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After arriving early at Chobham to watch the U14's game, below is Tom Bird's match report for the final game of the 2016/17 Season
Gss became marooned on the M25 through an earlier accident and then a breakdown between junction 10 and 11.
With internationals and rest days over the last few weeks, interfering with the league programme, it was good to see rugby back on the park.
So many games this season have seen defeat come to a frustrated Gss first XV, as they have lost in close fixtures with the league leading teams
A complete team effort ensures the win even it was too close for comfort.
Ten tries from a well orchestrated performance that involved all players in various combinations as they backed each other throughout the game.
Brighton get the blues as Gravesend come home with the win
An evenly matched game in the first forty turned into a tragedy of errors for Gravesend after the interval
Just one point separated these two clubs in London 1 South before this game, and those that watched on Saturday could see why.
Fourth place CS Rugby 1863, found nothing easy at Rectory Field on Saturday, playing a Gss XV growing in confidence from two earlier wins.
The score-line may suggest that this will go down as a game of two halves, but this was a full eighty minute game.
A spirited Dover XV found little charity but made Gss work for every point scored in their seven try fest.
A session of basic tackling techniques is required if Gss are to turn the lost games into bonus winning performances.
Enterprising play that brought tries, but errors again cost dearly as Gss cross the whitewash five times at Water Lane.
Although a great effort, especially in the last 10 minutes to earn the 2 points, the team by their own admissions made too many mistakes as they were going forward to punish Sevenoaks.
What a difference a week makes, and spectators were treated to some fine back movements and on-the-shoulder backing-up that led to Gss tries!
So much possession gained by hard working forwards, but an inability to let the ball go quickly wide from the centre created lost opportunities.
A long journey, an indifferent second half performance but still five points in the bag from a developing side.
Small changes at half time were enough to effect Gss momentum, having gone in at the break 19-3 to the good.
The second game into the new season and a reshuffled Gss came up against a well drilled opposition at Sydney Road on Saturday.
A mixture of youth and experience brought the first win for Gravesend at Rectory Field from a performance that showed promise for the future.
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