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Date Time Season
23rd Nov 2019 3:00 pm National League 1 2019/20

Match Report

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As a lesson in how to lose a rugby match this was one from the textbooks. By the ninth minute of the game a disorganised Canterbury had conceded three tries, given Rams the perfect start and a side as competent as they are were never going to lose their grip.
The city side did recover some of the lost ground in the first half but they are so profligate much of their good work is immediately wasted. Greater accuracy, poise and finishing skill came from the visitors who eventually eased away with three second half tries.
Rams game is built around a powerful set of forwards and they quickly set about exposing Canterbury’s defensive shortcomings in that fine opening spell. Hooker Ben Henderson made a first minute try for Jamie Guttridge, centre Connor Hayhow powered through three tackles for the second after the city side tamely gave up possession and Tom Vooght was ushered over the line from a driving maul. Three points from a Dan Smart penalty goal made a small dent in their progress but the damage had been done. When they get things right, however, Canterbury are a decent attacking outfit and with those early shocks behind them they found some momentum. Smart’s quick thinking led to a try for Tristan King and despite a Jak Rossiter score for Rams from a fumbled cross kick and a fifth try by scrum half Jack Moates, Canterbury were still just about in contention at the break. When Tyler Oliver was driven over from a maul and Smart landed his second conversion it left them only twelve points adrift. Promising territory was also won in the opening minutes of the second half but, unlike Rams, they could not exploit it and dreams of a recovery slipped away. Rams resumed control of possession and on 55m minutes it brought a second try for Hayhow. When the city backs at last began to play with a little freedom they released Charlie Grimes for their third touchdown but it proved to be a last gesture as the visitors coasted home with late tries from Simon Humberstone, who also landed four conversions and Rossiter who showed brilliant footwork his way to the line. For Canterbury a bleak season got even bleaker.
Canterbury: M.Craven, R.Mackintosh, J.J.Murray, W.Waddington (repl C,Kingsman), C.Grimes, A.Meads, D.Smart (repl K.Braithwaite), J.Dever (repl A.Cooper), T.King, C.Connolly (repl E.Lusher), R.Cadman, W,Scholes, J.Rouse, J.Stephens, T.Oliver (repl F.Edwards).

Date Time Season
26th Oct 2019 3:00 pm National League 1 2019/20


# Player Position T C P DG
1Jamie Dever 16Prop0000
2Tristan KingHooker1000
3Charlie Connolly 17Prop0000
4Royce CadmanLock0000
5Will ScholesLock0000
6Jack RouseFlanker0000
7Jamie StephensFlanker0000
8Tyler Oliver 18Number Eight1000
9Daniel Smart 19Scrum half0210
10Alex MeadsOutside half0000
11Charlie GrimesWing1000
12Will Waddington 20Centre0000
13Jonathan MurrayCentre0000
14Ricky MackintoshWing0000
15Max CravenFull-back0000
16Aaron Cooper 1Prop0000
17Elliott Lusher 3Prop0000
18Freddie Edwards 8Number Eight0000
19Kyan Braithwaite 9Scrum half0000
20Charles Kingsman 12Full-back0000
 Total 3210

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

Rams RFC

Position T C P DG

Director of Rugby: Seb Reynolds


Match Venue

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


Fourth Official
Chris Fullbrook