Cobham Rugby

Match Report Brighton 39-Cobham 37

Character, commitment, confidence and courage displayed in a pulsating match between Cobham and league leaders

Although there were seven league places separating the teams their last three encounters have delivered results that defy those league positions -Sept 2018 Cobham 24-Brighton 28, January 2018 Brighton 26- Cobham 30, and Sept 2017 Cobham 36-Brighton 36 Therefore when Brighton raced into a 29-6 lead after 20 minutes it didn't look like they were reading the script for these games. As the final result shows the script was indeed eventually followed delivering a dramatic and exciting performance from both teams.

Although Brighton had lost the previous week to a resurgent Havant their opening salvo was spearheaded by veteran prop Trevis who was playing his 230th match and scored his 92nd try virtually from the kick off  5-0.Penalties were then traded by Farrelly and Brighton's O' Hagan 8-3.

Cobham put together some probing attacks with Captain Olly Fox creating some great lines but it was Brighton's number 6 Oscar Waite who scored next ensuring possession from a line out wasn't wasted.  O'Hagan converted 15-3. Brighton then repeated the move to enable Hoare to extend the lead 20-3 converted to 22-3 and although Farrelly recovered a penalty soon after, 22-6 the next try came from some deft footwork from Brighton winger Fogerty and with O'Hagan again converting Brighton had created what looked to be a comfortable 29-6 lead.

Cobham could have easily folded at this point but showing great character and increasing confidence throughout the team they launched a come back before the break when stand off Tom Farrelly took a quick tap penalty and cross kicked for winger Oli Kitto to collect and score Farrelly converting to reduce the gap 29-13 

Cobham still had a mountain to climb if they were to secure a result and the intensity of the rugby in the first ten minutes of the second half suggested that is what they intended to do. Ben Joyce was creating pressure in the scrum and Brighton lost second row White for collapsing the maul  When Cobham moved the ball wide the evasive running of the wingers Sanders and Kitto caused mayhem but it was combination of full back Holmes and Centre Macdonald who crossed the line to make it 29-18 converted to 29-20.

Against the run of play Brighton added to their lead 36-20 but once again displaying courage and commitment in a moved started by Ben Joyce running down the line and finished by winger Will Sanders Cobham responded once again 36-25.

When Kitto was denied the ball by a deliberate knock on, that saw Brighton fly half O'Hagan yellow carded, Cobham had the numerical advantage and  they utilised it to full advantage when scrum half Tiernan White dummied to score 36-30  "Game On'' was the comment from the Brighton match commentator and as if to prove that Cobham now took the lead as Farrelly cross kicked for Kitto to collect and touch down Farrelly kicked the conversion to make the score 36-37 with twelve minutes to play. 

Brighton had not had any significant possession or territorial advantage in the second half but when they did reach the Cobham half they secured an all important penalty and O'Hagan slotted it over 39-37. With no time for Cobham to respond the script had been played out.

Director of Rugby Steve Pope said  ''Well that was some second half performance, Credit to both sides with some lovely rugby played. In the first half The Blues looked ever inch top of the table team, We were second best in every area. 

Boys did well too 're focus at half time, addressed a number of areas that we discussed that just weren't good enough in the first half and the score line tells the story. 
Very frustrating to lose right at the death it a very harsh penalty call. I sure the Brighton boys are more than aware of the two very narrow margins from both of our fixtures this season. They are a good bunch and we wish them well for the remaining games this season, 
I can assure the Brighton support that we will be doing our best to take as many scalps as we can from the second half of the the season. 

Having said that its the second week on the spin boys have delivered much improved performances. With next week against Sevenoaks looking  like it will be another tough one. 
I would like to say a huge well done to both the 1s and 2  today great effort and hard work from everyone who trained and played this week 
let's keep that effort up to get to training and games. Really well done 

1 Ryan Aujla 

2 Theo Buffini

3 Ben Joyce 

4 Sam Matcham 

5 Ben Latimer 

6 Tom Davison 

7 Olly Fox (C)

8 Jake McQuade 

9 Tiernan White 

10 Tom Farrelly 

11 Will Sanders 

12 George Tunnaclifffe 

13 James MacDonald 

14 Ollie Kitto 

15 Jonny Holmes 


16 Chris Lippiatt 

17 Ben Yorke ( Debut) 

18 Ollie Rockett

Tries :Kitto (2), MacDonald,Sanders,White,

Conversions;Farrelly (3)

Penalties :Farrelly (2)