Saturday, December 14th, 2019

RUGBY: Oaks splash their way to victory over Brighton Blues

Sevenoaks Rugby 14 Brighton Blues RFC 7

Sevenoaks RFC 1sts returned to winning ways on Saturday at Knole Paddock thanks to a hard fought, two-converted-tries-to-one victory over Brighton Blues.

The tussle in the deluge between two of the newly promoted teams in London & South East Premier was ultimately one for the purists.

Sevenoaks began in expansive style and despite torrid conditions in the torrential rain opened their account 10 minutes into the match with a sublime and fluid move that saw the ball passed between several pairs of hands before Henry Galligan popped up and darted through under the posts.

Tom Gray secured the extra two points and as Oaks set up camp in the top third of the pitch it seemed a question of not if but when the Blues whitewash would be breached again.

As it was, the visitors’ solid defending, and some lack of imagination on the part of the navy and golds, meant that Oaks only converted this pressure into points just before the half time break when Shaun Derrick crashed over for a try from close range. Gray again slotted the conversion to send Oaks into the sheds with a 14-0 advantage.

Brighton returned after half-time full of verve and were more than prepared to take the game to Oaks. In fact the top third of the pitch where the home side’s encampment had set up in the first half became Blues territory.

Oaks didn’t take the opportunities they were given to establish their own field position either with ball in hand or from the boot.

When Brighton were finally rewarded with a try in the very last play of the game, it was no less than they deserved and Oaks while not necessarily on top form had put smiles onto the faces of the Paddock faithful given the way they stuck to their task.

Oaks have now registered three wins from six matches at their newly promoted level and take momentum into their next match. The away trip to Hertford this Saturday (19 October) kicks off at 3pm and all support is very welcome.

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