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Tring
Westcombe Park
Tring, Tring, Tring
Full time
J Livett, J Bonner, D Hamilton, T Clarke
Tring, Tring, Tring
Tring, Tring
J Cameron, M Zanirato
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

Combe get wake-up call at Tring

Tring 32-26 Westcombe Park

First game of the season, away at Tring, not an alarm call but a timely reminder that it is long, long haul, and probably a very competitive league this year. Tring, after their gap year are back in the league and they do like to throw the ball around. In some ways Combe were the authors of their own misfortunes: undone by errors either side of half-time and an inability to translate possession into points. There was a sizeable crowd, basking in the sunshine, eager for the new season to start.

Combe with the sun at their backs scored early, very early. The ball worked left, up the touchline and full back Josh Livett was in at the corner 0-5. No conversion, one minute on the clock. Thereafter it was Combe who dominated. They had plenty of possession, and promising position. Either they could not release their backs into space, or were being closed down by a resolute home defence. It was not until the second quarter that Tring ventured into the Combe half. With growing confidence Tring’s Tom Newton made a break and had Harry Thorogood in support to go over right of the posts. Newton added the conversion. 7-5. Combe brought the game back into the Tring half and twenty-two. A catch at the line-out in the corner, a drive and skipper Joe Bonner claimed the touchdown. No conversion. 7-10. Combe’s set piece was going well, Ant Hitchcock came close in the corner, Miki Zanirato was almost put in the clear, but as the half-time approached, Combe had not added to their score. Instead, Tring had some momentum, they had an extra man too for ten minutes. Tom Newton added a penalty from in front of the posts on the stroke of half-time: 10-10.

At the re-start, it was Tring’s turn to score early, exploiting gaps in Combe’s defence. Full back Jake Olley went over in the right hand corner. Within minutes they went over again as Zak Michalski was put clear. Newton added a conversion, and suddenly Tring were well ahead 22-10, with a good thirty minutes to go. Combe began to close the gap. James Cameron slotted over a penalty, then at last Dan Hamilton was released in a bit of space and with work to do but he made it over. James Cameron’s conversion hit the upright. 22-18. Last quarter. Newton adds a penalty: 25-18. It is getting a bit nervy, and Combe are making adjustments with their substitutes to off-set injury scares. Tring kick back deep into Combe’s twenty-two. Tring’s line-out and drive, it’s close to the line, Combe offend, and the referee is quick to award the penalty try. 32-18. Last ten minutes. The re-start goes straight into touch, but Combe rumble up the right touch line. A line-out and drive for the line and Tom Clarke is over. No conversion. 32-23. Five minutes left on the clock. Scott Pursell on a burst wins a penalty in front of the posts. Miki Zanirato puts it over for 32-26. Tring hold their nerve, and time has run out for Combe, who at least have two bonus points in the bag.

On reflection a cracking good game to start the new campaign. Plenty to learn from and build on. It is good to see some old faces back with Combe, as well as new blood and youngsters. It is going to be a long, long season.

Next week Combe are at home to old local rivals Sidcup, also new to the league this season. There is a Supporters’ Lunch beforehand (see web site for details – book NOW). A large crowd is expected. Kick-off 3.00pm. Get in early!

Westcombe Park XV: J. Livett; D. Hamilton, A. Hitchcock, S. Pursell, B. Saffery; J. Cameron, M. Zanirato; J. Simmons, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Clarke, T. Christopher, D. Fox, L. Covington, A. Campbell.

Bench: T. Simmons, T. Calohard, J. Kenward.

Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

Key moments

1:00
Try Josh Livett scores for Westcombe Park
22:00
Try Tring scores for Tring
23:00
Conversion Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
30:00
Try Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
39:00
Penalty Tring kicks a penalty for Tring
45:00
Try Tring scores for Tring
48:00
Try Tring scores for Tring
49:00
Conversion Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
55:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
60:00
Try Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
65:00
Penalty Tring kicks a penalty for Tring
66:00
Conversion Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
70:00
Try Tom Clarke scores for Westcombe Park
75:00
Penalty Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park

Highlights

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75:00 Penalty 27 - 26
Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
70:00 Try 27 - 23
Tom Clarke scores for Westcombe Park
66:00 Conversion 27 - 18
Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
65:00 Penalty 25 - 18
Tring kicks a penalty for Tring
60:00 Try 22 - 18
Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
55:00 Penalty 22 - 13
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
49:00 Conversion 22 - 10
Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
48:00 Try 20 - 10
Tring scores for Tring
45:00 Try 15 - 10
Tring scores for Tring
40:00 Sub On
Calohard Thibaud is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
James Kenward is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Tom Simmons is substituted on for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 10 - 10
Tring kicks a penalty for Tring
30:00 Try 7 - 10
Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
23:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Tring kicks a conversion for Tring
22:00 Try 5 - 5
Tring scores for Tring
1:00 Try 0 - 5
Josh Livett scores for Westcombe Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tring
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Josh Livett Try 1:00'
  • Tring Try 22:00'
  • Tring Conversion 23:00'
  • Joe Bonner Try 30:00'
  • Tring Penalty 39:00'
  • Calohard Thibaud Sub On 40:00'
  • James Kenward Sub On 40:00'
  • Tom Simmons Sub On 40:00'
  • Tring Try 45:00'
  • Tring Try 48:00'
  • Tring Conversion 49:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 55:00'
  • Dan Hamilton Try 60:00'
  • Tring Penalty 65:00'
  • Tring Conversion 66:00'
  • Tom Clarke Try 70:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Penalty 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Sutton & Epsom 4 10
9. Shelford 4 7
10. Guildford 3 7
11. Tunbridge Wells 4 7
12. Westcombe Park 2 2
13. Towcestrians 3 0
14. Southend Saxons 4 0

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