Cobham Rugby

Match Report- Maidstone 12 Cobham 55

Cobham secure a nine try victory to retain fifth position in the league

Cobham 'put Maidstone to the sword'  according to the home sides match report
and in a high tempo performance Cobham secured a solid win .
The early exchanges were both physical and demanding but slowly Cobham started to gain some ascendancy in the scrum and with the line out functioning well quality ball was available for the ever dangerous back line .

The first try for Cobham came from a Maidstone chip over which unfortunately found Max McDonald's hands and he raced 50 metres to score the first try. Converted by Ross James Davis 0-7.

Back on the attack immediately while playing down the slope a strong drive from Jake McQuade secured the second try converted by Ross Jones Davis scores 0-14.

A break through the heart of the Maids defence by inspirational captain Robbie Kennard followed by a 'sizzers' with mobile prop Josh Brown saw him race 35 metres to score 0-19.

Following good work from number 8 Matt Koep from the kick off,a scrum turnover and some good hands from Cobham Ross Jones Davies powered over and then duly converted 26-0.The Cobham supporters pleased with the quality of play to date were prepared for the repost, unfortunately Cobham were not .Following a high tackle which provided a penalty and gave Maids good field position and despite some stubborn Cobham defence the Maidstone captain Ben Williams to drive over 5-26.

But with Cobham thinking and acting quicker, a tap penalty in their own 22 was quickly turned into pressure on the Maidstone line. From a five-metre scrum, Cobham rounded out the half with a score by Charlie Rooke and conversion, by Jones-Davies, to take to the break.
Half time 5-33 

Having played the first half with the advantage of the slope the travelling Cobham support speculated about the value of the slope. Was it 14 points or could it be more ? 

With Maidstone needing to get back into the game quickly their kick off went  directly into touch and from the  scrum on half way Cobham edged up the slope only for Maids infringe with a high tackle and incur a yellow card , which ultimately proved very expensive.  Cobham kicked to the corner and following some quality forward play Josh Brown made a great offload to McQuade who went over for his second try Converted again by RJD 5-40.

Maids pressed down the slope and rather than go through the forwards moved the ball wide .It looked like they would achieve an overlap only for winger Alex Aves to intercept the final pass and runs ninety metres to score .They were never going to catch him !!! 5-45 

As if the slope was not there Cobham again achieved good field position and following excellent hands between backs and forwards Max MacDonald scored his second try 5-50. 

To their credit Maids never gave up and went in search of tries but the Cobham tackling and defence was going to take some breaching Eventually though Maids did breakthrough to score under the posts to score their second try 12-50. 

But again following the kick off Cobham worked their way back upfield and following excellent back play it was Charlie Mortimer who powered over to score  12-55. 
1 Josh Brown
2 Jake Mcquade 
3 Ben Joyce
4 Doug Rodman 
5 Joe Goddard 
6 Joe Davis
7 Ali Porter 
8 Matt Koep
9 Rob Kennard ( Captain)
10 Ross Jones-Davies
11 Max MacDonald
12 Charlie Rooke 
13 Matt Goddard 
14 Alex Aves
15 Charlie Mortimer 
16 Simeon Barnes
17 Rob Fleming 
18 James Clements


Tries :-
No 15 Charlie Mortimer x 1
No 14 Alex Aves x 1
No 12 Charlie Rooke x 1
No 11 Max MacDonald x 2
No 10 Ross Jones-Davies x 1
No 1 Josh Brown x 1
No 2 Jake McQuade x 2
Conversions :-
No 10 Ross Jones-Davies x 5 
Steve Heard