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1st XV - Match centre

Sheppey
Old Gravesendians
Tries
M Thompson, A Kidd (2), M Langley, C Johnson (3), R Parish, M Hodge
Conversions
M Thompson, M Holdstock (2), R Parish
Sat 15 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Old Gs overcome Sheppey and the elements to secure a bonus point victory

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Old Gravesendians 53 Sheppey 7

Old Gs secured victory away at Sheppey on Saturday, running up a 53-7 winning margin in brutal conditions for rugby - with freezing rain and howling wind seeing both sides struggle to develop a cohesive game plan. The stop start nature of the contest didn’t help, multiple stoppages meaning the players struggled to warm to proceedings due to the Baltic conditions on the Costa del Sheppey.

Despite the elements preventing them from playing their usual easy on the eye pattern of play, Old Gs controlled the majority of the contest, and ran in some nice tries. In the first half Matt Thompson glided over after beating 3-4 defenders. This was followed by an impressive score from Andrew Kidd who blazed over. Martyn Langley added the third when after multiple phases he darted over in the corner. With Chris Daniels and Ash Bourne now dominating in the loose Old Gs began to click into gear. A quick fire brace from full back Chris Johnson extended the advantage, as he thawed off by showing great pace out wide to finish well executed team moves.

Sheppey kept plugging away though and after multiple penalties conceded by Old Gs and a yellow card fro Kidd, they managed to burrow over the line from close range.

Half time 27-7 in Old Gs favour.

With both sets of players rushing back into the changing rooms at half time in attempt to find some warmth, Old Gs looked to come out reinvigorated in the second half to seal the contest.

They initially struggled against a revitalised Sheppey who hammered into the Old Gs defensive rear-guard, keeping play tight to the breakdown. Old Gs defence held firm, Brett Buckingham and Joe Martin leading the defensive efforts.

It was clear that Old Gs superiority lay in the wider channels, with Chris Johnson completing his hatrick after great support play by Langley and replacement Richard Parish. Parish then grabbed a try for himself, finishing well from half way after sidestepping the full back.

Andrew Kidd extended the advantage as he galloped over from a quick lineout. In truth the game was now a scrappy affair, with handling errors and mistakes turning the contest into an arm wrestle, with a lack of fluidity in both sides play.

Old Gs did have the final word though as Mike Hodge rolled back the years to cut a hard line and beat the last man to dive over to bring up the half century.

Final score Old Gs 53 Sheppey 7.

This wasn’t the best performance that you’ll see from Old Gs this season, but they were highly professional in getting the job done to leave with full points that keeps them 3rd in the Kent 1 table. At times they gelled to produce the interplay that has served them so well this season, in conditions that were brutal for both sides.

Credit to Sheppey, who despite their tough times recently, contributed fully to a game that was played in good spirits. Old Gs wish them well for the future as they look to retain their Kent 1 status.

Old Gs now break for the festive period, content with their work in the first half of season. They return on 5th January with a huge fixture at home to Gillingham.

Key moments

5:00
Try Matt Thompson scores for Old Gravesendians
12:00
Try Andrew Kidd scores for Old Gravesendians
24:00
Try Martin Langley scores for Old Gravesendians
26:00
Try Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
27:00
Conversion Matt Thompson kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
29:00
Try Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
51:00
Try Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
51:30
Conversion Matt Holdstock kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
58:00
Try Richard Parish scores for Old Gravesendians
59:00
Conversion Matt Holdstock kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
74:00
Try Andrew Kidd scores for Old Gravesendians
79:00
Try Mike Hodge scores for Old Gravesendians
80:00
Conversion Richard Parish kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 0 - 53
Richard Parish kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
79:00 Try 0 - 51
Mike Hodge scores for Old Gravesendians
74:00 Try 0 - 46
Andrew Kidd scores for Old Gravesendians
59:00 Conversion 0 - 41
Matt Holdstock kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
58:00 Try 0 - 39
Richard Parish scores for Old Gravesendians
51:30 Conversion 0 - 34
Matt Holdstock kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
51:00 Try 0 - 32
Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
End of period 1
29:00 Try 0 - 27
Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
27:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Matt Thompson kicks a conversion for Old Gravesendians
26:00 Try 0 - 20
Chris Johnson scores for Old Gravesendians
24:00 Try 0 - 15
Martin Langley scores for Old Gravesendians
12:00 Try 0 - 10
Andrew Kidd scores for Old Gravesendians
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Matt Thompson scores for Old Gravesendians
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As it happened

  • Sheppey
  • Old Gravesendians
  • 0
  • Matt Thompson Try 5:00'
  • Andrew Kidd Try 12:00'
  • Martin Langley Try 24:00'
  • Chris Johnson Try 26:00'
  • Matt Thompson Conversion 27:00'
  • Chris Johnson Try 29:00'
  • Chris Johnson Try 51:00'
  • Matt Holdstock Conversion 51:30'
  • Richard Parish Try 58:00'
  • Matt Holdstock Conversion 59:00'
  • Andrew Kidd Try 74:00'
  • Mike Hodge Try 79:00'
  • Richard Parish Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Johnson, Chris Johnson, Chris
Langley, Martin Langley, Martin
Thompson, Matt Thompson, Matt
Hodge, Mike Hodge, Mike
Lockyer, Ryan Lockyer, Ryan
Holdstock, Matt Holdstock, Matt
Roe, Grant Roe, Grant
Baker, Sam Baker, Sam
Daniels, Chris Daniels, Chris
Bourne, Ash Bourne, Ash
Barnes, Frazer Barnes, Frazer
Martin, Joe Martin, Joe
Buckingham, Brett Buckingham, Brett
Kidd, Andrew Kidd, Andrew
Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Paul

League round up

Other Shepherd Neame Kent 1 results

Ashford
Cranbrook
22
17
Foots Cray
Gillingham Anchorians
45
0

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Ashford 16 74
2. Southwark 22 69
3. Old Gravesendians 22 68
4. Gillingham Anchorians 15 63
5. Kings College Hospital 20 56
6. HSBC 16 46
7. Cranbrook 15 44

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