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Cobham 10 Twickenham 20

Report: Saturday April 18th 2015, London South 1

The final eighty minutes of Cobham's rugby season was played out in warm but windy conditions, in front of the largest crowd seen at the Memorial Grounds for a league match this year.
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 That season had started at Twickenham on 6th September 2014 with an emphatic defeat for Cobham and they were looking to reverse that result and avoid relegation from London South 1.
 The previous week both teams had secured excellent results in their respective matches against higher placed league teams and Twickenham knew that only a win would secure their position for next season. The game was to be played for long periods with just 14 players a- side as the intensity of the game generated a number of yellow card offences.
 The players ran out onto the pitch to a guard of honour from the Cobham Minis, who also acted as ball boys for the game. Director of Rugby Mike Cudmore had made thirteen positional and player changes from the team that played in that first match and he was continuing to blood Cobham Youth, with Under 18 players Matt Cornish and Christian Disley-May filling the key positions of hooker and scrum half.
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 From the start both teams put in big tackles as they sort to avoid that first score but it was Twickenham who secured it after just 8 minutes when they benefited from an overlap for their number 8 Steve Maconville to go over. Cobham 0-Twickenham 5. The swirling wind ensured the conversion was missed.
 Cornish has grown in statue since coming in to fill the hooker vacancy and he drives forward at every opportunity as was seen as the home team responded to this set back. After Watkinson had missed a penalty Cobham's landmark rolling maul looked even more aggressive and they had their best opportunities of the first half as Twickenham desparately held them back from crossing the line losing their number 6 Andy Keane to a yellow card for an infringement.
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 When Cobham were penalised and lost possession it proved a turning point of the first half and despite some terrific scrummaging the numerical advantage was cancelled out on 27 minutes when winger Charlie Rooke was given his marchning orders for being a little too 'up close and personal' to the Ref.
 Twickenham gained their second score soon after as Maconville scored his brace of tries from ball gained at a line out. Cobham 0- Twickenham 10 and that quickly became Cobham 0- Twickenham 17 as number 14 Dom Brown intercepted a pass and ran 30 metres to touch down Joe Ash converted.

  •  Half time

 The enthusiastic home crowd who had come down in large numbers to support Cobham made their presence felt as the all important final 40 minutes of play kicked off. Although both sides were back to full sides that didnt last very long when Twickenham tight head Jordan was yellow carded and Cobham took advantage after 55 minutes when back row Dave Baker went over. Cobham 5 - Twickenham 17.
 Cobham's 'Gallic' contingent Jean Louis Gravier and Pierre Soucasse were showing their flair, in both attack and defence and Twickenham lost some momentum as the crowd willed Cobham on.
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 In September Jean Louis had been injured playing Twickenham and history was to repeat itself as after 60 minutes he was forced to withdraw this time with a painful rib injury. Harry Mobbs coming on.
 After the injury break Twickenham pushed back into Cobham territory and a penalty, which saw Dave Baker yellow carded, extended the score Cobham 5- Twickenham 20.
 Cobham knew that time was running out but never game up the dream and their efforts were rewarded when second rown Joe McVey went over. Cobham 10- Twickenham 20 and the pressure continued on Twickenham right up until the final whistle.
 Cobham were left to ponder how they might have secured the few extra points that would have kept them in London South 1 for next Season but there was no doubt from the players who attended the end of Season awards dinner that followed that Cobham will be back in the league very soon indeed.
 1.Dan Walsh
 2.Matt Cornish
 3.Luke Charlton
 4.Joe Goddard
 5.Joe McVey
 6.Richard Trepant
 7.Dave Baker
 8.Alex Stout
 9.Christian Disley -May
 10.Sam Watkinson
 11.Max Macdonald
 12.Arran Cowell
 13.Pierre Soucasse
 14.Charlie Rooke
 15.Jean-Louis Soucasse
 Ben Joyce
 Josh Brown
 Harry Mobbs
 Tries:- Baker, McVey


  • Action Photos @ Rhodri Williams