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Cobham 26 Charlton Park 12

Report: Saturday November 22nd 2014, London South 1

Cobham RFC celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the change of name from Old Surbitonians at a lunch held at the Memorial Grounds club house. CRFC Captains Nov 2014

In attendance were the the majority of the First XV Captains who had led Cobham during that time, together with a number of ex-players, many of whom were seeing Cobham play for the first time this Season. They were not to be disappointed with what they saw.
 
Propping up the table of London South 1 is not a position new Director of Rugby Mike Cudmore or Cobham relish and they have no intention of staying there a moment longer than they should.

With enforced changes in the backline as a consequence of injury Cobham took the opportunity to blood centre Pierre Soucasse for his first senior XV game, which Cobham controlled other than in the last quarter and never looked like losing.
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Charlton Park have won the majority of their games from behind so it wasnt wholly a surprise that Cobham took the lead after 15 minutes with a Watkinson penalty ( 3-0 ) which followed strong scrums, line outs and rolling mauls. Park's cause wasnt helped either when their back row Luke Boyns limped off in this period. However it was Cobham's first try after 20 minutes which truly delighted the home supporters as excellent passing and offloads put hooker Lorimer into the corner (8-0) promptly converted from far out by Watkinson (10-0).
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It took Charlton Park 25 minutes to enter Cobham's half for any sustained period of time and their backline looked menacing, ball in hand and it took some strong defence from Cobham, in particular new cap Soucasse and 'old' cap Cowell to ensure Park did not break the line. 
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With Cobham taking the ball back into Park's half a well taken drop goal from Watkinson extended the lead (13-0) however a further excursion into Cobham territory led to a well executed Park try in the corner by full back Tom Coad (13-5) before half -time

Cudmore was in the fortunate postion of being able to rotate his two available scrum halves, Harry Mobbs and George Taylor with great effect during the game and Taylor got his chance as the second half commenced but it was Charlton Park who started the second half stronger and they could have reduced the deficit if a penalty had been converted. Whereas in previous games this season Cobham's defence has been breached on a frequent basis this was not proving to be the case on this occassion with big tackles being seen from the Cobham back row and the frustration for Charlton being apparant from Boyns' encouragement from the sidelines. 
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Cobham were playing their best game of the season and this was reflected in two backline scores. First Max Macdonald in the corner (18-5) swiftly followed a try from a former Captain, Arron Cowell (23-5), Watkinson hitting the post for the second conversion attempt but then cementing the lead with a penalty ( 26-5). It was only in the last quarter that Charlton Park showed any dominance and a quickly taken tap penalty by Captain Terry Reed led to a Park try under the posts for a converted final score (26-12).
 
Cudmore and coach O'Brien will have been satisfied that the progress Cobham have been showing in recent weeks and that this was now being reflected in a well taken victory but they know it is going to be a 'long way home'.

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1 Ben Joyce
2.Rory Lorimer
3 Luke Charlton
4.Joe Goddard
5.Joe McVey
6.Dave Baker
7.Doug Rodman
8.Alex Stout
9.Harry Mobbs
10.Sam Watkinson
11.Max MacDonald
12.Arron Cowell
13.Piere Soucasse
14.James Macdonald
15.Tom Gwynne

Subs:  Paul Mayer,  Dave Mills,  George Taylor

Cobham Scorers:
 Tries:- Lorimer, M MacDonald,Cowell
 Conversion:- Watkinson
 Penaties:- Watkinson (2)
 Drop Goal:- Watkinson