Kent Waterfall Round 3 at Medway RFC by Tom Barrett
By Rebecca Cahill
Westcombe gets off to a decent
Dover 2 Westcombe Park Whites 3
After a delay due to an injury from the preceding game Coombe got off to a decent start passing the ball from side to side well and gaining territory. Henry B then made a good bustling 20 yard run down the left and warded off a couple of tackles with a handoff or two before getting bundled off the pitch near the 22. The game then became scrappy momentarily before Wolves came back into it again and Matthew looped a ball over to Ollie 15 yards out and he ran it home well on the left. Hayden made it 2-0 shortly after bursting through on the right, from another Matthew pass, and Wolves seemed to be in control. Dover then had a couple of attacks thwarted and a blindside run from one of their backs was stopped by a decent tackle from Christopher that left the Dover player down and winded for a couple of minutes before returning to the fray! This was a good half of rugby from Coombe and if they were a little more clinical they could have been a couple more tries to the good (they had at least two other overlaps).
The second half started in complete reverse as Dover were the ones on the front foot and they got a deserved score after a prolonged wave of attacks with a try ran home well from 10 yards with the scorer carrying a couple of last ditch tackles. Soon after they equalised running through the centre of a powderpuff Coombe defence at no more than half pace. Coombe then woke up and rescued the game when Tom C received a pass on the line on the left where there was another huge overlap. Wolves made hard work of this game and some ill-discipline nearly cost them the win after giving away a string of penalties. Jamie was off injured.
Gravesend 6 Westcombe Park Whites 0
The final game of the season started straight after and it wasn’t long before Gravesend (who were well rested) nicked it on the Coombe 22 after a spell of possession from a Wolves side going side to side but not gaining territory. It was soon two with a carbon copy pieced of sniffing out in midfield and another good finish. Tries were flooding in from a clinical Gravesend team who were strong at counter rucking and running through the centre of a weak Wolves defence at will. After three more scores Gravesend’s sixth try soon followed in the second half after a good kick and lucky bounce down the right and Wolves through the towel in. Gravesend were a well oiled machine, quicker, more aggressive in rucks with their backs better positioned with everybody knowing their job and although Coombe were understandably tired they also were a little in-disciplined with more penalties given away and a couple of flailing arms. An honourable shout out to Henry A who had another good game despite being hampered with a leg injury.
Thanks for a great season to all the players and coaches. Up the Wolves!
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Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.