Sevenoaks kicked off this match on a fine autumnal day and the opening kick bounced in between a couple of Wolves players and although Christopher pounced and presented the loose ball a couple of switched on Sevenoaks players immediately rucked over before any home players could react and the ball was flung out to the right winger who eased home within 30 seconds. Wolves looked dazed and Sevenoaks were running the show and only some last ditch tackling from first Jamie and then Christopher prevented further scores from a dangerous Sevenoaks side. The away side were winning the upfront battle in rucks and the majority of scrums and their pack looked not only bigger but quicker and more aggressive. It wasn’t long before Sevenoaks had broken through the Wolves back line yet again and their winger looked to be in for a certain score on the left wing when Ralph steamed in from nowhere to tackle man and ball with the attacker knocking on which brought cheers from the touchline. This roused Wolves into making a couple of well executed counter attacks although the last pass seemed to always go tantalisingly astray and Sevenoaks were managing to hold the home side at arms-length. Sevenoaks then scored the second of the day which was probably fair enough given their first half superiority creating an overlap after slick passing from a back line that were well synced again down the right. Tom C then showed a bit of the bulldog spirit squaring up to his opposite number which seemed to sum up the fight shown by a tenacious although slightly under par Wolves and the question was whether they could keep Sevenoaks within range in the second half.
Unfortunately the answer was a resounding no as Sevenoaks blew away a meek Wolves after the restart. Although a fired up Henry B added some bulldozering runs and trademark big hits the tackling on the whole was isolated or, at times, non-existent - not helped when 3 of the home side’s stronger tacklers from the first half were subbed off together (Ralf, Christopher and Toby). Wolves were simply standing off Sevenoaks and at least 2 of the scores were preventable as Sevenoaks scored tries from deep; one example being when their star men ran through the middle unopposed from his own 22. Soon Sevenoaks were 5-0 up and score number 6 was their best of the day as their playmaker nonchalantly lofted a chip over a scrambling Wolves defence even though there was an easy overlap and the winger ran onto it to score with ease. After score number 7 Wolves got a consolation from nowhere as Ralph powered home from half way showing speed and determination as he muscled in for a great try after some half tackles failed to stop him getting his second well deserved cheer from the sidelines.
This was a mixed performance from Wolves White and although they played well in patches and Sevenoaks were clearly a talented, well-oiled machine the basics that worked so well against Blackheath of rucking, support play, pressing and tackling in numbers was missing somewhat today. Hopefully there will be lessons learned in defeat though and the team can get back to the basics and well done to all the boys for a playing their part in some good entertainment. Finally it would be remise of me not to give a shout out to the ref Tim P for a great performance (my mum even commented that she was very impressed with how well he kept up with play!).
Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Rugby Netball
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.