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1st XV - Match centre

Westcombe Park
Sutton & Epsom
D Hamilton, S Pursell, S Sema, J Saunders, C O'Sullivan
Full time
J Cameron (5)
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Sat 20 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

‘Combe overcome the conditions, and S & E

Westcombe Park 35-3 Sutton & Epsom

Conditions were awful: rain, mud, cold. A day for only the brave, foolhardy or committed, to include also the supporters who had answered the President’s call. They were rewarded. Combe put on a great performance mixing attack with stern defence, and holding onto skills in such testing conditions. The visitors, Sutton and Epsom, barely had a sniff and looked the shadow of the side who had won the first encounter of the season by a whisker. At the same time, Combe needed a win after last week’s showing in order to regain confidence and work their way away from the wrong end of the league table.
Combe had the better of the opening minutes. Cassius Deschamps made ground after Combe’s scrum had won on S & E’s put-in, Jordan Saunders was close, and Sammy Sema closer still. Dan Hamilton had a run. Will Robinson was pegging the visitors back. S & E eventually put some possession together and made a brief foray into Combe territory but direct and effective Combe tackling from far out meant the visitors could make little headway. Combe were pinching line-outs and getting the shunt on at scrum time. That’s the first quarter. A Combe penalty outside the visitors’ twenty-two, quick thinking and jinking, Dan Hamilton was through and over by the posts for a converted try. The re-start. Tom Christopher and James Lindfield break clear, Scott Pursell is on hand and has the gas to beat the back-tracking visitors for a second converted try for Combe. 14-0 within a matter of minutes. S & E do get on the scoreboard with a penalty from Jacob Knight, but are soon back on their own try line as Combe mount a series of short range attacks, then go wider with darts from Cassius Deschamps, Dan Hamilton and Sammy Sema. S & E are holding out, until into injury time Combe spin the ball left, quickly, allowing Sammy Sema to beat the defence and score on debut. Another conversion for James Cameron. Combe ahead at half-time 21-3. Very satisfactory in the circumstances.
It’s still raining for the second half. There is not a dry seat in the stand. The crowd is enjoying it. Combe come back with a change and clean strip – not for long. The persistent rain has turned the pitch into a mud bath which will sap the strength of the players and test their fitness. Cold hands mean mistakes on both sides. It’s all a bit scrappy. The visitors enjoy a brief period pressing the Combe line, but otherwise with limited possession they are again confined mostly to their own half. Will Robinson and James Cameron with their positional kicking are making sure of that. Last quarter. Dan Hamilton on an arcing run, follow up, ball goes left to the corner, skipper Joe Bonner is short of the line but from the ensuing maul it is Jordan Saunders who forces his way over for Combe’s bonus point fourth try. Of course it is converted. 28-3. Last ten minutes or so. The crowd are staying to the end. There is time for Sammy Sema to make a break up the wing and for S & E’s winger to do the same but with neither run turning to points. Jamie Forsyth pinched a line-out and with a delicate off-load found Will Robinson to kick to the corner. S & E back-track at the scrum, so with another scrum and with Combe’s put-in, it is a straightforward No. 8 pick- up and over for Charlie O’Sullivan. James Cameron is not missing his conversions. 35-3, final whistle.
Combe did well in atrocious conditions, and a bonus point as well. There are still plenty of tough games to come but Combe proved to themselves they know how to win and can win, and enjoy doing so. Next week they are away at Guildford. The next home game is February 3rd when Tunbridge Wells visit, kick-off 2.00pm. There is a supporters’ lunch beforehand. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Westcombe Park XV : W. Robinson; D. Hamilton, C. Deschamps, S. Pursell, S. Sema; J. Cameron, M. Zanirato; J. Saunders, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Christopher, T. Clarke, J. Lindfield, T. Sullivan, C. O’Sullivan.
Bench: N. Porter, L. Delderfield, E. Durkin.
Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

Ugo Monye and Red Roses’ Danielle “Nolli” Waterman surprise Alton RFC

Sammy Sema

Player of the Match

Sammy Sema

Key moments

20:00
Try Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
21:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
24:00
Try Scott Pursell scores for Westcombe Park
25:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Sutton & Epsom
38:00
Try Sammy Sema scores for Westcombe Park
39:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
65:00
Try Jordan Saunders scores for Westcombe Park
66:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
78:00
Try Charlie O'Sullivan scores for Westcombe Park
79:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park

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Combe vs Sutton & Epsom - January 2018
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Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Sammy Sema is awarded player of the match for Westcombe Park
79:00 Conversion 35 - 3
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
78:00 Try 33 - 3
Charlie O'Sullivan scores for Westcombe Park
70:00 Sub On
Luke Delderfield is substituted on for Westcombe Park
66:00 Conversion 28 - 3
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
65:00 Try 26 - 3
Jordan Saunders scores for Westcombe Park
60:00 Sub On
Ed Durkin is substituted on for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 21 - 3
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
38:00 Try 19 - 3
Sammy Sema scores for Westcombe Park
30:00 Sub On
Nick Porter is substituted on for Westcombe Park
30:00 Penalty 14 - 3
Penalty kicked for Sutton & Epsom
25:00 Conversion 14 - 0
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
24:00 Try 12 - 0
Scott Pursell scores for Westcombe Park
21:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
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  • Westcombe Park
  • Sutton & Epsom
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  • Dan Hamilton Try 20:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 21:00'
  • Scott Pursell Try 24:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 25:00'
  • Nick Porter Sub On 30:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Sammy Sema Try 38:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 39:00'
  • Ed Durkin Sub On 60:00'
  • Jordan Saunders Try 65:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 66:00'
  • Luke Delderfield Sub On 70:00'
  • Charlie O'Sullivan Try 78:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Dorking 25 56
9. Shelford 25 54
10. Sidcup 25 54
11. Guildford 25 51
12. Westcombe Park 25 49
13. Southend Saxons 25 30
14. Towcestrians 25 20

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