On a cold and blustery morning Sevenoaks were always going to be difficult opponents for this Wolves team still reeling from a narrow defeat at old Colfeian’s and it wasn’t long before the away side broke through to score easily down a Wolves left lacking in any sort of defensive cover. It soon became apparent that Sevenoaks were a solid outfit adept at shipping the ball off to teammates at the right moment (usually just at the point of drawing a tackle) and they gained territory with ease whilst looking assured in rucks. Wolves themselves looked a little shorn of confidence and although they made less unforced errors this week they still struggled to get good lines going whether in attack or defence. After Sevenoaks eased in for a second score The Wolves did then come back into the game for a period with a 20 yard break by Christopher, some muscular gains from Adem and breaks by Hayden but too often than not there was either a lack of support from teammates or passes were not made at the right time. Sevenoaks then scored the try of the day as they interchanged brilliantly with some quick passing down the left and one of their star players who still had a lot to do somehow managed to sidestep around at least three Wolves defenders from about 30 yards out before speeding over the line. The half ended on a frustrating note with the home team finally managing to put together a coordinated attack that was almost rewarded with a try only to see Sevenoaks intercept a pass and another of their speed merchants then managed to run the full length of the pitch to score despite Hayden’s best efforts (although a special shout out to the ref here too who almost managed to keep up with the scorer!).
In the second half The Wolves improved slightly making more passes to teammates and Jamie in particular stepped up to the plate in the playmaker role, making breaks from central positions with his head up always looking to feed teammates. Tom Cahill added a bit of extra steel to the forward lines and William kept the ball moving with some simple passes to teammates which was missing a little in the first half. Sevenoaks did run in two further tries to take the game comfortably but this was always going to be a test and although there are some basic things to build on there are some positives to take as well.
Well done boys and apologies if I missed any key moments out.
OMW Skills Series: Evasion
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.