Sunday 23rd September 2018
WPRFC vs Tonbridge Judds
There’s a deluge of rain to greet us and a few grumblings about the weather.
However the park pitch is handling the rain very well.
It’s great that all 22 players selected will get a minimum of a half each. Whilst this rule only becomes ‘law’ next season your erstwhile correspondents opinion, for it is only an opinion, is that the RFU should have implemented this rule years ago and hopes all teams follow the rule in the spirit with which it is meant.
WP start uphill. Fair start, early exchanges & Scrum on half way from a WP knock on.
TJ kick, lucky bounce Max Sangs pursues to touch down in our area?
Ref awards TJ scrum 5 out, Reworked try in far corner 0-5.
Shock, WP concede first.....
TJs go through attempted tackles and into touch at our 22.
Good line out work with Callum going up, Max H kicks away and looks like a knock on and TJs scrum on halfway. They kick to touch.
Line out again good with Denz going high, good ball out to Harvey, who breaks the gainljne feeds Max Sanger onto Dessie who pops a pass to Harry Shotton on TJ’s 10m line, Shotts powers through a number of tackles and he’s pass the next gain line and powers into the corner and touches down under the posts. A marvellous try.
Max H converts. 7-5
Restart, Scrum TJ’s just in wp half, play is equal, good rugby from both sides allowing for the weather conditions, safe hands from WP pack, Max H kicks through and TJ’s are pinged for not releasing.
Good line out, Another pen against TJ.
Another good line out, forward momentum, WP making ground.
Scrum awarded to WP, Denz burst, feint pass to Hallett who passes to Harry Shotton and the afterburners are lit and bosh he goes over for a try in the corner. Conversion
Restart, Attritional play, TJ scrum on WP 10. Pick and go Mikey robust tackle which leads to TJ player knocking on.
Half time 12-5. And starters / finishers swap. Hopefully WP can push the downhill advantage home.
Forwards power towards their line. All the way down towards their posts,
Try scored by forwards, Rob D goes over the whitewash for a fine pack try. Conversion missed.
Restart again the forwards are putting the power down. TJ’s fight back, and turnover
Turn over long kick knock on by WP. Scrum TJ. Pen against wp holding on
TJ line out on their 10yard line
Our return is caught in wind half way line
Gaps, and pass out and quick finish down the far line and touched down under the posts
17-12, TJ’s are back in it.
Pen against TJ holding on
WP kick to line
Great Denz line out
Forward power, in at side to Mikey, recycle superb line run by Louis who goes over
Game restarts and we are down on their territory. TJ scrum 5 out
Ball out, their 9 dithers Maxi Hallett scoops the ball up and scores and converts much to their bewilderment. 29-12, daylight for WP.
Restart Scrum wp, Infringement, penalty to WP just inside WP halfway
Bit messy now, Hand slap, mid pass, from TJ only a scrum to WP. Scrum WP
A fine try for Harvey Arris. Conversion missed. 34-12
Restart . TJ ball on WP 22, Max H sacks Their 9, Max Sangs is in winning ball
Denz out wide to Sam whose tackled.
More power from the forwards. Scrum WP, On their 22 they kick back to Dessie makes ground ball ends up with Rob D, almost scores, another long kick back to Dessie great run and try
41-12 final whistle & hearty congratulations to a very good display and storming second half.
Hallet 3. from 5
Dan O: 0 from 2
Against WP: 3
Against TJ’s: 7
Harry Shotton was voted man of the match, congratulations Harry.