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5th XV - Match centre

Gravesend 5's
Met Police
S Wootton (2), B WILLIAMS
Full time
L Evans, J Rayner
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - Kent Metropolitan League - Master Brew

Swans winning ways continue

Early season top of table clash

The mighty Swans arrived at Rectory Field looking forward to a game given the last minute cancellation of last week’s fixture. Due to the Swans carrying a couple of injuries the Met Police side allowed us a couple of extra players. Due to a couple of last minute pull outs the Swans again welcomed Gannets Stephen Wootton and Jamie Feighery who assisted in the Alleynians game.
Welcome back to Trigger Gary Head after a year off and to ralph walpole, returning from the 2nd team bringing along his son Zach for a run out.
Sicknote Neil Miller got the ok from the quacks to play having been broken again and again and so on.
Just before kick off the extra subs came in handy when the Met approached Swans Captain BRIAN WILLIAMS on the scrounge for players due to delays on the ever reliable A2. So Zack and Dave Sargent obliged donning the Blues.
Gravesend applied pressure early on with some good phases of play. The alternate Swans front row of Elvis Michael Murray, Pierre du Toit hooking and ralph walpole had plenty of opportunity due to some questionable handling but as ever the Swans pack were dominant in the Scrums throughout.
After a few visits to the oppo 22 a penalty was called and BRIAN WILLIAMS opted for the kick which resulted in a dirty look from Swan Vice Captain, Oaf Mark Armitage. Trust me I said. Lee Evans lined up the ball in windy conditions and…….hit the upright. Damn it.
A break from the Met Police centre following a great run (one of many) from their rampaging 8 Marvin resulted in a try under the sticks about 20 Minutes in against the run of play. A few missed tackles. Converted 0-7.
The Swans continued to press up the field only to lose the ball by some means in the oppo 22 for it to be nudged soundly down the pitch by the Met 10 who was having a great game off the boot.
It was one of these nudges that resulted in the Swans first points. The ball found its way into Stephen Wotton’s hands and he made his merry way up the pitch chased frantically by the oppo back line. Try given. Unconverted…..
A few phases later and a spoiled line out near half way resulted in the Met centre breaking through and offloading to his winger who just managed to crash over for the points. Unconverted.
Swans again pressed into the oppo half reaching the 22 on a few occasions but unable to convert.
A kick return from 10 Carl Sells was chased down by Swans new boy Graham Harvey followed by the oppo centre. Graham managed to keep the ball under control with his feet fly hacking it from the 10 all the way to the try line at which point the oppo lunged at the ball, hitting Graham, missing the ball for it to bounce backwards into the waiting arms of supporting runner Stephen Wootton. 3 tries for the Swans in 2 games. The kick was converted well by Swanley Lee Evans to the cheers of the watching Swannies given recent hiccups from the tee.
Half time 12-12. A couple of replacements allowed the return of Trigger Gary Head at 2nd row and Sicknote Neil Miller took over at 15. Dave Sargent remained with the Met Police and to be honest was one of their stand out players. How very dare him. Zack had a great 30 minutes but some Gravesend lump landed on his knee and broke him.
The Met front row who to their credit were lacking in experience succumbed to the half and requested uncontested scrums. Swanley Lee Evans offered up to hook for the Met knowing going uncontested would result in the Swans greatest weapon being muted. Babylon Jamie Rayner managed to get away from work to replace him at scrum half against his brothers in blue.
The Swans now suitably charged up ready to go back at it found the oppo to be seemingly re-energised. Their ball carrier Marvin at 8 made some great runs but was met time and time again by the Swans defence. A penalty for the Swans and a nice kick from Jamie Rayner resulted in a line out on the oppos 10. This was deftly caught by Trigger Gary Head and a maul set up that not only looked good but managed to trundle up the pitch for a good 30 metres into the 22. Several metres from the line 10 Carl Sells decided to join BRIAN WILLIAMS at the back of the maul to give it some additional momentum. The Met Police hit the maul hard and as it slowed to a halt at 3 metres out, Captain BRIAN WILLIAMS supported by Carl Sells broke off the scrum to force their way over the line under the considerable pressure of the remaining defenders. Jamie Rayner called for the kicking tee which arrived and the left as he apparently cant kick off telescopic tees……tut. Backs I tell ya!
He easily converted from a lovely drop kick and promptly chastised his father Rayner Snr who was facing the other way watching the first team shouting ‘Rayner your Son is playing on this pitch’.
Toys suitably thrown the Swans returned to the game with steely determination in defense and managed the game towards its final play. Ball won at Swans scrum tossed to Carl Sells at 10 upon hearing last play, booted it out of play for a great win against a good Met side of whom we alwqys have a close well-mannered game played in great spirits.
So Swans beat league leaders, meaning Swans take top position on the table for now. Some good rugby that can only get better.
A week off before Footscray II away.

OMW Skills Series: 2-ball touch

Key moments

Try Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend 5's
Try Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend 5's
Conversion Lee Evans kicks a conversion for Gravesend 5's
Try BRIAN WILLIAMS scores for Gravesend 5's
Conversion Jamie Rayner kicks a conversion for Gravesend 5's


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55:00 Try 17 - 0
BRIAN WILLIAMS scores for Gravesend 5's
55:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Jamie Rayner kicks a conversion for Gravesend 5's
40:00 Sub On
Gary Head is substituted on for Gravesend 5's
40:00 Sub On
Neil Miller is substituted on for Gravesend 5's
40:00 Sub Off
Dan Wicks is substituted off for Gravesend 5's
40:00 Sub Off
Adrian Perrett is substituted off for Gravesend 5's
End of period 1
35:00 Try 10 - 0
Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend 5's
35:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Lee Evans kicks a conversion for Gravesend 5's
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend 5's
20:00 Missed Conversion
Lee Evans misses a conversion for Gravesend 5's
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gravesend 5's
  • Met Police
  • 0
  • Stephen Wootton Try 20:00'
  • Stephen Wootton Try 35:00'
  • Lee Evans Conversion 35:00'
  • Gary Head Sub On 40:00'
  • Neil Miller Sub On 40:00'
  • Dan Wicks Sub Off 40:00'
  • Adrian Perrett Sub Off 40:00'
  • BRIAN WILLIAMS Try 55:00'
  • Jamie Rayner Conversion 55:00'

Team selection

Wicks, Dan Wicks, Dan
Mould, Connor Mould, Connor
Wootton, Stephen Wootton, Stephen
Feighery, Jamie Feighery, Jamie
Harvey, Graham Harvey, Graham
Sells, Carl Sells, Carl
Evans, Lee Evans, Lee
Moore, Gareth Moore, Gareth
Ormes, Nick Ormes, Nick
Armitage, Mark Armitage, Mark
Perrett, Adrian Perrett, Adrian
walpole, ralph walpole, ralph
du Toit, Pierre du Toit, Pierre
Murray, Michael Murray, Michael

League round up

Other Master Brew results

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Askeans 2's


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Old Alleynians 5's 12 43
2. Gravesend 5's 11 41
3. Met Police 13 39
4. Southwark 3's 11 37
5. Charlton Park 4's 11 24
6. Dartford Valley 2's 10 16
7. Foots Cray 2's 11 12

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