Sat 27
Old Cranleighans
1st XV
1st v Old Cranleighans 27th January 2018

1st v Old Cranleighans 27th January 2018

By Peter Reid
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A tough order but a good effort

Trojans made the trip to Thames Ditton, to play top of the table Old Cranleighans, with some trepidation as a somewhat scratch side showed nine changes from last week’s starting line-up.

Nevertheless, Trojans started strongly and for the first five minutes were constantly on the attack near the OCs twenty-two and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts but, without the regular kicker, the ball went wide. Trojans then went on to complete an amazing first half with their defence holding firm against numerous OCs attacks and putting in some strong attacks themselves finally resulting in a 0 – 0 score line.

Trojans were put on the back-foot at the start of the second half and, on five minutes, OCs finally broke through to score under the post for an easy conversion. The rest of the half followed a regular pattern with OCs putting in attack after attack and, with their forwards dominant, scored from a push over scrum, two strong mauls and some good backs play despite some strong Trojans defence which had begun to weaken through lack of match fitness in some areas. However, despite this, Trojans were able to threaten the OCs line and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.

Although finally well beaten, the Trojan coach was pleased with the effort put in by all players, but particularly the non-regular players, and the great team spirit shown.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 27, Jan 2018



Meet time



London 3 South West

League position

Old Cranleighans