Wolves A Finish 2nd Place In 5 Team Kent Preliminary Group
Westcombe Park A (1) Tunbridge Wells A (1)
In the opening game of the day Wolves came under some sustained early pressure with Tunbridge Wells pegging them back in their own half and although Combe initially managed to hold them off with good tackling and aggressive rucking the pressure eventually told as TW fed one of their giants who touched down with ease from 10 yards out. Wolves then came back strongly gaining territory and Haydon sniffed out an interception and ran through on the right byline from 30 yards. The remainder of the game was evenly matched and could have gone either way and although TW were mostly on the front foot Wolves managed to defend impressively even after the loss of Mathew and Adem with a couple of knocks and Jack P who dislocated his nose going into a tackle. Christopher and Tommy Hill put several big hits in which thwarted attacks and produced turnovers and the rucking, counter rucking and passing was generally good (one slight criticism being that passes could have been made either just before or right at the point of the tackle to keep attacks going and use overlaps). The game ended on a sour note with a bit of needle between the teams but overall 1-1 was a fair result as although TW had more possession Coombe kept them at arms length and always looked dangerous on the counter. This was an excellent performance from Coombe and the intensity, commitment and teamwork was spot on.
Westcombe Park A (1) Ashford (1)
In game two Wolves continued to play some good solid rugby and although Ashford were a good match for them the overall standard was a shade below the level of the opener. Ashford opened the scoring with a good team move down the left although this was fairly isolated and for the remainder of the game did not attack Coombe as Tonbridge Wells did. Wolves then returned fire with two exciting attacks: Firstly Christopher span away down the midfield right before selling the Ashford defence a dummy, gaining ground and feeding Oliver who steamed down the right and was forced into touch only yards from the line. The other move of note was a well judged 40 yard punt from Matthew who followed up his own kick and floored the covering defender in the corner with a strong tackle enabling Wolves to pin Ashford back. From a similar position Wolves then got back to 1-1 with Ashford kicking the ball out to Jamie in the fullback position 30 yards out where managed to take a difficult ball before jinking around a helpless Ashford defence. Again1-1 was a fair result in another bruising encounter although if Wolves had matched their performance in the opener they may well have shaded the game.
Westcombe Park (6) Old Beccehamians (0)
Westcombe Park (6) Bromley (1)
In the final 2 games Wolves blasted past Beccehamians and Bromley without needing to get out out of second gear. Of the 12 tries Tommy Hill, Jack Pillar, Will and Adem all deservedly scored well from close quarters as they had made midfield gains all day. Matthew added 3 excellent scores including a Hayden-esque interception to cap a good day at the office and Hayden, not to be outdone, added in another 3 tries running in speedily on the wing. Jamie also added to the interception count and scored the try of the day; another catch from deep and a slalom run at pace to outflank a helpless defence.
Well done Wolves and apologies if I missed out any key moments.
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