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1st XV - Match centre

Edenbridge I
Gravesend III
S Tan, C Mitchell
Tries
L Roberts
Conversions
L Roberts
Penalties
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - KCRFU Shepherd Neame Rural Leagues - Late Red 3 Full time

Imperious Rowland in a Commanding Display from Fullback

Constant rain, both in the build-up and during the match, put pay to any sort of expansive rugby in this tight and niggly affair.

Gravesend III arrived with a big pack and looked a side perfectly suited to the conditions and sure enough, their game plan was very much to keep it up the jumper. When they got it going, it was very effective, as was their driving maul from every lineout which 'Bridge too often struggled to contain.

The game was won in the backs however as Gravesend's defensive line was unable to deal with the pace play that 'Bridge like to put down with Sam Tan, Harry Warne and Nick Tingley causing all sorts of chaos, not to mention Bobby Weaver darting around the fringes, shrugging off tacklers. But for so many split balls in crucial positions, the scoreline could have been a lot higher.

The nature of the game was to be set when the first card of the afternoon was brandished by the referee after about 90 seconds play at the first line out. Gravesend's otherwise very good and very savvy blindside flanker took offence to 'Bridges maul defence a levelled a right hook at Gary Patterson's face.

A man short for ten minutes, Gravesend continued to weather the Edenbridge attack until Sam Tan found a way to breach the Black and White line for 'Bridge's opening score. 5-0 to the home team with the conversion missed.

All of the rugby continued to play out in the Gravesend half with the ball only finding its way into Edenbridge territory via long-range relieving clearance kicks. Man of the Match Dan Rowland was in great form at the back fielding everything Gravesend fired at him and running it back with interest.

Despite the territory, 'Bridge struggled to add to their score. The only other points of the half coming from a penalty by Lee Roberts to leave things at 8-0 at halftime.

The second half saw 'Bridge needing to put in much more of a defensive shift as Gravesend got their pick and go game up to speed. 'Bridge's discipline also waned and saw the referee repeatedly award penalty after penalty in the visitors' favour. The string of infringements eventually saw captain Lee Roberts sent to the bin under a team yellow card for repeated offsides at the breakdown.

'Bridge were not to be at a numerical disadvantage for long however as the second Gravesend player of the afternoon was given a ten-minute breather for a deliberate knock-on which thwarted a promising looking Edenbridge attack.

'Bridge were to score towards the end of the game with Chris Mitchell going over for his first of the season from close range following some good quick play from a tap and run penalty.

The game gradually petered out in the drizzle and the welcome full-time whistle came with 'Bridge 15-0 on top.

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Dan Rowland

Player of the Match

Dan Rowland

Key moments

13:26
Try Sam Tan scores for Edenbridge I
27:33
Penalty Lee Roberts kicks a penalty for Edenbridge I
80:00 +3:26
Try Christopher Mitchell scores for Edenbridge I
80:00 +3:53
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge I

Highlights

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80:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Dan Rowland is awarded player of the match for Edenbridge I
80:00 +3:53 Conversion 15 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge I
80:00 +3:26 Try 13 - 0
Christopher Mitchell scores for Edenbridge I
76:00 Sub Off
Ben Weston is substituted off for Edenbridge I
76:00 Sub On
Alan Erskine is substituted on for Edenbridge I
69:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Gravesend III
65:00 Yellow Card
Lee Roberts is yellow carded for Edenbridge I
63:00 Sub Off
Dominic Mitchell is substituted off for Edenbridge I
63:00 Sub On
Jack Miller is substituted on for Edenbridge I
40:00 Sub Off
Tamás Tolnai is substituted off for Edenbridge I
40:00 Sub On
Mark Moore is substituted on for Edenbridge I
End of period 1
27:33 Penalty 8 - 0
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22:00 Sub Off
Paul Cooper is substituted off for Edenbridge I
22:00 Sub On
Christian Haysom is substituted on for Edenbridge I
14:11 Missed Conversion
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13:26 Try 5 - 0
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1:30 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Gravesend III
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As it happened

  • Edenbridge I
  • Gravesend III
  • 0
  • Yellow Card 1:30'
  • Sam Tan Try 13:26'
  • Paul Cooper Sub Off 22:00'
  • Christian Haysom Sub On 22:00'
  • Lee Roberts Penalty 27:33'
  • Tamás Tolnai Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mark Moore Sub On 40:00'
  • Dominic Mitchell Sub Off 63:00'
  • Jack Miller Sub On 63:00'
  • Lee Roberts Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Ben Weston Sub Off 76:00'
  • Alan Erskine Sub On 76:00'
  • Christopher Mitchell Try 80:00 +3:26'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 80:00 +3:53'

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Other Late Red 3 results

Cranbrook II
38
14
Ash I
Ashford II
41
3
Medway IV
26
30
Leigh I
Whitstable II
40
0
Tunbridge Wells III

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Ashford II 9 36
2. Weavering I 9 31
3. Sevenoaks IV 8 27
4. Medway IV 9 26
5. Cranbrook II 9 23
6. Edenbridge I 8 22
7. Gravesend III 9 22

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