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1st XV - Match centre

Towcestrians
Westcombe Park
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Tries
B Bateup, J Lindfield, R Hackett
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
M Zanirato (4)
Penalties
M Zanirato (3)
Penalty Try
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Westcombe Park 37 - Towcestrians 26

Combe have testing time at Towcester

In the re-scheduled visit away to Towcester, Combe secured a bonus point win, but made heavy weather of it. Combe’s pack dominated the set-piece, and should have been streets ahead, but with the home backs always looking lively, and willing and able to counter, Combe leaked scores which kept Towcester still in the game and worryingly close at the finish.

The weather was fine, a breeze down the slope, just as it was on the first visit last month before the heavens opened. This time no interruptions. Combe faced the breeze and slope for the first half, and within five minutes were on the scoreboard. After approach work by the back three and Charlie O’Sullivan, Bradley Bateup went over by the posts for a try converted by Miki Zanirato. Miki Zanirato added a penalty after David Bonner was almost through. Charlie O’Sullivan is popping up everywhere. He is put in the clear after slick hands from all the front rowers, just short of the line, but Bradley Bateup is on hand first, then James Lindfield who claims the score by the posts. Miki Zanirato converts. 0-17, twenty-five minutes gone and Combe are looking in control. But they drop their guard. Towcester winger Dario Germain is put in the clear, over in the corner and round to the posts for a converted try. Miki Zanirato kicks another penalty from in front of the posts. Another penalty in front of the posts and Combe take the scrum option, as every scrum so far, it seems, results in another penalty award. Charlie O’Sullivan tries a pick up from No. 8 first of all, then at the second scrum Towcester collapse and Combe win the penalty try. At 7-27 Combe should be comfortable, but with a man short and the home side still willing, Towcester slip down the right touchline, and in the follow up No. 8 Callum Threlfall forces his way over for a converted try right on the stroke of half time. 14-27.

Hold on. Combe have faced the wind, gone up the slope, are winning every scrum and had built a seventeen point lead, but at the interval would be just two scores ahead. Towcester knew they were still in the game and soon after the re-start went in for a third try thanks to Threlfall’s off-load. The conversion attempt by James Falvey hit the upright. Now it was 19-27. Combe continued to win penalty awards at the scrums. Bradley Bateup would put in booming kicks for position and Miki Zanirato added another penalty. But Combe were losing players. Tom Simmons was down and off as was Thibaud Calohard. Combe could still apply the pressure. Bradley Saffery and David Bonner made the inroads, and Combe were in the right hand corner. A couple of thrusts and a canny set up by Jamie Forsyth for a forward drive allowed Ryan Hackett to benefit and claim the score. Miki Zanirato converted. 19-37, we are in the last quarter. A string of penalties to Combe close to the posts brought nil return. Perhaps a pivotal point. With injuries to Towcester’s front row, scrums from now on would be uncontested and so Combe would lose their advantage and attacking platform. They were also a man short again, which neither helped. Towcester could be back in the game. Indeed a run up the middle by skipper Craig Holten was eventually stopped, winger Germain was close in the corner but held up, then with re-cycled ball Sam Sturley was on hand and over for a bonus point try converted by Falvey. We are playing injury time, of which there is a lot. With guaranteed possession from their scrum close to Combe’s line Towcester have one last thrust but in their eagerness concede a penalty much to Combe’s relief. Combe come away with a bonus point win, the hosts claim their first league point of the season.

Next week we are back to the fixture schedule. Combe are down the road away to league new- comers Tunbridge Wells. The next home game for Combe is 28th October when Shelford visit. Kick-off 3.00pm.

Westcombe Park XV: S. Pursell; M. Dowding, B.Saffery, D. Bonner, L. Jackson; B. Bateup, M. Zanirato; J. Stanford, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Clarke, T. Calohard, R. Hackett, J. Lindfield, C. O’Sullivan.
Bench: T. Simmons, L. Covington, J. Kenward.

Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

5:00
Try Bradley Bateup scores for Westcombe Park
6:00
Conversion Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
12:00
Penalty Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
24:00
Try James Lindfield scores for Westcombe Park
25:00
Conversion Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
30:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
31:00
Conversion Conversion for Towcestrians
33:00
Penalty Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
37:00
Conversion Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
39:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
40:00
Conversion Conversion for Towcestrians
45:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
56:00
Penalty Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
60:00
Try Ryan Hackett scores for Westcombe Park
61:00
Conversion Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
70:00
Try Try for Towcestrians
71:00
Conversion Conversion for Towcestrians

Highlights

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71:00 Conversion 26 - 37
Conversion for Towcestrians
70:00 Try 24 - 37
Try for Towcestrians
61:00 Conversion 19 - 37
Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
60:00 Try 19 - 35
Ryan Hackett scores for Westcombe Park
56:00 Penalty 19 - 30
Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
45:00 Try 19 - 27
Try for Towcestrians
40:00 Conversion 14 - 27
Conversion for Towcestrians
40:00 Sub On
Lee Covington is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Lachlan Jackson is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Tom Simmons is substituted on for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
39:00 Try 12 - 27
Try for Towcestrians
37:00 Conversion 7 - 27
Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
36:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Westcombe Park
33:00 Penalty 7 - 20
Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
31:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Conversion for Towcestrians
30:00 Try 5 - 17
Try for Towcestrians
25:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
24:00 Try 0 - 15
James Lindfield scores for Westcombe Park
12:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Miki Zanirato kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
6:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Miki Zanirato kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Bradley Bateup scores for Westcombe Park
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Towcestrians
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Bradley Bateup Try 5:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Conversion 6:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Penalty 12:00'
  • James Lindfield Try 24:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Conversion 25:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 31:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Penalty 33:00'
  • Penalty Try 36:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Conversion 37:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Tom Simmons Sub On 40:00'
  • Lachlan Jackson Sub On 40:00'
  • Lee Covington Sub On 40:00'
  • Conversion 40:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Penalty 56:00'
  • Ryan Hackett Try 60:00'
  • Miki Zanirato Conversion 61:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'

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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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