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Twickenham RFC 63 Cobham 13

Report: Saturday September 6th 2014, London South 1

Cobham came into this match having played three 'Friendlies'.  Unfortunately they were made to look as though they were playing a fourth, instead of the first match of the new season, by an opposition who looked sharper and more determined on the day. There was certainly nothing 'friendly' about the match judging from the injury count for Cobham and new Director of Rugby, Mike Cudmore endured a London South 1 baptism of fire as newly promoted Twickenham trounced Cobham 63-13 scoring nine tries to Cobham's two.

Twickenham RFC had made the opening game of the season a Macmillan Fund raising memorial day for their stalwart member Andy Rees, who had recently  passed away so both teams observed a minutes silence in time honoured fashion.

The first six minutes saw both teams probing each other to establish any weaknesses and Twickenham achieved the all important psychological first score from a penalty kicked by their new number 12 Dominic Brown. Having achieved that lead within minutes it had been extended by two tries, one converted as the Twickenham back line sliced through the Cobham defences. 15-0 after just ten minutes. 

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That woke Cobham up and for the next quarter of an hour they exerted the sort of pressure that had been expected of them from their pre- season games resulting in a excellent score by Max Macdonald in the corner (15-5). Tim Green followed this up with a well struck penalty (15-8) and the Cobham coaching team and spectators hoped that a resurgence had begun. It was  however a 'false dawn' as Twickenham broke through to score two converted tries, the final being the last play of the first half. ( 29-8)  Cobham having lost Sam Watkinson to injury and with Jean Louis Gravier being lead off with a nasty blood injury to the head, coupled with Richie Phillip sin binned in the last few minutes of the half it was looking to be a challenging second half.

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And so it proved as Twickenham kicked a penalty and ran in five more tries, taking advantage of Cobham frequently kicking away possession and losing ball at the breakdown.  The half started badly for Cobham as Twickenham number 8 Sam Knight ran in for an excellent try in the corner (34-8)and although Cobham responded by a well drilled and executed rolling maul that enabled Doug Rodman to cross the line ( 34-13) it was then all Twickenham as centre Dominic Brown added to his personal tally by kicking a penalty (37-13)  and  scoring and converting a further try (44-13)  Brown had been responsible for half of Twickenhams points at this stage.  Further converted tries from Knight and Clarke took the score to 58-13 and although Twickenham's exuberance saw them lose two players to the sin bin in the closing minutes Cobham were unable to take any advantage and it was left to Twickenham to achieve the final score and leave Cobham reeling, 63-13.

Mike Cudmore and First team coach Lorcan O'Brien will have been disappointed with this result having achieved good performances in the pre season games. 

There are not going to be any easy games in a very competitive league and Cobham face Sutton and Epsom at home next week and will look to secure a turnaround in their fortunes. 

1.  Luke Charlton
2   Ben Joyce
3.  Richard Philip
4.  Peter McCallum
5.  Guy Sears ( Captain)
6.  Joe Mcvey
7.  Doug Rodman
8.  Alex Stout
9.  Robbie Kennard
10.Dan Brown
11.Max Macdonald
12.Sam Watkinson
13.Tim Green
14.Jean Louis-Gravier
15. Matthew Farrelly
16. George Donoghue
17.Josh Brown
18.Tom Farrelly

Tries: MacDonald, Rodman
Pen : Green