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2nd XV - Match centre

Deal & Betteshanger II
Gravesend III
Sat 16 Apr 15:00 - Kent County RFU Shepherd Neame Invicta League - Premier 2 East Division Full time

A MUCH BETTER EFFORT FROM THE LIONS

Having been beaten thoroughly by the very strong Gravesend 3rd Team before Christmas, The Lions put out a stronger team for this Home game

The Gravesend 3rds are composed of many experienced players who frankly, could play at above this level . However, this is 'a club within a club' and they are a lively bunch and the game was played in a good spirit .

Gravesend started well and the Lions responded strongly . The powerful Gravesend pack began to establish a superiority and thus their backs used the possession to good effect . But the Lions held the attacks as the half wore on and there were some good tackles and strong drives around the scrums, in which Mitch Halpin was prominent . However, the 'off-loading' by the Lions was not good. Too many attacks went to ground when a good offload would have brought results .

Gravesend were strong in their tight scrummaging and forward drives, and this brought tries . Also, the two line-out jumpers for the visitors ensured that they had control and possession in that area .The Half-Time score was 11-nil to Gravesend .

The Lions played better in the second half and there were some good aspects . Maxwell at outside centre burst onto the pass well and Henry Evans, a young man playing on the wing, was impressive under the high ball and counter-attacked well . Ed Topping made some good runs but better off-loading was again absent .

The Gravesend pack made some good drives and scores were made around the edges . The conversions and penalty goals added to the score and despite some good attacks by the Lions, Gravesend kept their goal-line intact .

In all, the Lions deserved to score at least two tries and Gravesend acknowledged that the score did not accurately reflect the match .
Gravesend and their many supporters celebrated a successful season with gusto and style in the Lions Clubhouse and it was a good afternoon for rugby .

The Lions 2nd Team is gathering a good group of players and a better potential is there . More players need to train and to improve their basic fitness , then success will follow

Report by

David Storrie

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League round up

Other Premier 2 East Division results

Ashford II
17
17
East Peckham I
Aylesford II
10
38
Weavering I
Folkestone II
40
0
Thanet Wanderers II
24
5
Tonbridge Juddian III
12
40
Medway III

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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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