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2nd XV - Match centre

Gravesend III
Deal & Betteshanger II
Sat 19 Dec 14:15 - Kent County RFU Shepherd Neame Invicta League - Premier 2 East Division Full time Attendance 70

A Tough Day in The Office

Regrettably, due to ‘late cancellations’ a much-weakened 2nd XV travelled away to Gravesend on the ‘last big shopping day’ before Christmas

In fact, the Team played the whole game with only 14 men, and they gave their all against a good side . The Gravesend Thirds are a strong , experienced side and they claim that they are the most successful in their Club !

The strength of the Home side was their good pack of forwards and they gained good possession, their backs ran well and the support play and ‘off-loading’ was very good .

After a period of settling-down , the Lions began to challenge Gravesend . The backs in particular, of whom McLachlan, Topping, Rowarth and Ward were the main attackers, did well and made good ground . However, Gravesend managed to hold out against them and launched telling counter-attacks, which resulted in tries .

At half-time, the Home side led by 22 points .

The second half began in much the same fashion, but some silly mistakes gave away soft tries and the score mounted . Again, there were some good attacks by the Lions backs and Halpin made some good , small kicks into space , but the defence held .
The Lions pack battled manfully, but were out-played .

The game ended in a large victory for Gravesend and the Lions will welcome them back to Walmer in the New Year .

Team: 15. Topping 14. Ward 13. Rowarth 12. McLachlan 10. Halpin
9. Crews 1. Wakefield 2. Dixon (Capt) 3. Sapsford 4. Sparkes 5. White 6. Nelson 7. Petken 8. Rose Jnr

OMW Skills Series: 2-ball touch

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League round up

Other Premier 2 East Division results

7
20
Thanet Wanderers II
East Peckham I
31
7
Ashford II
Medway III
17
18
Tonbridge Juddian III
40
0
Folkestone II
Weavering I
12
13
Aylesford II

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Medway III 22 84
2. Gravesend III 22 81
3. Tonbridge Juddian III 22 76
4. Thanet Wanderers II 22 69
5. Weavering I 22 59
6. Deal & Betteshanger II 22 53
7. Folkestone II 22 50

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