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1st XV - Match centre

Brighton
Westcombe Park
Tries
J Lindfield, H Sansbury (2)
Conversions
M Harrison (2)
Penalties
M Harrison
Sat 16 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time

Combe lose a hard fought contest at the Seaside in an even game that could have gone either way.

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Brighton FC 28-22 Westcombe Park RFC

A warm Spring-like day on the South Coast with barely a breeze - perfect conditions for an open game of rugby – and for once that’s what we got. The teams were evenly matched and both enjoyed periods of dominance. Defences were heroic throughout but both sides tried to play an attractive brand of rugby. Combe went down due to a 10 minute loss of concentration just after half time but rallied strongly at the end to grab a bonus point.
Brighton started the stronger pegging Combe back in their half. However, the Combe defence was resolute repulsing numerous Brighton attacks. Eventually, however, Combe were pinged for not releasing and Brighton kicked the penalty 3-0 after 7 mins.
Combe responded almost immediately. From a line out Combe attacked the Brighton midfield. Brighton killed the ball and Combe kicked to the corner and from a catch and drive James Lindfield was over. Matt Harrison converted from wide out 3-7 to Combe after 10 mins. Combe were now firmly back in the contest and were playing well with drives from Reece Conlon and Dave Pohlen to the fore.
A collapsed scrum on the 20 minute mark resulted in a shoulder injury to Tom Simmons and the game was stopped for 10 mins for the necessary safety protocols. He was replaced by his brother James Simmons. From the restart Brighton attacked but Combe turned the ball over, won a penalty and kicked to touch. From the line out Combe spun the ball through the backs, Sammy Atiola broke through the centre and put Harry Sansbury in for a try in the corner. Matt Harrison converted from wide out 3-14 to Combe and deservedly so after 25 mins of play.
Brighton hit back immediately after Combe spilt the ball from a poor restart. James Lindfield was yellow carded for killing the ball and with a man down Combe buckled at scrum time to concede a penalty try 10-14.Over the last 10 mins Brighton upped the ante and only a brilliant try saving tackle from Harry Sansbury kept Combe ahead, though Brighton narrowed the lead with a penalty late on 13-14 at HT.
The Brighton half time team talk must have been right on the money and they ran out with intent immediately breaking through the Combe defence to score with ease wide out in the corner 14-18. With their tails now up Brighton came again and again and the pressure inevitably told with a second try, this time converted to lead 25-14 after barely 10 mins of the second half.
Combe responded with great spirit and self belief combining hard running with driving mauls. Brighton dug in but got sucked in. The ball went wide again and Harry Sansbury was in at the corner for his second try, 25-19 and game on.
Penalties were swapped (Matt Harrison for Combe) 28-22. Now its nip and tuck, end to end – an absorbing contest between two committed teams.
In a final push for victory, Combe threw the kitchen sink at Brighton but try as they may they could not get over the whitewash. The Final Score was Brighton 28 Combe 22.
A break in the League programme next week as the Six Nations resumes. The next league game is on 2nd March when we entertain Tottonians, kick off 2.30. There is a Supporters’ Lunch sponsored by “The Youth” prior to the game (see Denise Jones)
Team: R. Conlon, J. Dehaarte, T.Simmons, C. O’Sullivan, N. Pass, G. Milligan, J.Lindfield, D. Pohlen, B. Smith, M. Harrison, B. Saffery, S. Atiola, S. Beckett, D. Hamilton, H. Sansbury. Subs: J. Simmons, T. Calohard (TiBo), J. Donovan, J. Dennett (Travelling).
Reporter: Franklin Pastry

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Key moments

10:00
Try James Lindfield scores for Westcombe Park
11:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
20:00
Try Harry Sansbury scores for Westcombe Park
21:00
Conversion Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
55:00
Try Harry Sansbury scores for Westcombe Park
68:00
Penalty Matt Harrison kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park

Highlights

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68:00 Penalty 0 - 22
Matt Harrison kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
65:00 Sub On
Thibaud Calohard is substituted on for Westcombe Park
60:00 Sub On
Jack Donovan is substituted on for Westcombe Park
55:00 Try 0 - 19
Harry Sansbury scores for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
21:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
20:00 Try 0 - 12
Harry Sansbury scores for Westcombe Park
15:00 Sub On
James Simmons is substituted on for Westcombe Park
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Matt Harrison kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
10:00 Try 0 - 5
James Lindfield scores for Westcombe Park
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As it happened

  • Brighton
  • Westcombe Park
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  • James Lindfield Try 10:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 11:00'
  • James Simmons Sub On 15:00'
  • Harry Sansbury Try 20:00'
  • Matt Harrison Conversion 21:00'
  • Harry Sansbury Try 55:00'
  • Jack Donovan Sub On 60:00'
  • Thibaud Calohard Sub On 65:00'
  • Matt Harrison Penalty 68:00'

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2. Brighton 26 107
3. Camberley 26 106
4. Medway 26 103
5. Thurrock 26 80
6. Havant 26 75
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