Date Time Season
15th Feb 2020 3:00 pm National League 1 2019/20

Match Report


A losing bonus point lifted Canterbury off the bottom of the National One table but it was Chinnor’s adroit handling of Storm Dennis that earned them a seventh consecutive victory. For the city side this was another disappointment after a massive first half defensive effort limited the visitors to the game’s only score.
With the gale and rain at their backs after the break the odds favoured Canterbury but they were frustrated by a top class display of ball control from the visitors pack.
They starved the city club of possession, going through countless phases and denying them the kind of attacking territory they enjoyed themselves in the first 40 minutes.
What Canterbury achieved in that first half was heroic and deserved to be better rewarded. They were battered by the heavier Chinnor forwards but what they lacked in poundage they made up in determination and bravery. They survived a barrage of penalties, a yellow card for prop Ellior Lusher and got themselves out of tight corners through sheer hard work.
Chinnor pounded away but could only come up with an eighth minute try for lock Ehize Ehizodi converted by Laurie May.
On a day when every point counted the visitors twice ignored easy penalty chances in their pursuit of tries, but got nothing from a bodies-on-the line defence.
Those decisions might have proved costly but when Canterbury got their turn to use the storm they made nothing of it. They ploughed away up front, did not trust any sort of kicking game and Chinnor’s disciplined skills allowed them to play much of their rugby in the home half. Only late in the day did the city side pose a scoring threat when penalty awards gave them attacking lineouts. That had been a strong area all afternoon with Matt Corker supreme, but in those final minutes Chinnor twice poached the throw and claimed the points in what had been a huge test of stamina in extreme conditions.
Canterbury: D. Corcoran, R.Mackintosh, F.Morgan, A.Meads (repl W.Waddington), C.Grimes, C.Kingsman, T.Williams (repl D.Smart), E.Lusher (repl B.Young), T.King, S.North (repl A.Wake-Smith), J.Rouse, M.Corker, S.Rogers, F.Edwards (repl R.Cadman), S.Stapleto

David Haigh


# Player Position T C P DG
Alex Meads-0000
Alexander Wake-SmithProp0000
Billy YoungProp0000
Charles Kingsman-0000
Charlie GrimesWing0000
Daniel SmartScrum half0000
Dwayne CorcoranWing0000
Elliott Lusher-0000
Frank Morgan-0000
Freddie Edwards-0000
Jack Rouse-0000
Matt Corker-0000
Ricky Mackintosh-0000
Royce CadmanLock0000
Samuel Rogers-0000
Sean Stapleton-0000
Tom WilliamsScrum half0000
Tristan King-0000
15Will WaddingtonFull-back0000
 Total 0000

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


Position T C P DG

Director of Rugby: Matt Williams


Match Venue

The Marine Travel Ground
Merton Lane North, Nackington Road, Canterbury CT4 7AZ


Fourth Official
Chris Fullbrook