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1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Old Dunstonians
M Botterman (2), C Hand, A Orchard, J Groocock, A Purnell
Tries
C Hand (4), G Francis
Conversions
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time Attendance 250

Boro' Win Battle at the Top of the League.......

With their sixth win, on the bounce .

Match Report by Rick Howe.

Crowborough welcomed Old Dunstonians to Steel Cross for this top of the table clash, watched a by an enthusiastic crowd, that was bolstered by a healthy number of club sponsors and patrons.
For the second week in succession this was a clichéd match of two halves, where Crowborough stormed into a healthy, and seemingly unassailable first half lead, only to take their foot off the gas and allow the opposition back into the game, that they nearly stole at the death. This surely will be a focus for this week’s training ground
The first ten minutes was classic ‘Boro with the forwards off-loading in the tackle to supporting runners, arriving at pace, and any ball that OD’s managed to secure was soon dislodged by the scything defence, led by Callum Main.
With Graeme Francis coming close to scoring with an intercept early on that was adjudged to be offside, it was left to Matt Botterman to open the ‘Boro tally with a 35 metre run that finished off a move started by Callum Main and Alex Purnell. The try was converted by Graeme Francis. 7-0
However ‘Boro were momentarily brought back to earth as OD’s levelled the score through their outside centre. 7-7.
This score saw Graeme Francis leaving the field with suspected knee ligament damage, being replaced by Connor Hand from the right wing.
Seemlessly slotting into the #10 position, Connor Hand proceeded to feed his backs with quick accurate ball, that saw the ‘Boro backs take play to within ten metres of the OD line. Against the head ‘Boro secured possession and drove the large OD unit back over their line with Matt Botterman rising from the bottom of the maul to claim his second try that was converted by Connor Hand. 14-7
Connor Hand then got onto the try scoring ladder himself , finishing off a fine backs attack in the right hand corner, and in converting his own try, took the score to 21-7.
Alex Purnell playing his last game of the season before jetting off to the antipodes, was like a bowling ball, clearing out swathes of space for the ball carriers to exploit, and it was Josh Groocock, latching onto a final pass, who benefited from a cleared avenue to score out wide, and recording the fourth bonus point try.
Alex Purnell then scored his try after a number of pick and drives and some very controlled play. The Conversation was missed which brought half to an end with a healthy lead. The Half time Score - 31 - 7

The second half started , with OD's putting a lot more pressure on the Crowborough back line, however it was Alex Purnell, (who signed off his final home game of the season), finishing off several phases of pick and drives, before Andy Orchard completed the final passage of play scoring with a try in the corner, which Connor Hand converted to take the score to 38 - 7.
In the real world Crowborough would have built upon this position, with a robust second half, but in the fantasy world of Crowborough rugby the unthinkable almost happened as ‘Boro leaked three tries, to a proud and wounded OD’s side, often getting sucked in at the breakdown. By defending narrowly, and by failing to cut down the space, huge gaps developed out wide that were eventually exploited by the centre pairing and most impressively by their extremely quick prop who breezed through a hole to gallop 25 metres to score.
However Crowborough had done just enough to hold out as the final whistle went, but both players and coaches will be in no doubt that such winning positions must be exploited further rather than just sat on. 38-26
This win keeps ‘Boro top with a six point advantage over Pulborough in second place, although with just ten points separating the top seven places no side can afford to rest on their laurels.
Next week 3/11/18 ‘Boro travel to Hellingly RFC KO 2:30pm.
The remainder of the squad travelled to play Lewes RFC 2nd XV running out 13 -17 winners, while the Crows 3rd XV entertained a strong Uckfield 2nd XV going down 5-64.

Crowborough XV vs Old Dunstonians 27 Oct.2018 home
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Matthew Botterman

Player of the Match

Matthew Botterman

Key moments

13:35
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
14:46
Conversion Graeme Francis kicks a conversion for Crowborough
27:02
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
28:21
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
30:12
Try Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
31:38
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
34:12
Try Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough
35:24
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
38:37
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
54:34
Try Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
55:56
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Matthew Botterman is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
58:12 Sub Off
Matthew Botterman is substituted off for Crowborough
58:12 Sub On
Alex Purnell is substituted on for Crowborough
58:12 Sub Off
Harry Slatter is substituted off for Crowborough
58:12 Sub On
Sam Edwards is substituted on for Crowborough
55:56 Conversion 40 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
54:34 Try 38 - 0
Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
39:45 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
38:37 Try 33 - 0
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
35:24 Conversion 28 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
34:12 Try 26 - 0
Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough
31:38 Conversion 21 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
30:12 Try 19 - 0
Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
28:21 Conversion 14 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
27:02 Try 12 - 0
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
26:38 Sub On
Harry Marchesi is substituted on for Crowborough
26:38 Sub Off
Graeme Francis is substituted off for Crowborough
14:46 Conversion 7 - 0
Graeme Francis kicks a conversion for Crowborough
13:35 Try 5 - 0
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
13:31 Try Assist
Callum Main makes an assist for Crowborough
13:31 Try Assist
Alex Purnell makes an assist for Crowborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Old Dunstonians
  • 0
  • Callum Main Try Assist 13:31'
  • Alex Purnell Try Assist 13:31'
  • Matthew Botterman Try 13:35'
  • Graeme Francis Conversion 14:46'
  • Graeme Francis Sub Off 26:38'
  • Harry Marchesi Sub On 26:38'
  • Matthew Botterman Try 27:02'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 28:21'
  • Connor Hand Try 30:12'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 31:38'
  • Joshua Groocock Try 34:12'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 35:24'
  • Alex Purnell Try 38:37'
  • Andy Orchard Try 54:34'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 55:56'
  • Matthew Botterman Sub Off 58:12'
  • Alex Purnell Sub On 58:12'
  • Harry Slatter Sub Off 58:12'
  • Sam Edwards Sub On 58:12'

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League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Crowborough 8 37
2. Old Dunstonians 8 29
3. Beccehamian 8 27
4. Pulborough 8 26
5. Vigo 8 25
6. Old Williamsonians 8 25
7. Lewes 8 24

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