OFF FROM AN INJURY AND WAS REPLACED BY DAVE KNIGHT WHO GOT STRIAGHT INTO THE GAME BY MAKING A BREAK AND PUTTING LEWIS MAY IN FOR A TRY.
BEN TURK THEN MADE IT 46-0 WITH HIS 3RD TRY WITH CRAIG ANDERSON KICKING 3 CONVERSIONS.
WITH 20 MINUTES STILL TO PLAY CENTS BROUGHT ON THE REST OF THEIR SUBS BUT STROUD UPPED THEIR GAME AND OUT PLAYED CENTS IN THE LAST QUARTER AND DESERVECLY SCORED 3 TRIES AND 2 CONVERSIONS WHICH IS THE MOST POINTS CENTS HAVE CONCEDED THIS YEAR.
CENTS PLAY STROUD AWAY AGAIN NEXT WEEK IN A LEAGUE FIXTURE AND WITH ROB JONES, RYAN TOWNSEND, MIKE MUMFORD AND CAPT PETE WILLETTS ALL UP FOR SELECTION THE TEAM COULD BE VERY DIFFERENT.
COACH JACK PREECE SAID " IT IS A PERFECT OPPERTUNITY FOR PLAYERS TO CLAIM THEIR FIRST TEAM PLACE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS PLAYING THE SAME TEAM. WITH EVERBODY NOW AVAILABLE WE WILL HAVE A VERY HARD JOB IN SELECTION, BUT WE CAN ONLY PICK 18 PLAYERS....BALANCE IS THE KEY"

TRAINING WILL BE ON MONDAY NIGHT THIS WEEK WITH JACK PLAYING ON TUESDAY IN THE GLOUCESTER PRESIDENTS XV
REPORT BY STEVE PREECE.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 05, Nov 2011

Kickoff

14:30

Meet time

13:00
Josh Phillips

Player of the match

Josh Phillips