On a crisp sunny day the game kicked off on an ice topped pitch
Westcombe Whites 2-6 Old Whitgiftians (OW) 6 On a crisp sunny day the game kicked off on an ice topped pitch that passed the late inspection. The game started well with some good battling in midfield until one of OWs’ big lads side stepped around and through some weak defending from the 22 at half pace. Coombe then came back into the game strongly with gains made from individual runs from Adem and Ryan and just holding things in defence with Ollie, Tom C and William all making last ditch cover tackles. In the move of the day Jack Pep then received the ball after a couple of good phases before feinting expertly and feeding Ollie in the blink of an eye and the latter powered home for an equalising score. Although Adem made some fully committed tackles in the middle the home side were powerless to stop a further 3 tries from the away side (1 from an interception) all from the same big lad who seemed difficult to stop once he built up a head of steam. In the second half the game fizzled out somewhat with the away side scoring 2 more tries and Ollie scoring a consolation (his second) again from the right.
This was an enjoyable and open game and although the winning margin flattered the away side a little there was a fair bit of missed tackling by Coombe on the star man from OWs. Westcombe Blue 3-2 Whitgiftians (OW)
Game 2 followed straight after and opened well for the home side with Hayden running on to a quick angled pass from Christopher to score on the right from 30 yards. Coombe then looked to be easing to victory as Henry then ran in from a similar distance after some good progress from rucks and forward momentum. The game then became very scrappy with an overworked Stu (who also refereed the first game!) blowing the whistle more than he’d have liked. Eventually Coombe went 3-0 up as Henry scored his second running in from the 22 although the away side soon got back into the game following a good individual try after nimble footwork and running from 40 yards out. Surprisingly OWs then got to within a score as one of their players sauntered through a weak home defence.
Coombe could and should have been further ahead but all too often there were overlaps with the ball carrier running blindly into contact. In the last 2 minutes of play Coombe finally woke up and started moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and this not only moved them up the pitch quickly but it also kept the away side at bay and sealed the victory.
Coombe made hard work of this win despite having the lions share of possession and Tom C particularly had a good game - he seemed to be all over the pitch!
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.