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1st XV - Match centre

Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
London Exiles
D Sowter, a ferrier, S Whatling, L Brunger (2), M Bennett
Full time
T Ashton (4)
Sat 20 Jan 13:30 - Cup

HERE’S MUD IN YOUR EYE

Report by Graham Pratt

Rochford toasted their entry into the semi final of the Intermediate Cup with a powerful display of controlled rugby against a good and gritty London Exiles side.

In terrible wet, muddy, and murky conditions the home team showed their power up front and skills outside to score 6 tries to nil in a competitive Cup encounter.

The Exiles were a talented and hard opposition but just did not have the answer to Rochford’s strength in the set scrum and their disciplined approach to a difficult game.

Another important aspect to their play was the intelligent use of the high kick and chase which resulted in a try in the first few seconds of the game.

A kick up field by Rochford was chased hard by a few players and a fumble in defence saw big Sam Fombo come from nowhere to pounce on the ball for a great try.

The home outfits scrummage destroyed the Exiles eight with every scrummage in the first half and gave them a big base from which scrum half Ricki Gould could dictate play with towering box kicks and follow ups.

Next up was adam ferrier, playing hooker, who dived over after some powerful forward work on the opposition line followed by another fine effort by excellent flanker Stuart Whatling.

Tom Ashton converted this try as he did again when prop Lewis Brunger, using his immense strength, drove over for another well taken try.

With a 24-0 lead at the break Rochford were good value for it.

The only downer at this stage were injuries to michael guess and James Kellard both of whom had to leave the field. They had been major influences in the first half as was Dan Sowter who had had a tremendous game but later was himself injured and had to leave the pitch.

The second half was more competitive as conditions worsened and London Exiles fought back with some good moves and determined defensive work to keep the Magnolia Road boys at bay.

The power, pace application and discipline of this Rochford team showed through however as they kept looking for openings.

Their efforts showed dividends when prop Brunger crashed over for his second try.

Shortly after an exciting run by wing Mitchell Bennett resulted with him outpacing the defence and touching down under the posts.

Ashton converted both tries to take the score to 38-0 and finish off a well-earned victory against a quality side and one step nearer to their goal of a Twickenham outing.

It was pleasing to see the lineout back to its usual efficient self where Court-Rhind and Fombo combined well and the good work at the breakdown by all concerned with fine individual efforts by each player, but it is in the overall team effort that sides are judged by and on the day this team stepped up to the mark in atrocious conditions.

Key moments

1:00
Try Daniel Sowter scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
19:00
Try adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
29:00
Try Stuart Whatling scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
29:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
36:00
Try Lewis Brunger scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
36:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
44:00
Try Mitchell Bennett scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
44:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
56:00
Try Lewis Brunger scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
56:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club

Highlights

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64:00 Sub Off
Daniel Sowter is substituted off for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
64:00 Sub On
Ricki Gould is substituted on for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
58:00 Sub On
Steve Jay is substituted on for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
58:00 Sub On
Samuel Edwards is substituted on for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
58:00 Sub Off
Ricki Gould is substituted off for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
58:00 Sub Off
mark billings is substituted off for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
56:00 Try 36 - 0
Lewis Brunger scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
56:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
44:00 Try 29 - 0
Mitchell Bennett scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
44:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
End of period 1
37:00 Sub On
Ricky Wiseman is substituted on for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
37:00 Sub Off
James Kellard is substituted off for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
36:00 Try 22 - 0
Lewis Brunger scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
36:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
34:00 Sub On
Tom Corbet is substituted on for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
34:00 Sub Off
michael guess is substituted off for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
29:00 Try 15 - 0
Stuart Whatling scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
29:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
19:00 Try 10 - 0
adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Daniel Sowter scores for Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
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As it happened

  • Rochford Hundred Rugby Club
  • London Exiles
  • 0
  • Daniel Sowter Try 1:00'
  • adam ferrier Try 19:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Try 29:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 29:00'
  • Tom Corbet Sub On 34:00'
  • michael guess Sub Off 34:00'
  • Lewis Brunger Try 36:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 36:00'
  • Ricky Wiseman Sub On 37:00'
  • James Kellard Sub Off 37:00'
  • Mitchell Bennett Try 44:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 44:00'
  • Lewis Brunger Try 56:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 56:00'
  • Steve Jay Sub On 58:00'
  • Samuel Edwards Sub On 58:00'
  • Ricki Gould Sub Off 58:00'
  • mark billings Sub Off 58:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Sub Off 64:00'
  • Ricki Gould Sub On 64:00'

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