Cobham Rugby

Match Report -Cobham 40 Gosport & Fareham 0 - With Photos

Bonus try win for Cobham

Off the back of a disappointing performance against Brighton and a rest weekend Cobham were looking to bounce back and show their home supporters that their could emulate some of their early season promise.

Director of Rugby Steve Pope was again able to field a squad comprising of a majority of past Cobham youth players but still enable veteran prop Andy Alexander to achieve his 99th cap. The team were also looking at their satorial best sporting their new but yet traditional Cobham 'harlequin' shirts.

The first few minutes of the match saw Cobham's James Macdonald and Alex Aves displaying their respective speed on the wings but with final passes going down it took a push over try, under the posts, from number 8 Joe Davis to open the scoring for Cobham. Weir converting 8-0. 

The visitors were looking for their first win of the season and whilst that was to elude them they tested Cobham's defence in looking to immediately respond. Cobham's defence held and although Pope felt they were over complicating their play Macdonald achieved a finish to extend the lead 12-0. Weir failing to convert from wide out.

It was now the turn of centres Matt Goddard and Charlie Rooke to show their pace but in what seemed to be a first half of missed opportunities the lead could not be extended.

A groundhog day opportunity looked to have arisen with successive scrums in front of the Gosport and Fareham posts but first Goddard and then Davis were held up and an infringement at the scrum saw the moment lost. 

Pope will have sent a clear message at half time that Cobham were trying too hard and keeping it simple showed immediate dividends in the second half as a pop pass to Matt Goddard saw him carve through the visitors defence and cross the line Weir converting 19-0.

Gosport were never so dangerous all afternoon as following a score and it took a try saving tackle from full back Jean Louis Gravier to avoid a response but from that point onward and with the Cobham subs Ben Joyce, Charlie Mortimer and John Radford ( making his first XV debut) deployed the home side took control of the game with the bonus point try from Josh Brown, converted 26-0 followed by MacDonald scoring his second also converted 33-0.

Rooke took his opportunity to show his strength and speed literally bouncing his way off the opposition down the wing but it was his inside centre partner Goddard who was to complete the scoring for the afternoon from a well executed Cobham line out Weir adding his fifth conversion 40-0

Pope said ''A tough fixture both physically & mentally for both sides and credit to the Gosport & Fareham boys who played their part in a hard game.

The score may even flatter us somewhat in regards our overall performance today  ... however I do feel that the 2nd half performance was much better and working toward the level of rugby we aspire to play.

We look forward to a huge challenge next week away to Tunbridge Wells which will be a good indication of where we are as a newly promoted club in London 1. 

My congratulations to all the flowing players - 

Andy Alexander on the huge achievement of his 99th 1st team appearances,  along with Charlie Rooke 70, JL Gravier 60, James Macdonald 60, Joe Goddard 60, Oliver Weir 25, Joe Davis 25, and John Radford on his debut 1st XV appearance. 

This shows the real depth that the club is developing and many of these players  will I hope help drive the club forward both on and off of the field.

1. Josh Brown

2.Jake McQuade

3.Andy Alexander

4.Tom Hilton-Stevens

5 Joe Goddard

6 Doug Rodman

7.Nathan Spratt

8.Joe Davis

9.Robbie Kennard ( Captain)

10.Ollie Weir

11.James MacDonald

12.Charlie Rooke

13.Matt Goddard

14.Alex Aves

15.Jean Louis Gravier 

Substitutes :-

Ben Joyce

Charlie Mortimer

John Radford

Tries :-Davis, Brown, MacDonald ( 2) Matt Goddard (2)

Conversions :-Weir ( 5)