1st XV vs Cinderford at away

  • Competition: National League 2 South 2017/18
  • Squad: 1st XV
  • Date: Saturday 28th of April 2018 15:00
  • Final Score: 12 - 34

Match Report

                                            CINDERFORD  34 CANTERBURY  12

Canterbury’s season ended as it began, with defeat at the hands of a strong and efficient Cinderford who were already crowned National 2 South champions.
It was perhaps asking too much of the city side to repeat the outstanding form of the previous week with four of the back division which decimated Chinnor absent through injury.
That, however, takes nothing away from Cinderford whose consistency has made them worthy title winners and here they made the point by controlling the second half.
The first forty minutes saw the home side establish a narrow lead through tries from Harry Home and Reuben Norville while the city men were frustrated by a team of officials who penalised them at every opportunity. Canterbury were also guilty of passing up an early scoring chance at an attacking lineout but they competed well at the breakdown, turned over ball at crucial times and were still in contention at the interval
The game slipped away from them in the opening ten minutes of the new half when the penalties continued to rain down and Cinderford cashed in with well organised catch and drive scores for hooker Nathan Taylor and a second for Hone.
The loss of Tom Best to a yellow card was another blow but he was soon followed by the home side’s James Elliott and Canterbury began to mount serious pressure. A charged down  kick saw flanker Vaughn Meredith get the city side on the scoreboard, with Alex Miller adding the goal points but Canterbury’s willingness to keep the ball moving then cost them dearly.  Jimmy Williams snapped up a loose pass and sprinted 40 metres for a try converted by half back partner James Moffatt. Although that left them 20 points adrift the city side were not quite finished, creating a try for wing Kieran Thompson after Matt Corker made the initial running..
But this was Cinderford s day and they capped it when wing Kai Little gathered a kick and blasted through mid-field before handing Roger Birkin a late,converted try to underline his team’s champion credentials.   
Canterbury: A.Miller, K.Thompson, JJ Murray, K.Braithwaite, H.Sayers, T.Best, D.Smart, A.Cooper (repl J.Green), T.Rogers (repl J.Otto), A.Wake-Smith, R.Cadman, M.Corker, A.Woodward (repl E.White), V.Meredith, L.Woodbridge (repl C.Townley).

David Haigh

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 30 143
2 Chinnor 30 131
3 Redingensians 30 112
4 Taunton Titans 30 101
5 Redruth 30 89
6 Tonbridge Juddians 30 86
7 Worthing 30 81
8 Bury St Edmunds 30 77
9 Henley 30 73
10 Canterbury 30 72
11 Clifton 30 63
12 Old Redcliffians 30 58
13 London Irish Wild Geese 30 57
14 Barnstaple 30 55
15 Wimbledon 30 50
16 Broadstreet 30 35