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1sts unbeaten record continues

First half power defeats Tottonians...

London Division 3 South West
Cobham 31 Tottonians 16
6 October 2007

Superb first half performance seals Cobham victory

In what turned out to be their toughest game this season Cobham played very well against Tottonians, winning by four tries to two to maintain their postion as unbeaten at the top of the league.

Cobham v Tottonians

Tottonians proved to be a strong and well organised side but took time to settle and did not reach their peak until the second half when they proved to be very strong competition. Cobham established a winning position in the first half through strong play by the forwards, in both the loose play and the set pieces; after scoring two tries in the first half and also defending well to prevent the visitors from try scoring, Cobham established a 18-6 lead at half time. But Cobham found it much tougher in the second half as Tottonians responded strongly, the visitors being more successful with some of their play. The game was then far more even, as Tottonians had better posession and managed a few well constructed pacy moves. Both sides scored two tries each in the second half but Cobham scored more points through a David MacCallum penalty and Cobham finished just winners at the end of the match.

Cobham v Tottonians

The game started very smartly for Cobham, Steve Burton finishing off a move and sprinting in very close to the visitor's line. Tottonians were penalised during the Cobham move and fly half David MacCallum scored the penalty to take Cobham into a lead which they were not to lose throughout the match. The Cobham forward play was very good, winning the ball at the ruck and then taking play forward through the drives of the strong forwards. Matt Hahn won possession with a good leap at the lineout and from the surge forward by the pack, Cobham made good ground close to the Tottonians line and Ben Pickett then extracted possession individualy and drove over the line for Cobham's first try.

Tottonians then raised their game and got the backs moving at pace in the Cobham half, having achieved some good possion, putting Cobham under pressure. Cobham defended well, both Nick Sutton and Tim Green putting in some solid tackles to keep the visitors from scoring but eventually Cobham were penalised for a ruck offence and Tottonians full back Robbie Searle kicked a penalty goal from 40 metres to start the visitors scoring. Having restricted the visitors to a mere three ponts it was then Cobham's turn to attack. First Laurence Bendall had a good run on the wing and after another drive by Ben Pickett, Cobham had a scrum deep in the Tottonians 22; Cobham won possession and No8 Jack Davison picked up and forced his way over the line for Cobham's second try.

Cobham v Tottonians

Both sides scored from penalty awards just before half time, with Cobham leading 18-6 mainly from their two tries.

Cobham extended their lead at the start of the second half, David MacCallum being successful with another penalty goal to give Cobham a 21-6 lead. Cobham started to make a few changes and Ryan Haynes came on in his first top team match to replace James Green at wing forward; additionaly, Matt Maraki was injured and Paul Mayer came on to replace him. Tottonians made a good attack into the Cobham 22 and after setting up a ruck in the Cobham 22 the ball was moved quickly out to winger Joe Jarvis who sprinted in for Tottonians' first try. But Cobham responded well, firstly Nick Sutton having a sharp run to nearly score and then Will Mealin making good ground causing Tottonians to have to defend well. Martin Green playing at scrum half made a good break at the next scrum, and good support was obtained from Ryan Haynes who darted in for a try.

Cobham kept up the pressure and moments later extended their lead. Left wing Laurence Bendall made an excellent run at pace over 50 metres, beating all the Tottonian defenders, and he passed to fly half David MacCallum who finished off the move to score an excellent try. Tottonians were still competing strongly and created a lineout close to the Cobham line. The ball was was won effectively by the visitors, who moved the ball across the line but despite good defence by Cobham, the Tottonians centre Mike Seale dashed in for a try.

Tottonians finished quite strongly looking for more points but good defence by Cobham prevented any further scores and the home side ended up as impressive winners, mainly due to their exceptional performance in the first half.

Cobham: N Sutton, R Blackmore, S Burton, T Green, L Bendall ; D MacCallum, M Green; T Lee, M Maraki, W Mealin, B Pickett, M Hahn, S Mills, J Green, J Davison

Report by Tony Maddocks