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Thurrock
Westcombe Park
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Tries
C Deschamps (2), D Hamilton
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Conversions
J Cameron (2)
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Penalties
J Cameron
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time

Combe's first away trip ends with a loss

Thurrock 32-22 Westcombe Park

Frustration for players, coaching staff and travelling fans as Combe's trip across the river fell flat. Despite scoring three tries and looking
dangerous when they turned the home team's defence, Westcombe Park coughed up too much possession and territory through a string of
penalties. Being marched back 10 metres a couple of times for loose tongues as well as 3 yellow cards didn't help the cause. It has to be
said that Thurrock were that wee bit more streetwise and were quicker to get a grip of the referee's predelictions of how he wanted the breakdown managed.

Thurrock eased to a 13 point lead through 2 penalties after which Combe received their first yellow card for a no arms tackle. This came shortly
after a penalty for a high tackle which was part of an unfortunate theme throughout the afternoon. Down to fourteen men Combe's defence was initially resolute both at the initial maul and scrum, but pressure told in the end and Thurrock crossed on the right for a converted try.

Injuries and the yellow card meant that Combe had to reconstruct their scrum with Dave Vallely making his debut in the front row and Dan
Hamilton helping out on the flank. Finally, after 27 minutes, WPRFC got on the scoreboard when James Cameron struck the penalty after TRFC had been spotted by the referee straying offside in the centre.

Combe were finally threatening in the right areas of the field. A penalty for a Thurrock offside was kicked for the corner, hooker Onwuka
threw in accurately and, although the initial attack broke down, Cameron was able to kick through for Deschamps to score an unconverted try. With the break approaching it looked like Combe would go in with only a 5 point deficit but in the closing moments a scrum penalty was conceded which was duly slotted over by Thurrock.

Half time Thurrock RFC 16-8 Westcombe Park RFC

The second half couldn't have started better for Combe with a score within a minute of the whistle. Combe full back Matt Harrison launched a kick which the Thurrock defence couldn't deal with, Milligan was the provider as he received the ball and provided a delicious cross field kick which Hamilton collected on his wing and raced in and under the posts giving James Cameron the simplest of conversions. Combe were now in touching distance at 16-15.

Thurrock kept their noses in front with another penalty when Combe were pinged for crossing around the 22 metre line. The final quarter had
just started when Combe's travelling support had their hopes raised when Deschamps scored his second try. Thurrock move the ball through their centre and Ant Hitchcock line up his man and forced his prone opposite number to lose the ball backwards in the tackle, Cassius Deschamps was on hand to hack the ball on into space and he won the foot race to the ball, dribbling to the 5 meter line where he picked up and fell over the line to complete his brace. The conversion was slotted to give Combe a three point advantage.

The lead lasted only a couple of minutes when Combe were doubly penalised for a high tackle with a yellow card being added to the
penalty. The match was all square at 22 points each with just over 15 minutes to go.

However Combe went down to 13 men with their third yellow card of the match for preventing a quick tap in the red zone. Combe held the
attacking scrum but the extra men counted in the end and the homeside scored a converted try to lead 29-22 with just over 5 minutes to go.
Combe might have had the consolation of a losing bonus point but on the stroke of full time another kickable penalty was conceded. It was duly scored to give the homeside a ten point win.

A game then for Combe to reflect on given a very ugly negative penalty count. Tackling technique issues and the need to be as adaptable as
opponents in understanding officials' idiosyncrasies might be on the agenda midweek. Thurrock were understandably pleased with the win after their opening loss to Sevenoaks.

Next week Combe welcome London Cornish to Goddington Dene for a 3.00 pm kick off.

Westcombe Park RFC : Fernandez, Onwuka, Simmons, Eames, Delderfield,
Pohlen, Milligan, O'Sullivan, Smith, Cameron, Saffrey, Hitchcock,
Deschamps, Hamilton, Harrison.

Replacements: Vallely, Pass, Livett

Match Report: John Vallely

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Key moments

7:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock
14:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock
24:00
Try Try for Thurrock
25:00
Conversion Conversion for Thurrock
28:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
37:00
Try Cassius Deschamps scores for Westcombe Park
39:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock
41:00
Try Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
42:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
46:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock
60:00
Try Cassius Deschamps scores for Westcombe Park
61:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
65:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock
67:00
Try Try for Thurrock
68:00
Conversion Conversion for Thurrock
75:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Thurrock

Highlights

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75:00 Penalty 32 - 22
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
75:00 Sub On
Josh Livett is substituted on for Westcombe Park
68:00 Conversion 29 - 22
Conversion for Thurrock
67:00 Try 27 - 22
Try for Thurrock
65:00 Penalty 22 - 22
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
65:00 Yellow Card
Matt Harrison is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
61:00 Conversion 19 - 22
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
60:00 Yellow Card
David Pohlen is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
60:00 Try 19 - 20
Cassius Deschamps scores for Westcombe Park
46:00 Penalty 19 - 15
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
45:00 Sub On
Nik Pass is substituted on for Westcombe Park
42:00 Conversion 16 - 15
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
41:00 Try 16 - 13
Dan Hamilton scores for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 16 - 8
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
37:00 Try 13 - 8
Cassius Deschamps scores for Westcombe Park
28:00 Penalty 13 - 3
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
25:00 Conversion 13 - 0
Conversion for Thurrock
24:00 Try 11 - 0
Try for Thurrock
20:00 Sub On
Dave Vallely is substituted on for Westcombe Park
18:00 Yellow Card
Gabri Fernandez is yellow carded for Westcombe Park
14:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
7:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Thurrock
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Penalty 7:00'
  • Penalty 14:00'
  • Gabri Fernandez Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Dave Vallely Sub On 20:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Conversion 25:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 28:00'
  • Cassius Deschamps Try 37:00'
  • Penalty 39:00'
  • Dan Hamilton Try 41:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 42:00'
  • Nik Pass Sub On 45:00'
  • Penalty 46:00'
  • David Pohlen Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Cassius Deschamps Try 60:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 61:00'
  • Matt Harrison Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Penalty 65:00'
  • Try 67:00'
  • Conversion 68:00'
  • Josh Livett Sub On 75:00'
  • Penalty 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Brighton 10 46
2. Medway 10 41
3. Camberley 10 40
4. Sevenoaks 10 38
5. Westcombe Park 10 33
6. Cobham 10 26
7. Dartfordians 10 24

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