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1sts maintain 2007 League winning run

Emphatic victory over London Irish ...

London Division 3 South West
Cobham 46 London Irish Wild Geese 0
15 December 2007

Cobham overpower opposition to remain undefeated in League games throughout 2007

Cobham extended their unbeaten league record to 29 games on Saturday, with a resounding 46-0 victory over London Irish Amateurs at Fairmile Lane, in a match which the visitors kindly agreed would act as a 'double header' - combining the scheduled league fixture with the 1st round Surrey Cup game.

Expectations for the game were high: the encounter between the two sides over at Sunbury last month was a tense and close run affair, with Cobham scoring late in the game to seal the win. Furthermore, throughout October and November, Cobham's injury list has outnumbered the list of players available for selection; so it was encouraging to see a stronger side available at last

The match itself however left much to be desired. As a spectacle, the game was marred by a series of quite unpleasant incidents, which the referee dealt with well, resulting in two yellow cards for London Irish, one in each half, and culminating in the sending off of an Irish Forward 10 minutes into the second half for a stamp on Cobham prop Darroch-Warren; who was forced to leave the field for treatment as a consequence.

If the London Irish game plan had been to unsettle Cobham's rhythm through their over-aggressive approach, then it failed dismally. The Cobham players refused to be dragged into a scrap, preferring their response to be made via the score board. 2 tries each from flanker Davison and hooker Bennett, and further tries from scrum half O'Reilly, centre Nick Jones and full back Sutton, coupled with four well taken conversations and a penalty from centre Tim Green, making up the final scoreline. Sadly for Cobham, Scrum half O'Reilly injured his thigh muscle in scoring and must now be doubtful for the January fixtures.

For Cobham, 19 year old second row Jamie Durward was outstanding throughout, and Tim Green in the centre made a fine contribution, including one superb break to set up the try for Nick Sutton. The whole side performed well in difficult circumstances, with all players making significant contributions but special mentions are due also to winger Ritchie Blackmore, who always looked dangerous with the ball, and the whole back row of Jack Davison, Ben Creed and Regan Haynes, who were excellent in all elements of the game.

Cobham's next game is away against 2nd placed Purley John Fisher; before back to back games against Winchester. If they can maintain the standard of this performance there is no reason why this unbeaten run should not continue for some while yet.

Report by Cobham RFC