Falcons Brilliant Team Show in Kent Cup
All the H's - three Harry's and one Harvey
WPRFC 20 – 12 DARTFORDIANS
Wonderful rugby weather greeted both sets of teams and supporters. We were about to witness a splendid game of committed rugby.
The Falcons squad warmed up and one of our coaches advised that they were ready to engage the enemy at first light. Dartfordians started the game with a kick downhill. The ball was taken very well by big Denzell and taken into contact & presented. The Falcons recycled the ball well, the pack was in support & Harry W makes a break through the gain-line and is off breaking a tackle, the team leopard is in pursuit mode, Max S takes a well-timed pass from Harry W taking the contact on, and Maxi is off towards the 22-yard line, Harry Shotton is also in support, & he also receives a well-timed pass to gain more ground and crash over the line into the corner for a great start and a wonderful team try. Conversion missed. 5-0
To be fair to Dartfordians they came back at the Falcons with a very dominant period of pressure. However, the Falcons defiance in fighting every move was sensational, I cannot recall any serious missed tackles, Charlie Morris gets stuck into his tackles, good work. Special mentions however must go to Henry J for somehow getting under the ball and stopping a touch-down & Harry W for nailing a Dartford lump, a low tackle around the legs gentlemen and there was your example of why it’s effective, to save another ‘certain’ try, with the cavalry then on the scene to jackle for the ball. Splendid stuff.
The Falcons later in the half had a player sin-binned, a first for the Falcons, your scribe could not see the incident so will comment no further for fear of a disrepute charge! The leopard was chained & caged for 5 minutes. During the ensuing period of play, as the first half was coming to an end, the Dartfordian players kept up the pressure, and finally the burden was too much for the Falcons rear guard action and the opposition scored. Conversion missed. 5-5
Mr. Morris helpfully used his pocket watch, which is de rigueur attire for a man of his age, and kept a timer going for the yellow card and the leopard was duly unchained and returned to the fray and with that the referee blew for half time 5-5.
The second half commenced and it’s where the first half left and it’s very very physical. The Falcons scrummaging is excellent. We take one against the head, and the ball is out quickly, Harvey A see’s a gap and bursts forth, into the rival’s half and onwards to score a fine try. Conversion missed. 10-5
A sustained period of Falcons dominance follows. The Falcons are taking the ball into contact and gaining yards. The entire pack is awesome. A lovely try for Harry W who is supporting Harry Jack on one of his customary forays forward, not isolated this time, and Harry W takes the ball well bashing through two or three attempted tackles to biff over the try-line. Conversion missed. 15-5.
The pack is now really taking it on. The front row, the back line, Dartfordians aren’t folding, but they are struggling, our scrummaging is again immense. We have one particular move, Harry W takes the ball forward making ground, Denzell goes, Mike Tutt goes, Harry-J goes over the line for another pack try, brilliant to watch. Conversion missed 20-5.
The Dartford boys score a consolation converted try at the end. A slightly disappointing finish as it was a bit sloppy from the Falcons. Exit strategy from behind the try line catching us out again. After the conversion the referee blows for full time, 20-12. The 20-12 score makes the second half seem closer than it was.
Your resident propagandist is obviously biased, but I think Sunday 5th November was our raison d'être for rugby: Brilliant weather, all the boys played tremendous rugby, the match was entertaining, a joy to watch. The scrummaging, even when personal changed and finishers joined the battle, was constant throughout the entire contest. There was forward momentum with each ‘set’ and although the scrum is limited by how far back it can go, for now, it bodes well for the future. Well done coaches.
Harry Shotton 1.
Harvey Aris 1.
Harry Wyatt 1.
Harry-Jack Cowie 1.
Dan O’Neil 0 from 1
Max Hallett 0 from 2
Harry Shotten 0 from 1
Dartfordians voted the ‘lad with the orange scrum cap’ as Man of The Match. Congrats Harry-Jack!!
(Note for Mr. Brelsford: raison d'être is not a dried French fruit).