|30th September 2018||11.00am||Sevenoaks||10-27||U16s||Kent Cup||Away|
Thanet Wanderers RUFC U16s made it two wins out of two in the Kent Cup with a hard fought 27-10 win at last year's beaten finalists, Sevenoaks RFC.
Having won their first game last Sunday in torrential rain at Tunbridge Wells RFC, it made a pleasant change to have the perfect sunny day for open running rugby.
And it wasn't long before the Thanet boys took the lead. After a well-worked move which saw flying winger Tom Piggott nearly get over, flanker Sonny Teall was on hand to scoop the ball and crash over from the ensuing quick ruck.
Fly half Jack Cohen missed the extra points from the touchline but soon made up for that by adding the conversion to Billy McHattie's follow-up try two minutes later. Thanet lead 12-0 after 12 minutes.
The Wanderers boy were camped in the Sevenoaks half and despite some strong running from their huge centres, stiff defence held firm with exceptional defensive performances from Kent centre, James Crompton and second row, Finlay Lycett.
With only 25 minutes gone, Thanet extended ther lead when substitute winger Rhys Lee crashed over from 20 yards out for his second try in two games.
But any side has blips and Thanet's came in a poor 10 minutes shortly before half time. Sevenoaks back-up tactic of chipping the ball in behind the wingers was starting to pay off in terms of territory and the pressure began to show.
After a period of ill discipline, the type that sides often suffer from when under pressure, Thanet's defence began to creak. And with the last play of the half, the Sevenoaks winger slid over in the corner and reduced the half time deficit to 17-5.
The second half saw some changes from the bench with Matthew Jacobs coming on for Teall whilst Ziggy Lee replaced Harry Carter and the game saw an even period of 20 minutes where the score remained the same.
With the game a little tight for the Thanet coaches liking, some calls came from the sidelines and some moves from the training ground were put on resulting in 2 quick tries.
First flying winger, Rafe Walters outstripped the defence from 60 yards out using what has quickly become his signature move off the base of a scrum for the fourth try and a bonus point.
Then in a moment of brilliance, Crompton outrageously chipped, regathered and sprinted clear from a similar distance out.
With Sevenoaks never giving up, they ground out a well-worked consolation try leaving Thanet as 27-10 winners.
Head coach Ian Lodge said, "When we saw our first two fixtures in the Kent Cup draw with away fixtures at last year's quarter finalists, Tunbridge Wells RFC and finalists, Sevenoaks RFC we knew we were up against it. So to come out of those games not only with 2 victories but with 2 bonus points, we are delighted and glad that the hard work is paying off. All of the coaches, players and parents are proud of what we have achieved so far but we know it's only the start and we need to stay focussed."
The U16s are back in Kent Cup action at St. Peter's Rec on 11th & 18th November 2018 against Canterbury RFC and Beccehamians RFC, kick-offs 1100.
Tries: Teall, Lee R, McHattie, Walters, Crompton
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