Match Report for 1st XV v Trojans

Match Report for 1st XV v Trojans

By Peter Mattison
18 September
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!st XV Match Repprt


It was a very warm and sunny Saturday afternoon that Warlingham RFC first team took to the field against Trojans RFC and both teams appeared they had used the pre-season well
Making their Warlingham Debut was Tom Parker at number 9 Nathan White 11 and finally Sam Perry 15 all would make a difference to the dynamics of the team in the game to come
Trojans playing with the slope as an advantage started the game with vigour and pushed Warlingham back into their own half and it was with a nervous time that an early try could be on the cards but some great defensive work by Warlingham thwarted Trojans early show of strength in their forwards
Trojans continued to press Warlingham and once again Warlingham defended well with counter runs by Winger Nathan White and fullback Sam Perry finally leading to a penalty to Warlingham which Joe McEvoy stepped up to the tee and calmly took the three points
Trojans pack was pretty dominate in this period with Warlingham trying to contain this much heavier pack, but the forwards dug in and gave a good account of their selves as the match progressed
Trojans seemed to have the bit between there teeth and built the pressure once again on Warlingham until a deep run by Sam Perry brought Warlingham close to Trojans try line and with good work by the forwards the ball came to back Joe McEvoy who went over the try line for the first try of the season and his Converted conversion gave a slight buffer
Warlingham counter attacks was to be one of there main assets in this game along with defending their try line with some awesome one on one tackles from the likes of flanker John Dowling, Nathan White and Alex Skinner to name a few who really put their bodies on the line
It wasn’t long before another counter and good hand from everyone involved to put winger Jack Atkinson in at the corner but Trojans wasn’t perturbed by this set back and with another deep penetration into Warlingham half Trojans were finally granted with a try and very well deserved considering the effort they had put into the game up till then
Warlingham and Trojans grappled for every yard and ball but once again through a blistering break by fullback Sam Perry stopped Trojans dead and his sixty yard sprint to go under the post with the conversion by Joe McEvoy. This just stretched the lead from Trojans in traditional fashion Trojans got back into the game and there continued pressure again paid off with a try just before half time 22-10
The second half started once again with Trojans probing Warlingham lines and their physicality around the scrums and mauls where very competitive and it was only the sheer determination by forwards and backs of Warlingham to make the tackles that thwarted Trojans direct running into Warlingham half of the pitch
And it was during one such build up by Trojans that Joe McEvoy intercepted a soft pass and went under the sticks for his second of the match confidently converting the ball over the uprights. This was followed not long after by Callum Wand weaving and darting through the broken lines of Trojans with another counter attack to go under the posts and Joe McEvoy taking Warlingham two points further ahead
Trojans and Warlingham where tiring under the heat and the pure punishing pace of the game both were making mistakes and the penalty count was gradually rising on both sides. Trojans broke through the game line and for moment it looked as if they were going to score only to be unlucky once again
Debut Scrumhalf Tom Parker had controlled the cohesion between the forwards and backs, and it was his pass to Joe McEvoy and then onto Sam Perry allowed Warlingham to take their next try and conversion
Trojans never gave up and played some lovely running rugby and after Warlingham went down to 13 men Trojans where not going to let this opportunity to go unpunished. With the determination that they had started the game with they built once more and Warlingham couldn’t hold out this time conceding two late tries at the end of the match 43-22

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