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Guernsey
Westcombe Park
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Tries
L Harte, J Forsyth, D Hamilton
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Conversions
J Cameron (3)
Penalties
J Cameron (2)
Sat 7 Apr 14:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Combe give it a go in Guernsey

Guernsey Raiders 38-27 Westcombe Park

This was always going to be a challenge. Guernsey are league leaders and closing in on promotion, Combe are near the opposite end of the table in a struggle to avoid the drop. Combe have had some good results of late but realistically this was unlikely to be the opportunity to upset the form book. Combe had some minor team changes to make, but when the line-out failed to operate, the set-piece came under pressure, and their influential play-maker was forced off early on, it was going to be uphill all the way. But, although behind at half-time Combe battled to the end, indeed matched the hosts try for try in the second half to show the home crowd and the few Combe supporters on the trip that Combe could play rugby too. Good conditions.

Guernsey were quick out of the traps. Full-back Anthony Armstrong looked dangerous with the ball on the counter, but it was tight-head Layton Batiste over in the corner after five minutes for the first score. Combe’s Lewis Harte had a good run down his wing, the ball was spun back left only for Rob White to be felled and forced off injured. Combe’s penalty, kick to the corner, lost line-out, chance gone, turning point. Combe had to re-group. Dan Hamilton made good ground and Combe won a penalty front of posts, for James Cameron to get some points on the board. 5-3, twenty minutes gone. The rest of the half was Guernsey’s or rather Armstrong’s. He went over in the corner taking an ‘out the back’ pass and was over again from a No. 8 pick-up and attack down the blindside. Owen Thomas knocked over just one conversion to open up a 17-3 lead. Nathan Thomas was also making inroads, and the home side were conceding penalties under pressure. James Cameron knocked over one in front of the posts. 17-6 with the half drawing to a close. Combe were having a go despite limited possession. Guernsey were guilty of handling errors and poor passing, not as composed or settled as they might have been.

Guernsey soon earned their try-bonus point after the re-start when scrum-half Kyle Brown went over short range from a line-out. Try converted, 24-6. Guernsey spilled in attack again, Nathan Thomas had another charge. Combe were close, very close. George Milligan, Tom Clarke, Jamie Forsyth are all giving it a go but it is the home side who score, taking a quick tap penalty and catching Combe on the hop. Try converted, 31-6. Last quarter, and Combe have not given up. Nathan Thomas from half-way almost made it but he had support from Bradley Saffery who found Lewis Harte on hand to cross and towards the posts for James Cameron to convert. 31-13. Guernsey would score again though with a fortuitous rebound-charge down, Blair Campbell the beneficiary, Thomas converted. 38-13. Combe are not done for, even though we are in the last five minutes. Jamie Forsyth forces his way over in the corner. James Cameron converts. 38-20. Save the best ‘til last. James Simmons and Jamie Forsyth show off their ‘out the back’ passing skills, then Dan Hamilton from his own half sets off on a final foray, to half way, ten-metre line, twenty-two. His run is impeded by attempted tackles but these are shrugged off or burst through. It’s not a straight run to the line, most if not all of the home side try to hinder his progress, but strength and sheer determination sees him eventually cross the line and to the posts. James Cameron converts with a drop goal right on the final whistle. 38-27. No points for Combe but they had certainly given it a go.

The next two fixtures, both at Goddington Dene are crucial. First up, 14th April, is Southend who are already doomed, then Tring visit on 21st April. Needless to say, maximum numbers in support essential for both games.

Westcombe Park XV: B. Saffery; D. Hamilton, N. Thomas, D. Bonner, L. Harte; R. White, J. Cameron; J. Simmons, K. Onwuka, J. Forsyth, T. Clarke, L. Delderfield, G. Milligan, T. Sullivan, C. Springer.

Bench: D. Eames, D. Pohlen, S. Pursell.

Match reporter: Bruce Mackenzie.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

6:00
Try Try for Guernsey
20:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
23:00
Try Try for Guernsey
32:00
Try Try for Guernsey
33:00
Conversion Conversion for Guernsey
37:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
45:00
Try Try for Guernsey
46:00
Conversion Conversion for Guernsey
61:00
Try Try for Guernsey
62:00
Conversion Conversion for Guernsey
67:00
Try Lewis Harte scores for Westcombe Park
68:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
70:00
Try Try for Guernsey
71:00
Conversion Conversion for Guernsey
78:00
Try Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
79:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
80:00
Try Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
80:00 +1:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park

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Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Conversion 38 - 27
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
80:00 Try 38 - 25
Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
79:00 Conversion 38 - 20
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
78:00 Try 38 - 18
Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
71:00 Conversion 38 - 13
Conversion for Guernsey
70:00 Try 36 - 13
Try for Guernsey
68:00 Conversion 31 - 13
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
67:00 Try 31 - 11
Lewis Harte scores for Westcombe Park
62:00 Conversion 31 - 6
Conversion for Guernsey
61:00 Try 29 - 6
Try for Guernsey
46:00 Conversion 24 - 6
Conversion for Guernsey
45:00 Try 22 - 6
Try for Guernsey
End of period 1
37:00 Penalty 17 - 6
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
33:00 Conversion 17 - 3
Conversion for Guernsey
32:00 Try 15 - 3
Try for Guernsey
23:00 Try 10 - 3
Try for Guernsey
20:00 Penalty 5 - 3
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
6:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Guernsey
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Guernsey
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Try 6:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 20:00'
  • Try 23:00'
  • Try 32:00'
  • Conversion 33:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 37:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Conversion 46:00'
  • Try 61:00'
  • Conversion 62:00'
  • Lewis Harte Try 67:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 68:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'
  • Jamie Forsyth Try 78:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 79:00'
  • Dan Hamilton Try 80:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 80:00 +1:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Sidcup 26 59
9. Dorking 26 57
10. Sutton & Epsom 26 57
11. Guildford 26 52
12. Westcombe Park 26 49
13. Southend Saxons 26 30
14. Towcestrians 26 20

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