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1st XV - Match centre

Vigo
Crowborough
Tries
C Main, A King, A Purnell, M Botterman, J Groocock, T West
Conversions
C Hand (2)
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time

Borough climb to the top of the table

After another strong performance on their travel's into North Kent.

Match report this week by Graham Callard .On a beautiful sunny day in Kent this was a result that saw Crowborough go to the top of the table. It was a win founded on excellent forward play and resilient and resolute defence. The opening quarter was pretty even with Vigo looking marginally the better side. It was them who could have opened the scoring after Crowborough conceded a penalty in a very kickable position but sadly for the men in black it sailed wide. As the game progressed Crowborough took control with their big and agile forwards driving their opponents backwards. Man of the match Josh Groocock made his mark with a great run breaking away from Vigo;s defensive line taking the ball within 15 metres of the hosts line. The move broke down as Crowborough were penalised for having supporting runners in blocking positions.
The game lacked finesse at times with brutal tackling from both sides and a propensity to keep the ball tight or worse kick away good ball. Whilst Crowborough continued to look much the better side as the game developed it was Vigo who nearly got the opening try. It was only a last ditch tackle by Tom West on Vigo’s Luke Vint that prevented the score. Vint intercepted then carried the ball a good 60 metres before West snagged him from behind. That good defensive work was then undone as Crowborough’s discipline slipped. Back chat to the referee lost them 20 metres and Vigo were back in control.
When Crowborough didn’t have the ball they defended very well and were quick to counter-attack when the ball was turned over. Andy Orchard made good ground from one such break finding Richard Taylor in support. Vigo were now on the back foot. It was 21 minutes gone when Harry Slatter broke free, finding Nick Hill, (who was no early, due to the injury to Ash Moor) who then shifted it onto Tom West.
Vigo conceded a penalty which Crowborough took quickly with Callum Main crashing over for the first score. Just 4 minutes later the visitors extended their lead as the forwards inter-passed superbly before releasing centre Adam King for an excellent score under the posts. Connor Hands added the conversion. 12-0.
Vigo lost a couple of players to injury but didn’t lie down. Their ferocious tackling kept Crowborough at bay and when they had the ball they looked lively. Only good ‘Borough defence and poor decision making by the hosts kept them scoreless at the break.
The second half started much the same with Crowborough looking the stronger both in attack and defence. Vigo continued to waste their chances whereas ‘Borough built on theirs . Alex Purnell extended the lead after a series of dynamic pick and drives. Vigo’s defence had finally cracked. 17-0. This was quickly followed by a mazy run by Richard Taylor taking the ball deep into the home half. It was not long before the excellent Matt Botterman crashed over for the bonus point try following yet more powerful drives by the Steel Cross pack. 22-0.
Vigo were still working hard but couldn’t get behind the ‘Borough defence led by Callum Main. Yet again our forward dominance was putting Vigo under pressure. The scrum now becoming a good source of ball. Great support play allowed Josh Groocock to power over for his second of the day on 67 minutes. With the extras added by Connor Hand it was now 29-0
Vigo would simply not lie down and got a well deserved try on 74 minutes when Elliot Stickings crashed over wide out. For once Crowborough were split apart by an excellent break by Vint causing ‘Borough to infringe. The quickly taken tap found the wing clear and around under the posts. Immediately from the kick off Vigo were back under pressure and it wasn’t long before Tom West was rewarded for his tireless work as he went over to restore the 29-0 gap. Vigo didn’t know when they were beaten and got in the last word on the stroke of full time. Tom Whitehead was on hand to receive a well placed pop pass to smash over for a second consolation try. Final score 36-14
Crowborough cannot be complacent now as they host Sussex rivals Hastings & Bexhill at Steel Cross tomorrow. Kick off 15:00


Joshua Groocock

Player of the Match

Joshua Groocock

Key moments

22:34
Try Callum Main scores for Crowborough
26:59
Try Adam King scores for Crowborough
27:54
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
46:23
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
62:11
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
68:32
Try Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough
69:44
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
73:12
Try Tom West scores for Crowborough

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Cro XV vs Vigo 29 Sept.2018 Away
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Highlights

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Joshua Groocock is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
74:23 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
73:12 Try 0 - 34
Tom West scores for Crowborough
69:44 Conversion 0 - 29
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
68:32 Try 0 - 27
Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough
65:12 Sub Off
Nick Hill is substituted off for Crowborough
65:12 Sub On
Freddie Purnell is substituted on for Crowborough
65:12 Sub Off
Mark Rosier is substituted off for Crowborough
65:12 Sub On
James Kirkland is substituted on for Crowborough
63:43 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
62:11 Try 0 - 22
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
47:38 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
46:23 Try 0 - 17
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
27:54 Conversion 0 - 12
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
26:59 Try 0 - 10
Adam King scores for Crowborough
23:54 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
22:34 Try 0 - 5
Callum Main scores for Crowborough
12:34 Sub On
Nick Hill is substituted on for Crowborough
12:34 Sub Off
Ash Moor is substituted off for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Vigo
  • Crowborough
  • 0
  • Ash Moor Sub Off 12:34'
  • Nick Hill Sub On 12:34'
  • Callum Main Try 22:34'
  • Adam King Try 26:59'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 27:54'
  • Alex Purnell Try 46:23'
  • Matthew Botterman Try 62:11'
  • Mark Rosier Sub Off 65:12'
  • James Kirkland Sub On 65:12'
  • Nick Hill Sub Off 65:12'
  • Freddie Purnell Sub On 65:12'
  • Joshua Groocock Try 68:32'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 69:44'
  • Tom West Try 73:12'

Team selection

Taylor, Richard Taylor, Richard
Moor, Ash Moor, Ash
King, Adam King, Adam
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Piper, Freddie Piper, Freddie
West, Tom West, Tom
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Groocock, Joshua Groocock, Joshua
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Crowborough 5 22
2. Old Dunstonians 5 21
3. Beccehamian 5 17
4. Pulborough 5 16
5. Vigo 5 14
6. Bromley 5 14
7. Old Williamsonians 5 14

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