Cobham Rugby

Match Report Gravesend 32-Cobham 34

Tight win for Cobham over resurgent Gravesend team

After the unexpected but well deserved  win against Medway the previous week it was perhaps not surprising that Cobham could not maintain the same momentum against Gravesend who are already consigned to to be relegated.

Whilst Cobham did not play anyway near their best that should take nothing away from the determination and skill shown by Gravesend who certainly deserved the draw that eluded them. Based on this performance there should be no reason why they should not bounce straight back to London South 1

Following an excellent Vice Presidents lunch, where three stalwart Gravesend players were awarded Vice Presidency, Joe Goddard's 100th game kicked off to strong home support but Cobham started as they had finished the previous week, creating pressure with prop Josh Brown establishing the territory for Christian Disley-May to launch the back line and Miles Fletcher going over 0-5. 

Gravesend immediately responded by securing lineout ball and fly half crashed through scrum half Bruce converting  7-5.

Unfazed Cobham took the game back into the home sides territory and full back Bonnar unleashed winger James Clements on a weaving run which avoided the Gravesend defence and put him over for the first of his three tries 7-10 Uncharacteristically Farrely missed the extras again.

Perhaps buoyed by the support from past Gravesend players in the crowd and adopting a everything to be gained approach winger Liam Bryne-Stevens recovered the ball in his own half and responded in similar style to Clements and having made ground set up centre Chris Brady to score under the posts converted to retain the lead 14-10.

Clements game back with another elusive run down the touchline to score in the corner which Farrely converted making a difficult opportunity look easy 14-17. Although Cobham were dominating the scrums and putting together good phases of play with centre Harry Kean having a good game  they could not shake off Gravesend all afternoon and when a penalty in Cobham's half gave them the opportunity to apply their own pressure the home side struck again, this time through substitute Matt Hewitt, Bruce converting for a well deserved half time lead of 21-17.

Bruce extended the lead to 24-17 shortly into the second half with a penalty that saw Captain Adrian Van de Ploeg yellow carded but even with a man down Cobham now responded and with Clemence scoring his hat trick and Farrely converting and securing a penalty soon after Cobham regained the lead .24-27

Although Gravesend forced them back into their 22 Farelly intercepted and converted his own try to take Cobham to what looked to be an unassailable lead 24-34.

At this stage no one would have been surprised if heads had gone down but with Bruce hitting  a penalty 27-34 and Farelly hitting the posts Gravesend looked to finish their season with a home win. 

Turning over a scum close to the Cobham line the ball was fed to winger Captain Temi Okenia and the fight back was complete. 32-34.

No one would have begrudged Bruce the conversion  but it was not to be and Cobham scrapped home 

 

After the match Director of rugby Steve Pope said " A very tough game ...very much end of the season rugby between to sides both working towards next season.

All credit to Gravesend who came hard at us for 80 minutes and I hope play like that against Medway next week who are very beatable.
 
So some very good play from us and some very average play .. which is very much the story of our season.
A number of strong individual performances for us today and notably 100th Cap for Joe Goddard who has been on very good form this season. Congratulations Joe, his second row partner Adrian Van De Ploeg playing at 8 today who has been outstanding all season. 
Harry Kean, Andy Murphy, Ollie Fox ,Alley Porter, Sam Cordery, Tom Prigmore, Mario covering across the front row... to name a few all put in solid really strong performances today.
 
The neutrals watching (if there's such a thing in Gravesend?) may of said a draw was a fitting result for both sides. 
I'd say on reflection we deserved to take the points and the home side were fortuitous with refs calls on a number of occasions.  
As we look ahead to finishing of our season with Thurrock at home for both 1st & 2nd teams.With Thurrock likely needing points or a result to keep them safe from the drop.That's going to be a big game to finish off things at home next Saturday, We will need to be at our very best to deliver the performance we are so close to delivering.With decent availability for next weekend I'm hoping to have a number of selection headaches.
We would like to wish Gravesend the very best of luck next season we hope they bounce straight back up, it's a good rugby club with good people and I personally wish the players and coaching staff the very best for 2018 -19 season."
 

Cobham 2nd XV went on the road to Westcombe Park in Kent and ran in worthy winners Westcombe Park 21 Cobham 2ndxv 24

No15 Will Eves x 1 Try 
No 11 Jordan Oldershaw x 1 Try 
No 10 Jonny Holmes x 1 Try x 3 Conversions x 1 Penalty

 
The thirds went down to Bec Old Boys 22 Cobham 3rdxv 7
 

1 Josh Brown 

2 Andrew Murphy

3 Ben Joyce

4 Tom Prigmore

5 Joe Goddard 

6 Ali Porter

7 Sam Cordery 

8 Adrian Van Der Ploeg (C)

9 Christian Disley-May

10 Tom Farrelly 

11 James Clements 

12 Harry Kean

13 Miles Fletcher 

14 Max MacDonald

15 Craig Bonnar 

Subs

16 Mario Zakakiotis 

17 Olly Fox

18 Nathan Spratt


No 14 James Clements x 3 Tries
No 13 Miles Fletcher x 1 Try
No 10 Tom Farrelly x 1 Try x 3 Conversions x 1 Penalty