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Gravesend III
Deal & Betteshanger II
J Cokell (3), G Gillham, R Roles, L Saward (2), J Gillham, J Luck, A Rayner (2)
Tries
J Cokell (8)
Conversions
Sat 19 Dec 14:15 - Kent County RFU Shepherd Neame Invicta League - Premier 2 East Division Full time Attendance 70

Mighty Trumpets deal knock out result, to vanquish visitors.

GRFC 3s build on last weeks great away win, with a big home win against Deal & Bettshanger 2s, to finnish 2015 on a high & closing in on the top spot

After last years victorious promotion season, this squad took a while to "hit their straps", after getting caught out early on at Medway, the boys have refocused & raised their game, not only dominating through the forwards, but unleashing a rampant back line, couple this with a destructive back row & you have a lethal combination.this was ably demonstrated on Saturday, giving the growing home supporters some well received Christmas cheer.
The game started brightly, with G's playing into a stiff headwind & starting the match as though they really meant business with a try in the corner from Jon Cokell, his first of 3 tries. The conversion drifting wide.
This was the start of a try fest, with the forwards dominating the set piece & the backs cutting loose scoring 5 tries up to half time, 29-0, now for some changes, bringing on a fresh back row & an increase in work rate, just what D & Betts didn't want to see !.
With an increase in the scoring rate, 6 more tries in the next 26 minutes of the second half & Deal & Betts tiring, the game was agreed by all parties to finish early on 66 minutes, with a 71-0 home win, over a point a minute is a great effort & superb entertainment.
Great credit should be given to Deal & Betts, even though on the back foot for most of the match, they never gave up & contested to the end.
The new year should see the return of some of the GRFC wounded increasing the depth of the squad & upping the contest for places.
The first game of the new year sees the visit of league leaders Medway, the only side to beat the Trumpets this season, let's see if they have improved ? Because I know we have !!!!!!!!!!!, looking forward to a cracking game.
The trumpets have finished 2015 as they started it ON A HIGH !!
Merry Christmas & a happy & prosperous new year to you all..

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Key moments

5:00
Try Jon Cokell scores for Gravesend III
9:00
Try George Gillham scores for Gravesend III
12:00
Try Robert Roles scores for Gravesend III
15:00
Try Lewis Saward scores for Gravesend III
16:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
24:00
Try Jamie Gillham scores for Gravesend III
25:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
43:00
Try Jonathan Luck scores for Gravesend III
44:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
50:00
Try Jon Cokell scores for Gravesend III
51:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
55:00
Try Jon Cokell scores for Gravesend III
56:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
60:00
Try Aaron Rayner scores for Gravesend III
61:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
63:00
Try Lewis Saward scores for Gravesend III
64:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
66:00
Try Aaron Rayner scores for Gravesend III
67:00
Conversion Jon Cokell kicks a conversion for Gravesend III
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gravesend III
  • Deal & Betteshanger II
  • 0
  • Jon Cokell Try 5:00'
  • George Gillham Try 9:00'
  • Robert Roles Try 12:00'
  • Lewis Saward Try 15:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 16:00'
  • Jamie Gillham Try 24:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 25:00'
  • Gregory Roles Sub On 40:00'
  • Gary Head Sub On 40:00'
  • Will McKee Sub Off 40:00'
  • Michael Walsh Sub Off 40:00'
  • Jonathan Luck Try 43:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 44:00'
  • Jon Cokell Try 50:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 51:00'
  • Jon Cokell Try 55:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 56:00'
  • Aaron Rayner Try 60:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 61:00'
  • Lewis Saward Try 63:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 64:00'
  • Aaron Rayner Try 66:00'
  • Jon Cokell Conversion 67:00'

Team selection

Cokell, Jon Cokell, Jon
Rayner, Jamie Rayner, Jamie
Papworth, Terry Papworth, Terry
Roles, Robert Roles, Robert
Saward, Lewis Saward, Lewis
Rayner, Aaron Rayner, Aaron
Gillham, Jamie Gillham, Jamie
Gillham, George Gillham, George
Walsh, Michael Walsh, Michael
McKee , Will McKee , Will
Hampshire, Andrew Hampshire, Andrew
o'sullivan, Danny o'sullivan, Danny
Haffenden, Neil Haffenden, Neil
Luck, Jonathan Luck, Jonathan
Kitt, Adam Kitt, Adam

League round up

Other Premier 2 East Division results

7
20
Thanet Wanderers II
East Peckham I
31
7
Ashford II
Medway III
17
18
Tonbridge Juddian III
40
0
Folkestone II
Weavering I
12
13
Aylesford II

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Medway III 22 84
2. Gravesend III 22 81
3. Tonbridge Juddian III 22 76
4. Thanet Wanderers II 22 69
5. Weavering I 22 59
6. Deal & Betteshanger II 22 53
7. Folkestone II 22 50

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