Cobham Rugby

Match Report Chobham 29-Cobham 27

Battle of the H comes down to the last kick of the game

Cobham and Chobham have a long history of close fought encounters with last seasons matches reflecting a win for Cobham away 20-22 and Chobham responding with a win at the Memorial Grounds 17-19.

Both sides supporters were therefore expectant as the teams met for this local derby and as always there were not to be disappointed in a game where the lead changed six times and what feels like the inevitable two point differential between them was sustained.

Director of rugby Steve Pope had made six changes to the team from the previous week however eleven of the team had featured the last time the two teams had played.

It did not augur well for Cobham with the game hardly started for Chobham number 8  Ben Whale to storm down the touch line breaking tackles for the first score 5-0 but within minutes Cobham had responded when a well judged penalty kick to touch saw a line out success turn into a rolling maul for prop Ben Joyce to go over  5-5. Tom Farrelly wasn't able to convert from wide out. 

Chobham were stung by the ease with which Cobham had drawn level and their retained possession and territory to grind Cobham down until winger Josh Levitt broke down the touch line once again to take the points 10-5.

The next twenty minutes saw the ball move from end to end as both sides attempted to rest control of the game and there were some crunching tackles from both sides but Cobham were stronger in the scrums and it was from a turnover scrum penalty and resulting line out that back row Jake McQuade drove over 10-10 and Farrelly added the extras 10-12 

Chobham cheered on by their home supporters regained territory moved the ball down the line and winger Levitt scored his brace 15-12 but Cobham were not prepared to let the game slip away as the first half drew to a close and fly half Luke Flower provided winger Max Macdonald with an excellent flat pass into space to enable him to put down in the corner 15-17.

Cobham turned around looking to extend their led but instead the home side released Levitt once more to burst through the visitors defence and take the lead again 20-17 with the conversion adding two points 22-17.

Cobham secured three points from a penalty infringement 22-20 and looking sharper in the second half they came within inches of a crucial try as Macquade fed Mitchell only for him to be held up by Kiwi Ben Whale for a scrum five.

The visitors were not to be thwarted as they achieved another scrum turnover and substitute Theo Buffini scored against the posts 22-25 Farrelly adding the extras 22-27

With the clock running down Chobham increased the pressure forcing Rodman to infringe and be yellow carded and with just minutes to go the pressure told and Chobham ran in to the corner to take the scores level 27-27

Chobham fullback Harry Guy must have felt the responsibility on his shoulders as he shaped up to take the key kick of the game and to the delight of the home crowd it sailed the ball between the posts 29-27

And as if it wasn’t hard enough for just two points to differentiate the First XV the Second XV also had to endure a similar style defeat 31-29 as they also went down.

Director of rugby Steve Pope said after the games

"The reaction of the home side tells you just how close it was, last play of the game .. down to 14 men we just run out of bodies and they scored after some phases out wide and then kicked the extras" 
 
They knew they had use one of there nine lives today... Let them enjoy there day ..that's sport ...why we love and play it for those derby days and excitement of game like today. 
 
We will improve on the unforced errors and mistakes we made today and we very much look forward to the return fixture at home. 

Of course it feels awful...to lose the Derby...I'm afraid it is just one of those days ..we just have to chalk it up to experience. We will dust ourselves down and look ahead to the remaining fixture this month." 

 

1. Ben Joyce

2.Andrew Murphy 

3. Sam Matcham

4.Doug Rodman

5.Tom Birch

6.Nathan Spratt

7.Olly Fox

8.Jake McQuade

9.Ryan Saunders

10.Luke Flower

11.Max MacDonald

12.Tom Farrelly

13.James Mitchell

14.James MacDonald 

15.Johnny Holmes

 

Subs

16.Will Sanders

17.Theo Buffini

18.Ali Porter

 

Tries: Ben Joyce, Max MacDonald, Jake Macquade, Theo Buffini

Conversions: Farrelly (2)

Penalty Farrelly