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1st XV - Match centre

B Cliff, A Newman, M Olive, C Fry
A Huey
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Blues beaten but can hold their heads high


Best side so far

Player-coach Mal Graves hailed his team's resolve after they were beaten at home in Kent 1 by southwark Lancers on Saturday.

The visitors looked odds on for a comfortable win after opening up a commanding half-time lead but the Blues stormed back scoring four tries to secure a losing bonus point.

Graves described Lancers as the best side Whitstable have faced so far and he said the fact that his players went toe-to-toe with them for long periods bodes well for the rest of the season.

He Said: "They were a decent outfit, with a good offloading game and some big ball carries.

They looked to keep the ball alive which meant we had to defend for multiple phases which in the the i've been here (as coach) we have not had to do too often.

Some of the tackling was fantastic, which was pleasing because it's been an area which has not been brilliant so far this season.

other side would definitely have shipped more points than we did.

I was proud of the boys. it may have been a defeat but there were lots of positive to take."

Southwark had won two of their previous three matches and dominated possession in the first 40 minutes.

Whitstable stuck to their funds to limit the damage but still found themselves 19-0 down at the break.

The Blues opted to take the game to their opponents in the second half and were rewarded when skipper Ben Cliff wit over for their first try.

A second followed 10 minutes later from Andy Newman and in a rousing finale, Marck Oliv and Cameron Fry both went over in the dying moments.

Andrew Huey added a conversion to complete the scoring.

Luke Bowers, at 12 had an outstanding game and Graves was also please with the performance of 20 year old No.8 George Lowe, who he said 'Punched above his weight.'

He said:" We said at half-time let's have a go in the second half and we hit them straight away. The pleasing thing was how ruthless we were, which was not always the case in the past.

We must have only had five or six chances and we took four of them"

Whitstable travel to unbeaten leaders Ashford on Saturday and Graves is hopeful forward due Rob Hudson and Marc Harris can return after picking up injuries in the opening game if the season.

Match report credit to KM group.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

Try Ben Cliff scores for Whitstable
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
Try Andrew Newman scores for Whitstable
Try Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
Try Cameron Fry scores for Whitstable


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80:00 Try 22 - 0
Cameron Fry scores for Whitstable
65:00 Try 17 - 0
Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
50:00 Try 12 - 0
Andrew Newman scores for Whitstable
45:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
44:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Cliff scores for Whitstable
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As it happened

  • Whitstable
  • Southwark
  • 0
  • Ben Cliff Try 44:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 45:00'
  • Andrew Newman Try 50:00'
  • Marck Olive Try 65:00'
  • Cameron Fry Try 80:00'

Team selection

Till, Andy Till, Andy
Garland, James Garland, James
Fry, Cameron Fry, Cameron
Bowers, Luke Bowers, Luke
Johnson, Gregory Johnson, Gregory
Olive, Marck Olive, Marck
Huey, Andrew Huey, Andrew
flanagan, eanna flanagan, eanna
Holness, Sam Holness, Sam
Hall, Matthew Hall, Matthew
Osborne, Luke Osborne, Luke
Newman, Andrew Newman, Andrew
Povall, Jake Povall, Jake
Cliff, Ben Cliff, Ben
Pepper, Luke Pepper, Luke

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. HSBC 15 46
7. Cranbrook 14 44
8. Whitstable 21 34
9. New Ash Green 18 29
10. Foots Cray 17 22
11. Sheppey 17 1
12. RBS 19 -10

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