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Harlequins Landrover Cup - 27th October 2013

A new festival venue and several new opponents beckoned on a windswept day at Pulborough RFC. The rain threatened all day and fortunately only arrived in short bursts, however the wind prevailed....and the spinnaker (aka the team tent) was finally collapsed after threatened to take-off several times!

First up was Chichester and we started uphill and upwind. Not to be deterred, the boys maintained possession and played ‘up your jumper’ rugby to negate the wind affected aerial game. Coach Geoff was a happy chappy. A strong backline move saw the ball quickly move through the players and Coxie scored a super team try much to the delight of Coach Spence...at least both were now happy!

The team grew in confidence in the second half and another good backline move got Coxie his second try of the match. The result was secured after Bryn scored a great team try which started with a really good heel against the head.

Chichester 0 – Cobham 15 (no conversions)

A long wait for the next match against Hove due to a no-show by one of the teams in our pool. We started downhill and downwind and were almost immediately on the back foot and desperately defending our try-line. Several strong scrums later and a decent clearance saw the game played almost entirely in the Hove half of the field. We dominated both possession and territory but a good try by Hove left the team with much to contemplate at the half time break.

We need to at least draw the match to ensure a Cup semi and James scored a great break-away try. Several nervy minutes of defence later, the final whistle blew and the team were through to a Cup Semi.

Hove 5 – Cobham 5 (no conversions) and Cobham go through having scored the most tries in the pool.

Cup semi opponents were Blackheath who had enjoyed an unbeaten run in their pool. The wind made catching near impossible and wet ball resulted in both teams spilling passes that they would normally take with their eyes shut. The scrum started to dominate, Max broke blindside and fed Tim for the first score of the match.

By the second half the team had adjusted to the deteriorating conditions and showed some super skills both on defence and attack to maintain the lead going into the last 30 seconds of the match.....a last ditch turnover by Blackheath and the match finished 5 all.

Blackheath 5 – Cobham 5 (no conversions)

A quick review of the festival rules meant that as Blackheath has scored the last try in a drawn match, they went through to the Cup Final leaving the team a little frustrated that their festival was over despite being unbeaten. However, they can be really proud of their efforts against some strong teams and especially in appalling conditions. Well done all.

 

Manager:
Karen Bradley
Tel: 07813 604482

Head Coach:
Nick Moss
Tel: 07810 813999