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1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Bromley
J Groocock, M Botterman, M Rosier, B Boast, A Purnell
Tries
C Hand (2)
Conversions
Sat 9 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time Attendance 150

Boro' extend their lead at the top of London South East Three to 12 points.

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After a solid performance in some difficult conditions at Steel Cross.....

Match Report by Rick Howe
Our Referee today was Raj Khanna

By a miracle and the hard work of the ‘Boro ground staff, three matches were able to take place last Saturday with around 110 players and supporters able to get their weekly rugby fix.
Bromley are in the wrong half of the table, and as seen for most of this season, they were again to prove that there really is no easy fixture in this division. For twenty minutes both sides defied the conditions and tried gamely to play running rugby. The defences manned up strongly, with both sets of forwards putting in the hard yards before releasing their backs. In the territory department it was Boro who seemed to be having more difficulty in combating the gale force wind, kicking for touch when a high long kick down the middle would perhaps have had more effect.
On the twenty minute mark ‘Boro broke the deadlock, following a Bertie Boast run down the right wing that was held up on the Bromley 22. The ball was recycled and Josh Groocock latching onto the pass, broke through a desperate tackle only to be brought down inches from the line, but not before he had off-loaded to Matt Botterman who was up in support, to score a Connor Hand converted first try. 7-0
Seven minutes later following a penalty ‘ Boro opted for a scrum. Alex Purnell broke from the scrum and fed Andy Orchard who was on for the injured Nick Hill. Unfortunately the slick ball was knocked on but from the Bromley scrum ‘Boro recovered the ball and with Connor Hand making a half break prop Mark Rosier playing some of his best rugby, was on hand to take the off-load and sprint the 5 metres to the line for a Connor Hand converted try 14-0.
With half time approaching Bromley piled on the pressure and for five minutes ‘Boro were as magnificent in defence as Bromley were in controlling the attack. Eventually Bromley found the gap and went into the break just seven points down 14-7.
With the wind backing behind them, ‘Boro proceeded to play the game deep in the visitors half, continuing to drive the bigger but tiring Bromley pack backwards, which enabled Alex Purnell to pick up at the back of the ruck and power over for an unconverted try. 19-7
In several of their previous matches ‘Boro have been guilty of giving away copious unnecessary penalties, which have hurt them and may have given them an undeserved reputation. Against Bromley they were again on the wrong end of several penalty decisions when in good scoring positions which stemmed momentum at crucial points of the match and let the opposition regroup.
Bertie Boast settled the side down when he ran onto a Connor Hand chip through, although the extra points could not be added. 24-7
Bromley were not to be outdone and secured a second try when their excellent #9 and the left wing inter-passed their way down the pitch to score a well- deserved converted try. 24-14
It was to be only fitting that the final score cemented a back row clean sweep when Josh Groocock brought the game to an end with a well taken individual effort. 29-14
With Vigo held to a three point victory over Hastings and Bexhill Crowborough move 12 points clear at the top of the table with just five more games to play.

CRO XV vs Bromley - home 9th Feb. 2019
49 photos

Joshua Groocock

Player of the Match

Joshua Groocock

Key moments

20:23
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
21:15
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
29:23
Try Mark Rosier scores for Crowborough
30:26
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
49:23
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
65:47
Try Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
79:23
Try Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough

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CRO XV vs Bromley - home 9th Feb. 2019
49 photos

Highlights

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Joshua Groocock is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
79:59 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
79:23 Try 29 - 0
Joshua Groocock scores for Crowborough
66:27 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
65:47 Try 24 - 0
Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
65:45 Try Assist
Connor Hand makes an assist for Crowborough
64:01 Sub On
Richard Taylor is substituted on for Crowborough
64:01 Sub Off
Tom West is substituted off for Crowborough
64:01 Sub Off
Sam Edwards is substituted off for Crowborough
64:01 Sub On
Tom Kent is substituted on for Crowborough
50:16 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
49:23 Try 19 - 0
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
37:07 Yellow Card
Matthew Botterman is yellow carded for Crowborough
30:26 Conversion 14 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
29:23 Try 12 - 0
Mark Rosier scores for Crowborough
23:46 Sub Off
Nick Hill is substituted off for Crowborough
23:46 Sub On
Andy Orchard is substituted on for Crowborough
21:15 Conversion 7 - 0
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
20:23 Try 5 - 0
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Bromley
  • 0
  • Matthew Botterman Try 20:23'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 21:15'
  • Nick Hill Sub Off 23:46'
  • Andy Orchard Sub On 23:46'
  • Mark Rosier Try 29:23'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 30:26'
  • Matthew Botterman Yellow Card 37:07'
  • Alex Purnell Try 49:23'
  • Tom West Sub Off 64:01'
  • Richard Taylor Sub On 64:01'
  • Sam Edwards Sub Off 64:01'
  • Tom Kent Sub On 64:01'
  • Connor Hand Try Assist 65:45'
  • Bertie Boast Try 65:47'
  • Joshua Groocock Try 79:23'

Team selection

Smith, Lloyd Smith, Lloyd
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
King, Adam King, Adam
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
West, Tom West, Tom
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Groocock, Joshua Groocock, Joshua
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard
Edwards, Sam Edwards, Sam
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Crowborough 20 79
2. Beccehamian 20 68
3. Folkestone 20 64
4. Pulborough 20 60
5. Vigo 20 60
6. Old Dunstonians 21 54
7. Park House 20 48

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