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Cobham 28 Havant 17

Report: Saturday December 13th 2014, London South 1

Cobham showed off an impressive bonus point victory in front of a packed home crowd, defeating Havant 28-17.

It took just 25 seconds for Havant to score; capitalising on a knocked on catch from the kick off. Cobham couldn’t realign quick enough, and a missed tackle left an easy run in for the visitors. The conversion successful, Cobham couldn’t have made a worse start. 0-7 to Cobham.

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It was a stark wake up call. Having won two in a row, Cobham didn’t want to let momentum slide, especially in front of the home supporters. Havant pressured Cobham, but couldn’t get through the defensive wall. It wasn’t until the 18th minute that Cobham got on the score sheet, with a penalty from the boot of Dave Flower. A threatening attack left Havant’s only option to slow the ball down illegally by not rolling away. 3-7 to Cobham. 

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This spurred on the players, and was displayed by the exciting running rugby. Havant had to tackle for their lives as Cobham turned up a gear. A great lineout move in Havant’s 22, called by captain Joe Goddard, was to give Cobham the platform to score. The pack held the ball in Havant’s 5m for various phases, and it was eventually try time with an acrobatic dive finish into the corner from hooker Rory Lorimer. Conversion missed. 8-7 Cobham.  CRFC_131214b

The ball was kept between the teams 22’s for the next 10 minutes. Both teams shared prospering attacks and it was on a Havant counter that Cobham scored from. Havant took a quick tap penalty, but a Cobham tackle in the mid-field left the ball to be turned over. The quick tempo of play to get it to the right side of the pitch, left acres of space for Dave Flower to execute a perfect cross field kick, bouncing up into the bread basket of winger James Macdonald, allowing for  a great score just before half time. Conversion missed. 13-7 half time.

The second half started as badly as the first half for Cobham. A turned over ruck in Cobhams 5m left Havant with another defenceless score under the posts. The conversion was straight through, and Cobham were now back under pressure, losing 13-14.

Yet again, this error just added fuel to Cobham’s fire, and they were straight back in the oppositions half. A potential attack was thwarted by an off the ball Havant tackle on No.8 Alex Stout. Havant’s player took him above the horizontal, and was rightly shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. Cobham kicked for touch, and with a player down, Havant couldn’t control the force of the driving maul. Rory Lorimer touched down again. The conversion hit the post and missed making it 18-14 to Cobham.

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From the ensuing restart, Havant piled on the pressure and were awarded a penalty just inside the Cobham 22. Cobham were off their feet at the ruck, and Havant were given another 3 easy points to get themselves back into the game. 18-17 to Cobham.

Minutes later, Cobham were also awarded a penalty for an offence in the scrum. Calmly slotted over by Cobham’s fly half, Cobham were up 21 points to 17.

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The next 18 minutes were a bit stop/start, with various penalties and scrums being called by the referee. Havant were penalised for taking the man without the ball, then marched a further 10m for dissent, resulting in another opportunity for Cobham to use their damaging lineout. This they did, with another superb lineout move, and flanker Dave Baker driving over for the bonus point score. The conversion was successful, and a fitting end to a very enjoyable game.  28-17.

Cobham’s final game before Xmas is away to promotion contenders Sutton & Epsom

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1.Ben Joyce

2.Rory Lorimer

3.Dan Walsh

4.Joe Goddard

5.Joe McVey

6.Doug Rodman

7.David Baker

8.Alex Stout

9.Harry Mobbs

10.David Flower

11.Luc Jones

12.Arran Cowell

13.Pierre Soucasse

14.James Macdonald

15.Charlie Hampton

 

16.Richard Phillip

17.George Taylor

18.Richard Trepant

 

Tries Lorimer (2) MacDonald, Baker

Conversion Flower

Penalties Flower (2)