Date Time Season
21st Dec 2019 3:00 pm National League 1 2019/20

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Press Officer David Haigh

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No Christmas joy for Canterbury who lapsed into old bad habits and paid the penalty. They were punished clinically for their infringements by the Blackheath pack and although they enjoyed plenty of possession and territory in the second half too much damage had been done.

Blackheath led by sixteen points at the interval, their three tries all the result of the city side’s lack of discipline. It cost them a penalty try in the ninth minute when they pulled down a driving maul and though they countered that with a catch and drive score from prop Billy Young, failed to learn from their mistakes,.
Frequent offences at ruck and maul played into Blackheath’s hands and they made the most of their opportunities. Hooker Harry Fry was twice driven over from short range, the second time after Alex Thompson had been yellow carded, and Mark Cooke topped them up with the conversions. Late in the half Canterbury had chances to cut the deficit but, unlike the home forwards, lacked the efficiency to come away with points.

Yet another penalty conceded early in the second half invited Blackheath into their favourite attacking territory and they probed effectively before Tom Baldwin was driven over and Cooke converted. At that point, like the weather,things were looking pretty bleak for Canterbury but their spirit and effort is never in question and they lifted their game. A sharp line break by their best back, Tom Best, made a try for Dan Smart, which Best converted. Then, nine minutes from the end, hopes were raised of salvaging bonus points when Ricky Mackintosh finished off a smart attack. Blackheath, however, were too canny to conceded anything further and if the game lacked any real inspiration they would not be worried about that after a bonus point victory.

Canterbury: W.Waddington (repl D.Corcoran), R.Mackintosh, S.Sterling, T.Best, JJ Murray, C.Kingsman, D.Smart (repl K.Braithwaite), B.Young (repl S.Kenny), T.King, A.Wake-Smith, R.Cadman (repl M.Corker), A.Thompson, J.Stephens, J.Rouse, T.Oliver (repl S.Stapleton).

David Haigh

Date Time Season
21st Dec 2019 3:00 pm National League 1 2019/20


Position T C P DG


# Player Position T C P DG
1Billy Young 18Prop1000
2Tristan KingHooker0000
3Alexander Wake-SmithProp0000
4Royce Cadman 19Lock0000
5Alex ThompsonLock0000
6Jamie StephensFlanker0000
7Jack RouseFlanker0000
9Daniel Smart 16Scrum half1000
8Tyler Oliver 17Number Eight0000
10Charles KingsmanOutside half0000
11Jonathan MurrayCentre0000
12Thomas BestCentre0100
13Sam SterlingCentre0000
14Ricky MackintoshWing1000
15Will Waddington 20Full-back0000
16Kyan Braithwaite 9Scrum half0000
17Sean Stapleton 8Number Eight0000
18Samuel Kenny 1Prop0000
19Matt Corker 4Lock0000
20Dwayne Corcoran 15Wing0000
 Total 3100

Coach/Committee Member/Director of Rugby: Andy Pratt
Team Manager: Andy Rogers
Coach: Dave Marshall
Coach: Matthew Pinnick


Match Venue

Blackheath RFC
17 Kidbrooke Ln, London SE9 6TE, UK