|Canterbury 3rd XV||64|
|Dover 2nd XV||24|
|4th Nov 2017||3:00 pm||Premier 2 East||2017/18|
Canterbury kicked up a gear in their eighth game of the season, racing away to a convincing home victory over Dover 2nds. The game started with a wobble, though. Some big defensive mistakes and good handling by the visiting side meant that Dover went over for the first try of the game early on. Canterbury quickly responded, though, with Alec Morrison finding a gap deep in his own half before freeing Ollie Simpson with an offload. Simpson in turn fed the ball back to Jack Waite who sprinted over from 40 metres out. It was this try that set the tone for much of the game. Simpson soon followed up with a two tries on the left wing, before Andre Allen put his foot to the floor for a long range effort on the right. Sam Payne added another before half time with some evasive running.
The second half was disrupted by a Canterbury yellow card and a serious injury to a Dover player, and the result was a disjointed 40 minutes. Dover got two more tries, but Canterbury’s pace and handling saw them finish strongly. Brad Allchurch took a tap and go and ran 60 metres to score before anyone even noticed, and further scores were claimed by Simpson, Sam Payne, Allchurch again and Mark Stone