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1st XV - Match centre

Edenbridge I
Maidstone III
Sat 13 Jan 14:00 - KCRFU Rural Kent & East Sussex League - Cinque Division 4 West Full time

Like a bridge without troubled water.

For the 3rd match in succession, the powerful looking ‘bridge thought themselves too ‘manly’ for the need of liquid refreshment. Who needs water anyway???

Anyway, to the business end, and a spot of rugger. Edenbridge started the more spritely as is the norm of recent weeks. All thoughts were on putting a big score over the travellers.

We didn’t have to wait long for the 1st score of the game. A perfectly delayed Lee Roberts pass took the defence out of the equation as the movement of Sam Tan passed through the pressing Maidstone line like a paper dragon being whizzed around at a wedding.

Before I bore you all with ‘conversion added’, Lee Roberts kicked most of them with an impeccable display from the wibbly wobbly Welshman's right boot.

The following 9 minutes showed some sort of resistance from the set in stone visitors. This proved to be the longest period of time without score for the remainder of the fixture. The one moment of note was the highest of high tackles on talisman Alan Erskine.

14:14 Lewis Bowen try
14:19 Tamás Tolnai try (congratulations on your 1st score for the club)
14:27 Lewis Bowen try
14:33 Craig Decoteau try (much awaited 1st try for the club)
14:42 Rob Mitchell try

Half time. A resounding 42-0.

The 2nd half brought many a change, with the ‘bridge bench being emptied and some of the starting XV given a rest. They all went for a cigarette in true local fashion. Oddly, The fag was probably the most intense work out of the day.

14:49 try Lee Roberts
14:57 try Spike Smith
15:06 try Chris Lewis
15:15 try Chris Mitchell
15:20 try (please remain seated as you may pass out) Sam Rickets. (Welcome to the club mate.)
15:25 try Rob Mitchell
15:27 try Jamie Horner.

Still neck and neck in the try race are Lewis Bowen and Robert Mitchell. Sweepstake now open.

I must apologise for the lack of description around the tries, but come on..... I haven’t got a very good memory and I am working all this week. 13 tries and 11 conversions in total for a great 87-0 win.

All that is left to mention (regards to the game) is a 2nd yellow in 3 games for bad boy Spike Smith. And to your own team mate. Ruthless!

I’d like to mention a couple of players that made this fixture possible. Without the sportsmanship of Gary Patterson and Dominic Mitchell playing for the opposition this game would have been uncontested and very non riveting. Pat on the back boys.

Special mention to Chris Lewis, Jamie Horner, James White and Will Presland for your return to rugby. Welcome back chaps. Also a brilliant performance from Jack Plunkett.

Also, team try of the year. Finished by Jamie Horner, I think all 15 players touched the ball. If anyone has it on video, I will send it into that rugby programme for ‘best try ever’.

So, in summary, the sturdy ‘Bridge left no ‘Stone unturned! (Sorry, worst pun yet!)

MotM- a perfect performance from the remarkable talent of Craig Decoteau.

DotD- a multitude of applicants. Chris Lewis for a quite appalling knock on to deny the nervous 90’s. Dominic Liggins for the stumble, trip, face plant and grazing the turf like an Aberdeen Angus. But...... yet again it went to serial offender Jack Miller.

Quote of the day - someone is going to get knocked out, And it’s not me! Cheers Chris Lewis. Aka coach.

Oh. We also came 1st and 2nd in the drink off. Champions!

Next week is a rest week, before we all turn into lumberjacks and topple the ‘oaks.

Mike Whitehead

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Edenbridge I 14 47
2. Sevenoaks IV 13 46
3. Swanley I 13 46
4. Gravesend IV 14 36
5. Gillingham II 11 31
6. Old Gravesendians II 13 30
7. Sheppey II 11 28

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