Cobham Rugby

Match Report Old Colfeians 18-Cobham 7

Tough afternoon at Horn Park

Cobham have played some entertaining rugby this season and delivered some notable results especially the away win against Chichester a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, somewhat like in politics, a week is a long time in rugby and Cobham will not have enjoyed this trip to Old Colfeians and a turnaround in their fortunes.

Colfs who have not won any of their encounters this year delivered a robust performance to register a three try to one victory that will have dented Cobham's aspirations to rise up the league table and it will be back to the drawing board for Director of Rugby Steve Pope.

With captain Adrian Van De Ploeg away Doug Rodman stepped up to lead the squad as prop Josh Brown celebrated his 151st cap.

Colfs grounds in South London do not provide too much shelter from the elements and a swirling wind was going to be a deciding factor in the kicking game with only one successful penalty and  conversion. 

Cobham found them themselves under pressure from the whistle from a large home pack with ex Cobham player Richard Trepant playing at number 8 and they lost hooker Nathan Spratt to a nasty head injury within 5 minutes bringing Ryan Aujla in for his debut.  The pressure was withstood for 15 minutes but a rolling maul provided Colfs with the first score 5-0.

Cobham regrouped and put together ten minutes of their own pressure but lost ball, a high penalty count and turnovers,which were a constant feature of their play all afternoon, did not provide a score. Colfs came back strongly and Trepant picked up from a scrum to register a try against his old club. Cobham obviously trained him too well.10-0 

As the second half started the wind increased in intensity and the posts were seen to be visibly swaying so it can be imagined the havoc it was having with the line outs which have been a strength for Cobham all season.

Further pressure from Colfs provided them with a penalty by their stand off James Walsh 13-0  

It was frustrating to see how effective the Cobham back line were with ball in hand and there were moments when a breakaway looked on but Colfs had their tails up scenting a first victory and their winger Will Smith took advantage of the territorial advantage Colfs enjoyed for most of the afternoon to score in the corner 18-0.

Just as it looked as if there would need to be some research undertaken to establish the last time Cobham hadn't scored in a games (was it that famous Dover 0- Cobham 0 draw several years ago ?) back row Joe Davis stormed over to provide a consolation try 18-5 with Flower converting 18-7.

Bizarrely and much to the concern of the home supporters Cobham looked to build on that score with some electric running in the last few minutes but the fight back was too late 

Director of Rugby Steve Pope said  ''A very frustrating day all round and to take nothing away from the home side who deserve the points today.We didn't get out of second gear until the game was lost.We were naive around the referee's interpretation's and we could have managed a number of areas of the game far better.

The injuries compounded things and we have to be better than we were  .. credit to all the boys that stepped in today. 
Physically I thought we were second best and we know what we need to address leading in to Sevenoaks this coming weekend." 

 

1. Josh Brown

2.Nathan Spratt

3. Rich Phillip

4.Doug Rodman

5.Joe Goddard

6.Michael Wasko

7.Henry Stevens

8.Joe Davis

9.Ryan Saunders

10.Luke Flower

11.Max McDonald

12.Tom Farrelly

13.George Tunnacliffe

14.Jordan Oldershaw

15.Miles Fletcher

Subs

James MacDonald

James Clements

Ryan Aujla

Try Joe David

Conversion Tom Farrelly