Coombe outplay the hosts in every department and deserve their 7-2 victory
Blackheath 2 Westcombe Park 7
After a useful and intensive one hour warm up (which included a full pitch litter sweep!) the Wolves were raring to go as the home side kicked off in overcast conditions. Immediately Eiljah and Jack (Piller) set the tone for the day making almost identical 20 yard gains by beating the first man and finding space and drawing across a panicked Blackheath defence which enabled Alfie to power home strongly from the 22 at top speed. In the blink of an eye some slick passing fed Will on the left wing and he looked home and hosed until some late Blackheath cover appeared from nowhere and forced him into touch with a perfectly executed tackle only a yard shy of the line. Blackheath then tried to get a foothold in the game but Coombe were simply faster and stronger not only in rucks and scrums but also in the breakdown and a panicked Blackheath kick from under their own posts line fell to a grateful Jamie at fullback on halfway and he arrowed across to the right corner feeding a full throttle Hayden who ran his first try home from 10 metres out. Coombe were playing attacking rugby that was great to watch with passes fired across the backline from one flank to the other and with runners taking the ball on the go.
The game then briefly became the Jack Piller show as he took it upon himself to launch solo attacks from his position at inside centre and the next two tries showcased his speedy footwork as he sidestepped and span through the middle of a bemused home defence from halfway and from closer in with both tries resulting from passes received at pace from the halfbacks. Not to be outdone Hayden sniffed out one of his trademark interceptions on the 22 sprinting home effortlessly to seal an improbable but highly deserved 5-0 half time lead. This was excellent front foot rugby from Coombe and there was a real feeling of intensity and togetherness as the boys took a well earner breather.
As the second half started the weather began to turn and although the predicted lightning and thunder failed to materialise the wind and rain picked up making the conditions trickier for both sides. Blackheath started the half aggressively but Coombe continued to hunt in twos and threes with pressing high up the pitch from combinations of Tommy Hill, Christopher, Adem and Will in particular keeping the hosts on the back-foot. From this platform Wolves launched a quick counter from turnover ball and Jamie eased in from close range to scored his second on the right bye-line. Blackheath then came back into the game after a series of penalties as a result of offside decisions against Coombe and one of their big lads managed to get a try despite some good defence from Westcombe. Matthew then launched a pinpoint punt down the left to an accelerating Hayden and he initially seemed to have gathered the ball before it dropped just out of his grasp – so nearly a great score. It wasn’t long until Hayden himself made amends running in at ease down the left to seal his hat-trick. The game ended with another string of penalties for Blackheath and despite a couple of monster tackles from a fired up Adem, the home side managed to smuggle the ball over the line for a consolation try.
This was great stuff from the Wolves and shows what good teamwork and a will to win can help achieve. Pressing in twos or threes set up a solid platform here, the opponents were second best in the scrums and rucks and the passing and line speed was pretty much spot on in telling conditions.
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