Sat 22
1st XV
L Hemming
L May (2), A Mathers, B Slatter, P Willetts, D Knapman (2), A Maton
L Hemming (5)


By Stan Fritchley
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Cents blow away league leaders!

Old Cents kept their home fortress intact yesterday when they played League leaders Swindon, who arrived early at the Stade de Bridge and looked very capable and confident in winning this fixture.
But Cents had other ideas, they had a dazzeling first 25 mins and got their four try bonus point against a shell shocked Swindon side.

Playing down the slope in the first half Cents needed to get some points on the board and the first was from an easy penalty from Liam Hemming.
Then after a couple of phases from Swindons re-start the ball got spun out to the inform Fullback Lewis May who glided past his opposite number to score under the post, Hemming converted.
Cents then changed their tactics by scoring their second from a driving maul with Man of the Match Alex Mathers crashing over, Hemming again converted. Score 17-0.
Then Flanker Ben Slatter crashed through two attempted tackles in the corner to make it 22-0 with only 20 mins on the clock.
Swindon needed to get some points on the score board trying to run their penalties but getting stopped from Cents strong defence.
Swindon did have their fair share of ball but could not turn it into points.
Cents then got their bonus point on the 25 min mark when Liam Hemming made a lovely break and put Lewis May in the corner for his second, which was converted, score 29-0. Swindon replied straight away with a penalty to get on the score sheet, but Cents kept piling on the pressure and had a Swindon Player sin binned.
Then from a series of penalties in front of the post Captain Willetts decided to go for the corner which was a good call as he drove over from another driving maul from a lineout, score 34-3.
Then right on Half time Swindon finally crossed over the line from a quick tap penalty but missed the conversion. Half time score 34-8.

The 2nd half started the same with Cents attacking right from the kickoff and after several phases flanker Dan Knappman crossed in the corner, then again May made a lovely run from his own half but gave a forward pass to disallow the try.
Cents weren't out of the woods as Swindon always looked dangerous with ball in hand and they did just that by scoring a good try from their winger in the corner to make the score 39-13.
Cents discipline then dropped and second row Dale West got sin binned, which gave Swindon a chance to try and pull back some points but from a stirling effort could not cross the line.
Cents then hurt the wounded Swindon team with 2 more converted try's from New boy Alex Maton who jinked his way over from a break made by Hemming and the best try of the day when Dan Knappman scored in the corner after Cents played some great phases of rugby with pace and that killing edge!Hemming converted both to make it 53-13.
With 10 mins left on the clock Swindon never gave up and was looking to score four try's and come away with at least a point and for their efforts probably deserved one but with only a minute left to play they did manage to cross the line and convert it but it wasn't enough, Final score 53-20

Coach Jack Preece was delighted with Cents performence and said "We definitely stepped up this week and it was a great all round performence from all the boys,Our two Props, Scott Fritchley & Sam Preece don't get the recognition they deserve, they have been instrumental with our last few wins destroying the opposition scrums. They have lead from the front to give our backs some good ball. I was really pleased with our defence, we play in a way where we will always score tries, although risky at times, so if we can have a great defence and keep our dicsipline then we should be in with a shout at the top end of the table.

Report by Steve Preece

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Match details

Match date

Sat 22, Sep 2012



Meet time



South West 1 East
Alex Mathers

Player of the match

Alex Mathers