Kent Waterfall Tournament by Tom Barrett
By Rebecca Cahill
Round 2 of the aptly named Waterfall was hosted by OEs on a wet, cold and blustery day.
Westcombe White 5 – OEs Oscar 0
The first game was evenly matched in the opening stages in difficult conditions as both teams tested each other out and handling errors broke up the game somewhat. OE’s then kicked the ball long to Jamie in the fullback position and after taking a comfortable catch on halfway he motored into space across the pitch and fed Ollie who outpaced the OE defence on the left touchline. Alphie then made a good burst through on the right but was stopped just sort of the line but the second score soon arrived with Ollie returning the favour to Jamie on the right. Hayden then added a third running well on to a pass down the left channel and a further score was added early in the second half after good rucking when Christopher moved quick ball out to Ralph who eased home on the right from 15 yards out. Hayden soon broke through again but the ball squirmed out of his hands just short of the line but he made up for this again on the left to take the match comfortably 5-0.
After a cagey opening 5 minutes Coombe eased past OEs in clinical fashion. A good platform was built by strong rucking and pressing all over the pitch.
Westcombe Whites 4 -1 Beckenham Steelers
After a ridiculously long wait in the cold the second and final match finally got underway and Coombe started well with Matthew carrying and then offloading to Haydon who finished well through the mid-left channel. Coombe were performing well and there was more strong counter rucking in evidence against a much bigger, stronger pack and although Beckenham pushed Coombe back Wolves stood their ground. Beckenham were well in the game at this stage and got themselves on the scoreboard when an overly confident Coombe tried to play some champagne rugby in their own 22 which was sniffed out by one of Beckenham’s speedy backs who intercepted and raced to the line. Beckenham’s sizeable number 8 was then sent from the field in a testosterone fuelled strop after he had a swipe or two at Henry who was a credit to himself in the way he kept his cool – well done! Coombe then clicked into gear as a typically bullish run from Adem broke through the lines and he fed Ralph who glided home on the left stepping smoothly around the defensive cover. Matthew then created a yard of space for himself running in well from 15 yards out again on the left and Jack Pillar got the score of the day diving over the line after a great move (again down the left!) after some typically fast hands from the Wolves backline shipped the ball right across the pitch – impressive particularly in the very testing conditions!
I think Stu’s summary really hits the nail on the head:
*They were vocal/their line speed was awesome – can’t recount a missed tackle.
When they needed to up it they did. There were a few fumbles they learned from it and stopped.
They kept to their defensive channels – the 2nd plus phase defensive line was excellent coupled with lightning speed they distributed and their vision was superb.
Support was brilliant, communication was perfect. Every single one should be happy with how they won. Heads held high. Go Wolves. *