Cents lost their unbeaten seasons record against a strong Rams side who must again be one of the title contenders.However the young Cents side battled strongly and made Redingensians fight all the way to the end of the match.
This match was again another game of high quality with both sides looking to move the ball at every opportunity and the first half flew by because there was so much going on.The match was played at a tremendous pace with lots of power and skill showed by both sides.Both sides defences were on top and try scoring chances were at a premium.
The Rams were strong in the pack and they put a smaller Cents eight under a lot of pressure and Cents also struggled in the lineout especially in the second half.Cents competed vigorously in the loose and moved the ball around very well from all areas of the field.
However ,The Rams showed Cents how to finish off what few chances they had and this match was decided by the away side scoring two tries which had resulted from Cents mistakes.This was perhaps the only difference between the two sides and showed what a good side the Rams are and they will be strong for the rest of the season.
As mentioned before the first half flew by with both sides going at each other from all over the park.However after 30 mins Cents lost Centre Sam Goatley to a nasty leg injury and this was to cause some disruption to the home side who were looking composed.Scrum half Jason Graham went to fly half and Richard Preece came on to No.9.However the home side stuck at their task and took the game to their visitors.
Not long afterwards Cents took the lead when Liam Hemming converted a penalty from in front of the posts.This lead was short lived as not long afterwards The Rams scored a converted try when a long touch finder was missed and returned by the away sides full back and after a few slick passes their winger scored.
Score at half time 3-7 to the Rams and the scoreline reflected the closeness of the two sides with not many try scoring chances created but this was not through lack of effort.
The second half again flew by and gradually the Rams eight got on top in both the scrum and lineout and this resulted in what ball the home side got from these areas,they were under pressure.Redingensians increased their lead shortly after the interval when they took advantage of a wayward pass from Old Cents to score an unconverted try.Score 3-12 and Cents responded well when Liam Hemmming kicked a good penalty to reduce the score to 6-12.
Going into the final 10 mins there still everything to play for and Cents were still in the match.However Rams sealed their win when they collected an intended grubber kick,which sat up nicely for the away side and they finished the error of in style.The conversion from wide out meant the home side had to score two converted tries in the last six minutes.Score 6-19 to the Rams.
However, Cents never gave up and they went looking for the bonus point they deserved from the match at the very least.The home side scored a lovely try from Rob Jones when he finished of a sweeping move from the forwards and backs.Liams kick went very close but the home side could not get the bonus point their fighting display warranted.
Cents can take pride from this battling display against a very strong and well organised Rams side who will be in the mix for promotion again this season.Cents now turn their attention to Exmouth away next week and this game promises to be another cracker as the home side are currently top of the table