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Sat 14
1st XV
D Lespierre (4), A Esiri (3), P Johnson, D Pohlen, R Bennett, L Headland
M Harrison (5)
Westcombe Park RFC 65-5 Dartfordians RFC

Westcombe Park RFC 65-5 Dartfordians RFC

By John Vallely
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Pace and power wins

The Goddington Dene side made full use of the hard pitch and warm weather to run in 11 tries against local rivals Dartfordians. Both wingers had a field day with Dom Lespierre striking four times with his left wing compadre Aaron Esiri crossing the line three times.

If last week's game against KCS Old Boys was a master class in defence the home supporters saw not only a repeat but the added bonus of some sparkling back play. Standoff Matt Harrison pulled the strings all game long helped by a dominant Combe scrum led by Dave Pohlen captaining the side and the speedy service of scrum half Lewis Headland. Combe had achieved the bonus point try before 30 minutes with Lespierre getting his hat-trick and Esiri his first. All tries based on the simple premise of securing clean front foot ball and slick passing to use the available pace on the wings.

There were only a couple of blots on an otherwise perfect half with Combe going down to 14 men for some over robust contact and leaking a try when a pass skittered along the ground for Darts Joe Gills to pick up and run in from his own half.

Half time Westcombe Park RFC 26-5 Dartfordians RFC

Combe's first try of the second half was a cracker. The home side were under a wee bit of pressure in their own 22 but a scrum gave the opportunity to clear their lines. But standoff Harrison had bigger ambitions, spotted a gap, made the break and fed Esiri who ran in his second. A couple of minutes later with 8 minutes of the half gone Harrison repeated the dose this time feeding number 8 Piers (PJ) Jonson to score his debut try for Combe. Captain Pohlen was next to score with a trademark powerful charge from shortish range after a build up of Combe pressure and Esiri completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes powering through a gap.

Combe weren't finished and Harrison showed another element of his repertoire as he dinked the ball through the Darts defence for replacement Renford Bennett to run in. Scrum half Headland was next on the scoresheet when centre Sam Atiola powered through a lightly defended ruck to feed the 9 for another debut score. And it was naturally that man Lespierre to complete the scoring wide of right holding off a dogged attempt to halt him from at least 20 metres out.

A tough day for the visitors with winger Gills standing out among the backs and an immense effort throughout the game from no 8 Golding tidying up a huge amount of scrappy ball at the base of a retreating scrum. For Combe there were many pluses but the cannonball running of hooker John Kopra is well worth a mention as were the driving runs of man of the match Dave Pohlen.

Combe top the league after 2 games on points difference and next week have the tough journey to South West London to face London Cornish. Let's hope for a big travelling support.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 14, Sep 2019




London 1 South

League position

Westcombe Park
David Pohlen

Player of the match

David Pohlen