Old Redcliffians21

Date Time Season
15th Sep 2018 3:00 pm National League 2 South 2018/19

Match Report


Away victories are savoured in a tough league but Canterbury were always in control of this match and underlined their superiority with a bonus point win which lifts them to sixth place in the early season table.
After a flighty start they soon settled to produce a good, disciplined performance based on firm foundations laid down by the pack.
The city side scored six tries, three in each half, and with Harvey Young bringing his kicking boots with him five conversions and a penalty goal kept them comfortably ahead of Old Reds.
They were adept at turning the Bristol side’s errors into points and that saw them into a twelve point lead in the first quarter. A turnover, quick chase and flicked pass by Ricky Mackintosh gave Dan Smart the opener. Young had his only failure from the kicking tee but made up for it by intercepting a loose pass and sprinting 50 metres for a try under the posts. In contrast, Old Reds were not accurate enough to profit from two line breaks instigated by full back Henry Bird. Those moments aside, however, it was Canterbury who ran the show.
A catch and drive produced a try for hooker Tristan King after 25 minutes but Reds won some respite when wing Ezra Caven ran strongly for a touchdown which Ash Groves converted. It was a temporary interruption before Young pushed the half time margin to 15 points with a simple penalty goal.
It took only four minutes of the second half for the city side to claim the bonus point try. A stolen lineout and the ball spread wide opened up space for Charlie Grimes to make his first touchdown for the club. They continued to stoke up the pressure with judicious tactical kicking and after a surge by debutant centre Sam Goatley the recycling was sharp. A lovely offload sent Ollie Best across the line with his first touch after coming on as a replacement.
With the game slipping away Old Reds found a fresh burst of energy and when JJ Murray was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on they used the penalty to create a try for Chris Pursall, converted by Kieran Hill. Canterbury quickly brushed that away as Goatley stretched over for the sixth try and although Old Reds hands continued to let them down they got last minute compensation with a converted score for the excellent Henry Bird.
Canterbury: A.Moss (repl O.Best), R.Mackintosh (repl J.J.Murray), S. Goatley, S.Sterling, C.Grimes, H.Young, D.Smart, A.Cooper, T.King, S.Kenny (repl E.White), R.Cadman (L.Whetton ), M.Corker, J.Stephens, S.Clark (repl R.Cadman), S.Roche

David Haigh

Man of the Match:

Old Redcliffians

Position T C P DG


# Player Position T C P DG
Aaron CooperProp0000
Daniel SmartScrum-half1000
Harvey YoungFly-half1510
Charlie GrimesWing1000
Jamie StephensFlanker0000
Aiden MossFull-back0000
Louis WhettonSubstitute0000
Matt CorkerSecond Row0000
Jonathan MurraySubstitute0000
Oliver BestSubstitute1000
Ricky MackintoshWing0000
Jarvis OttoSubstitute0000
Sam SterlingCentre0000
Samuel KennyProp0000
Seb ClarkFlanker0000
Seb RocheNumber Eight0000
Tristan KingHooker1000
Sam GoatleyCentre1000
Elliott WhiteSubstitute0000
Royce CadmanSecond Row0000
 Total 6510

Coach/Committee Member: Andy Pratt

Match Venue

Old Redcliffians rfc
Scotland Lane, Bristol BS4 5ES, UK