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1st Sep 20182:30 pmNational League 2 South2018/19

Match Report

Pre-season optimism is the default position at every club but for  Canterbury all that evaporated as they were swept aside on the opening day of the National 2 South campaign. A ruthless Rams side posted seven tries, claimed a bonus point by half time and won the forward battle by some distance. The city club, after a promising start, looked seriously under powered  in the scrum department and were often second best at the breakdown.  They did manage two second half tries, both scored by scrum half Dan Smart, but Rams monopoly of possession and a well organised defence kept them in charge.

An under pressure Canterbury also collected two yellow cards, one in each half, which led to the inevitable catch and drive tries, but it says much for their spirit that they never stopped battling. Ollie Best’s penalty goal and a willingness to get the ball wide made for a lively start but they were guilty of handling errors and failed to look after their possession well enough. The Rams pack gradually went to work, and a lovely weighted kick from fly half Alex Seers landed in the hands of wing Jak Rossiter for the their opening try.

By half time they had added three more, all of them catch and drive affairs as their forwards turned the screw. Hooker Ben Henderson and flanker Tom Vooght made the touchdowns from catch and drive positions and they went further ahead six minutes after the break. Clever footwork by centre Steve Bryant confounded two tackles, but the city side at last found an answer. Dan Smart’s quickly taken tap penalty brought a try, but it was a temporary reprieve.  Rossiter trotted in for his second try but the Canterbury backs then showed what might have been. Fly Half Harvey Young sent Ricky Mackintosh though a gap and wing’s powerful run ended with Smart crossing again. Ollie Best converted but they could not muster anything more.  Connor Stapley completed the set for Rams and Seers added a penalty goal to his three conversions.  For Canterbury it is now a time for sober reflection and to respond to coach Andy Pratt’s plea to ‘Move on’. They will need to do so quickly if this is not to be a long season.

Canterbury: O.Best, R.Mackintosh, F.Morgan (repl T.Best), S.Sterling, C.Grimes (repl J Murray), H.Young, D.Smart, J.Green (repl A.Cooper), T.King (repl J.Otto), S.Kenny, R.Cadman (repl J.Stephens), M.Corker, J.Stephens (repl M.Cantwell), S.Stapleton, T,Oliver.

David Haigh

RankPlayerPositionCanterbury RFCCanterbury RFCCanterbury RFCCanterbury RFC
1Canterbury RFCOliver BestFull-backCanterbury RFC">8Canterbury RFC">55Canterbury RFC">13Canterbury RFC">0
2Harvey YoungOutside halfCanterbury RFC">4Canterbury RFC">32Canterbury RFC">2Canterbury RFC">0
3Ricky MackintoshWingCanterbury RFC">16Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
4Daniel SmartScrum halfCanterbury RFC">14Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
5Sam SterlingCentreCanterbury RFC">13Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
6Canterbury RFCJonathan MurraySubstituteCanterbury RFC">11Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
7Tristan KingHookerCanterbury RFC">7Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
8Charlie GrimesWingCanterbury RFC">6Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
9Samuel KennyPropCanterbury RFC">6Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
10Thomas BestSubstituteCanterbury RFC">5Canterbury RFC">2Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
11Jamie StephensFlankerCanterbury RFC">5Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
12Sean StapletonFlankerCanterbury RFC">4Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
13Royce CadmanLockCanterbury RFC">2Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
14James GreenPropCanterbury RFC">1Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
15Matt CorkerLockCanterbury RFC">1Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
16Jarvis OttoSubstituteCanterbury RFC">1Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
17Aaron CooperSubstituteCanterbury RFC">1Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
18Tyler OliverNumber EightCanterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
19Max CantwellSubstituteCanterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0
20Frank MorganCentreCanterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0Canterbury RFC">0

Rams v Canterbury 2018-09-01

Rams RFC



# PlayerPositionTCPDG
9Daniel SmartScrum half2000
10Harvey YoungOutside half0000
1James GreenProp0000
6Jamie StephensFlanker0000
5Matt CorkerLock0000
4Royce CadmanLock0000
3Samuel KennyProp0000
7Sean StapletonFlanker0000
2Tristan KingHooker0000
8Tyler OliverNumber Eight0000
SUBAaron CooperSubstitute0000
11Charlie GrimesWing0000
13Frank MorganCentre0000
SUBJarvis OttoSubstitute0000
SUBJonathan MurraySubstitute0000
SUBMax CantwellSubstitute0000
15Oliver BestFull-back0110
14Ricky MackintoshWing0000
12Sam SterlingCentre0000
SUBThomas BestSubstitute0000
 Total 2110

Coach/Committee Member/Director of Rugby: Andy Pratt


Match Venue

Old Bath Rd, Sonning, Reading RG4, UK