|5th January 2019||2.00pm||Canterbury||7-15||2nd XV||Premier 2 East||Away|
Canterbury 3s- 7 vs Thanet Wanderers 2s- 15
On a sunny afternoon in Canterbury, Thanet 2’s met a Canterbury 3’s team that was in joint 3rd position in the league so this game was going to test all that Wanderers have been working towards this season.
Wanderers immediately put pressure on the Canterbury line with repeated phases of play in the Canterbury half, but the Canterbury team was well drilled and held the Thanet onslaught for 10-15 minutes of play, until a penalty gave Canterbury a well-earned relief and marched Thanet back into their own half.
Canterbury then took the ascendancy and pinned Thanet back into their own half with multiple waves of attack on the Thanet 22 and try line for close to 20 minutes, but Thanet held strong and stole numerous line outs and defended from line to line to ensure Canterbury didn’t break through, culminating with Harry High-Royce tracking the width of the pitch to make a try saving tackle.
Thanet used the final 5 minutes of the half to mount pressure on Canterbury’s try line with multiple line out and scrums from penalties, until scrum half James had enough and quick tapped a 5 meter penalty and send the ball racing through the backs out to Harrison Elks on the wing who easily ran in the try to end the half with Thanet tails up.
Thanet came out from the half time talk full of confidence and pinned Canterbury back into their 22 from the kick off. With less than 5 minutes played in the second half Thanet mounted a driving maul which saw nearly 12 men pushing over the line and Marius Thompson putting the ball down. Unfortunately the conversion hit the post.
Confidence was now sky high and Thanet pinned Canterbury back into their own half yet again with big ball carries across the park punching holes in a well drilled Canterbury back line. Canterbury began to lose some self-control and gave away numerous penalties in their own 22. Until Canterbury won a good penalty on their own try line, only to try a quick tap and lose the ball through a loose kick straight into the hands of Marius who off-loaded to Henry Mirams to score down in the Canterbury corner.
Thanet now leading 15-0 had rattled a good Canterbury team who became increasingly frustrated as the game carried on. As Thanet mounted another attack a loose ball on the floor resulted in Captain Box hurting his leg and having to be carried off. To find out later that he had broken his leg and will now sit the rest on the season out, he joins the Wanderers injury club (aka the curling team).
Canterbury now took a moment and mounted an attack on the Thanet line with a good run from their back line resulting in a try under the posts to give Canterbury some hope in the game. The Thanet lads then rallied together and mounted pressure back on the Canterbury half and controlled the game for the rest of the half to see Wanderers win the game 15- 7. Wanderers will enjoys this result as this has cemented the 3rd position which could possibly be more when other results come in, and has given Wanderers the bragging rights home and away in this local derby.
Matt short put in a solid shift in the back row today continuously making big hits to drive Canterbury back, he always looked dangerous with the ball in hand, and gave good positive feedback to his teammates to help keep morale high. But Todays Man of the match goes to James Langridge who controlled every aspect of the game at scrum half and never put a foot wrong!
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