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Sat 27th Sept 2013 – Cobham 3XV Vs. Rosslyn Park (Hatters)

Cobham 3XV Vs. Rosslyn Park (Hatters) First league match of the 2013/2014 season, played in Richmond Park. Score Rosslyn Park 27 Cobham 7

Sat 7th Sept – Cobham 3XV Vs. Rosslyn Park (Hatters)

Playing in Richmond Park amongst the Deer, their droppings, the sloping pitch and the windy conditions always makes for a unique playing experience. Cobham fielded a team made up of regular 3’s stalwarts as well as a couple of lads from the under 19’s in the first league game of the season. We were light in the 2nd row so the menacing man that is Andy Taylor, the team’s regular blind side flanker, stepped up and packed down as lock with Rob Taylor. Our reliable lock, James Peacock, suffered a non-rugby related injury in the west end on Thursday evening so was unavailable. I believe a Boris bike and large quantities beer were involved?

Park went up with a converted try to put them 7-0 up after 15 minutes of open rugby by both sides. Cobham had a couple of chances with penalties in front of the posts to claw back 3 points but with the windy conditions, they were both narrowly missed. Shortly there after, Cobham were defending deep in their 22, turned over the ball and kicked long down the pitch, keenly chased by Tom Royle and utility back Phil Hunt. This resulted in a try by Hunt who adopted the Ashton scoring style under the posts.

"From the sidelines it was an exciting game of Rugby" commented Kevin Langston, the teams regular full back who is nursing a hamstring injury. Cobham were strong in defense and played much of the 1st half in the oppositions 22 but were not able to convert. The Hatters had a superior pack and Cobham struggled to win any ball at the scrum. Cobham's line-out worked well with Gilroy catching in the first half but they were not able to execute their catch and drive in their normal fashion; mainly due to some cunning sacking by the opposition.

Cobham were playing uphill in the 2nd half and for the first 20 minutes remained in the game with only a try separating the two teams. In attack, under 19’s Myles looked dangerous, cutting the opposition up and presenting some certain try scoring chances but the final pass option was not available. Chris Dack was key in defense making big important tackles and keeping Cobham in the game. Andy Taylor had a cracking game with a top class display at the breakdown. James Carter also had an impressive outing on the wing and it was good to see the backs with the ball this week, which was nicely orchestrated by Ronnie Lo.  

Cobham, after 60 minutes, lacked the intensity they showed for much of the game and missed some soft tackles to let in 3 tries in the last quarter of the game. Although Blakemore came on to make a nice break and gave some more impetus to the team, it was too little too late. 

Well played to Rosslyn Park who were are a well organised team. Although Cobham lost it was a fine game of rugby and everyone fought till the end.

Next game is at home versus Barnes on October 5th.

Staring line up for the 1st League Game of the season:

  1. Chris Melton
  2. Ian Snead
  3. Arron Liston
  4. Rob Taylor
  5. Andy Taylor
  6. Rob Gilroy
  7. Nick Mays
  8. Chris Dack
  9. Jamie
  10. Ronnie Lo
  11. James Carter
  12. Dimitri Leontakianakis
  13. Phil Hunt
  14. Ton Royle
  15. Myles



    1. Harry Blackmore
    2. Ian Parker
    3. Kevin Langston
    Match Report - Ian Snead