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London Division 3 South West
Cobham 84 KCS Old Boys 0
22 September 2007

Twelve try victory keeps Cobham at the top of the league

Cobham completed an excellent win against visitors KCS Old Boys, scoring over eighty points through twelve tries. This was their third consecutive victory in London Three South West and Cobham have already scored one hundred and seventy nine points, an average of fifty-nine points per match.

Cobham v KCS

The forwards were very strong in the match showing both their speed and fitness, scoring eight of the tries, skipper Billy Davison scoring two and brother Jack scoring another two. In the three-quarters half backs J P O'Reilly and David MacCallum played well, scoring two tries each and outside half MacCallum was was also highly successful with nine of the tries converted and two penalties. One of the major appearances in the game was that of Gavin Hart who played solidly all last season as a major contributor in Cobham's successful season and after his return from playing a season in New Zealand, scored an impressive try in this match just after coming on the pitch. Cobham attacked well throughout the match and KCS also played some good rugby, but found Cobham in a strong defensive mode and the visitors were unable to score a single point despite some well executed moves.

Cobham v KCS

Cobham were into their stride at the start of the match, David MacCallum scoring two penalties in the opening moments as the Cobham attack kicked off at pace, putting significant pressure on the opposition defence. In the next attack, a chip through into the KCS 22 was made by David MacCallum and the fly half then followed up at pace to score the the opening try, also making the conversion.

Cobham v KCS

KCS responded in attack but were unable to score, Cobham defending very strongly and then counter-attacking at pace. From a scrum in the KCS 22, Matt Hahn made a strong drive forward and was able to get an inside pass to J P O'Reilly who sprinted in for the second try. Cobham were now unstoppable, wing forward Simon Mills impressively scoring from a line out in the KCS 22 that Cobham had won from a penalty to extend the lead. Cobham continued to attack deep in the KCS half, and with Matt Hahn and Billy Davison so strong as lineout jumpers, Cobham were guaranteed possession at their every throw in. Just before half time Jack Davison scored from a lineout close to the KCS line and winger Laurence Bendall then scored Cobham's fifth try, finishing off the move involving most of the side to take the Cobham lead to 37 points.

At the start of the second half Cobham moved right down to the KCS line in a good team move and a solid well organised drive over the KCS line by the pack resulted in a try for hooker Mark Bennett. There were a number of team changes, Martin Green and Will Sealing coming on as replacements and after Gavin Hart appeared for the first time this season he latched on to a pass from the pacey Jack Davison and scored an excellent try, David MacCallum converting. Having scored over fifty points Cobham were now totally in control with the forwards making significant surges and the three-quarters demonstrating good speed and skill.

Cobham v KCS

Cobham made good ground at every opportunity and after winger Martin Green had sprinted at pace creating space in midfield, his chip ahead was followed up with vigour by J P O'Reilly and the scrum half scored his second try. Cobham were penalised for a high tackle but defended well against a good attack by KCS and then the home side responded well with another attack. Laurence Bendall ran down the wing at good pace, was well supported by Tim Green to carry on the advance, and skipper Billy Davison finished off the move diving over the line for his first try. He then scored a second try moments later following a surge in midfield from Gavin Hart to take the score over seventy. In the final minutes Cobham continued to attack and to give them credit KCS were still totally committed to defend at pace but could not prevent any further scores, Jack Davison scoring his second try and David MacCallum scoring another try finishing off a solid run in midfield from Tristan Lee.

The 84 point victory ensured that Cobham continue as top of the league but their opponents now become a bit tougher, starting with a fixture next week against London Cornish who were also promoted to this league at the end of last season. However given the way that Cobham have played this season the high level of performance is likely to be continued.

Cobham: N Sutton, J Campier (M Green), S Burton, T Green, L Bendall; D MacCallum, J P O'Reilly; T Lee, M Bennett, A Darroch-Warren (W Mealing), B Davison, M Hahn, S Mills, J Green (G Hart), J Davison

Report by Tony Maddocks