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1st XV - Match centre

Westcombe Park
Hove
P Bosch, D Pohlen, A Foster, J McKeown, M Harrison, J Simmons
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
M Harrison (4)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time

A classic game of two halves

Westcombe Park 38-14 Hove

It was just as well that Combe put in a commanding performance in the first half to build a substantive lead as visitors Hove came back very strongly immediately after the break with attacking rugby which belied their lowly league position. Westcombe Park rode the two try comeback with a try of their own and the victory sees the Goddington Dene side at 5th place in the League, 6 points behind early leaders Brighton.

Hove started strongly, seeing most of the territory and possession in the opening 5 minutes and put together a 15 phase set of plays which ended with a knock on. Combe made the most of their first real bit of ball. First man of the match flanker David Pohlen made the first of his powerful runs, fed hooker A D Foster who efficiently recycled the ball for the experienced midfield of Simpson and Davies to release centre Paul Bosch to score the try. Matt Harrison playing scrum half this week slotted the first of his four conversions.

The scrum was proving a close contest and Combe the front row of James McKeowen, A D Foster and Tom Simmons were doing well against an experienced Hove unit. The home side were having the better of play with first Foster breaking clear at an undefended ruck and then winger Lewis Harte being bundled into touch at the corner after Pohlen had made substantial inroads.

Combe vs Hove 2018
21 photos

Combe extended their lead after 22 minutes when Foster broke yet again and made an outrageous pass out the back of his hand for Pohlen to score. Harrison extended the lead to 14-0 with the conversion. Just under 10 minutes later WPRFC went 19 points up when centre Niki Davies went clear, dummied the defence and found the supporting Foster who scored.

The bonus point try was scored by prop McKeown after a serious incursion from Luke Delderfied who combined with Simpson to free McKeown for the score which Harrison converted. Scrum Half Harrison got on the scoresheet on the brink of halftime. A powerful Combe maul was trundling towards the try-line when he grabbed to ball to exploit a gap in the defensive line. Harrison then converted his own try to give Combe a comforting half-time lead of 33-0.

Combe started the second half brightly but, when Hove snuffed out an early attack, they showed more incision than when they had the ball earlier. Crisp passing out-manoeuvred the home side's defence and the try was scored under the posts to make the conversion a formality. 33-7 to Combe.

Combe were continuing to feel the heat of the Hove attack but were defending stoutly. The home side then coughed up 3 penalties in quick succession as Hove battered the try line and inevitably went down to 14 men as a yellow card was shown. Hove took full advantage of the extra man,broke the line and were in for their second converted try.

Westcombe Park needed to quell the mini storm and duly did so on the 53rd minute mark when Matt Swan and Lewis Harte combined on the left to pressurise the Hove defence who buckled to allow James Simmons to score. Harrison converted for what proved the last points of the match.

For the second week running, the intensity both sides had shown understandably dropped when there was a serious knee injury to Combe's Claude Springer which entailed a lengthy stoppage. As the Combe man was stretchered off the visiting players sportingly acknowledged his departure.Claude is currently awaiting the results of an MRI scan and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Another good win for Combe with both forwards and backs contributing mightily. Next week Combe travel to Cobham hoping to continue the winning streak.

Westcombe Park RFC: McKeown, Foster, Simmons T, Novell, Delderfield, Pass, O'Sullivan, Pohlen, Harrison, Simpson, Swan, Bosch, Davies, Harte, Sansbury

Replacements: Simmons J, Milligan, Springer

Man of the Match: Dave Pohlen

Match Report:John Vallely

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

David Pohlen

Player of the Match

David Pohlen

Key moments

7:00
Try Paul Bosch scores for Westcombe Park
8:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
20:00
Try David Pohlen scores for Westcombe Park
21:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
29:00
Try A D Foster scores for Westcombe Park
33:00
Try James McKeown scores for Westcombe Park
34:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
38:00
Try Matt Harrison scores for Westcombe Park
39:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
42:00
Try Try for Hove
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Hove
50:00
Try Try for Hove
51:00
Conversion Conversion for Hove
53:00
Try James Simmons scores for Westcombe Park

Videos and photos

Combe vs Hove 2018
21 photos
Combe vs Hove 2018

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
David Pohlen is awarded player of the match for Westcombe Park
53:00 Try 38 - 14
James Simmons scores for Westcombe Park
51:00 Conversion 33 - 14
Conversion for Hove
50:00 Try 33 - 12
Try for Hove
45:00 Sub On
James Simmons is substituted on for Westcombe Park
45:00 Sub On
Claude Springer is substituted on for Westcombe Park
43:00 Conversion 33 - 7
Conversion for Hove
42:00 Try 33 - 5
Try for Hove
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
38:00 Try 31 - 0
Matt Harrison scores for Westcombe Park
35:00 Sub On
David Pohlen is substituted on for Westcombe Park
34:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
33:00 Try 24 - 0
James McKeown scores for Westcombe Park
29:00 Try 19 - 0
A D Foster scores for Westcombe Park
21:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
20:00 Try 12 - 0
David Pohlen scores for Westcombe Park
8:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
7:00 Try 5 - 0
Paul Bosch scores for Westcombe Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Westcombe Park
  • Hove
  • 0
  • Paul Bosch Try 7:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 8:00'
  • David Pohlen Try 20:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 21:00'
  • A D Foster Try 29:00'
  • James McKeown Try 33:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 34:00'
  • David Pohlen Sub On 35:00'
  • Matt Harrison Try 38:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 39:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • James Simmons Sub On 45:00'
  • Claude Springer Sub On 45:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 51:00'
  • James Simmons Try 53:00'

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Medway
66
26
Sevenoaks
30
24
Cobham
Tottonians
14
10
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Brighton 14 66
2. Sevenoaks 14 57
3. Medway 14 54
4. Camberley 14 53
5. Thurrock 14 41
6. Westcombe Park 14 39
7. Dartfordians 14 33

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