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1st XV - Match centre

Gravesend
Beckenham
L Bryne-Stevens, F Tuinasakea
Tries
E Ikediashi, J McDowall, J Santamaria, K Orelaja
G Bruce
Conversions
L Richards (4)
G Bruce
Penalties
L Richards
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time Attendance 320

Level 1 of 22 Completed

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Beckenham secure bonus point win away at Gravesend

Gravesend (A) - 08/09/18

Having been relegated from London 1 last season, Gravesend were coming into this game with a point to prove. But, so did Beckenham, having lost 99-0 on our last visit to Rectory Field. From the first minute we knew it would be another tough game, as we were greeted by a hostile crowd on a lovely afternoon for rugby.

Gravesend won the toss and decided to kick off to us, with the wind behind them. It wasn't the best start for skipper Liam Markey who dropped the kick off. From the resulting play Gravesend used their forwards to drive us back into our 22. Drawing our defence in, which presented the chance for their 10 the chance to put in a cross field, which was well executed, falling in to the hands of their winger who dived over in the corner, kick converted,and we were quickly down 7-0 within the first few minutes. Minutes later however, Beckenham struck back, straight from the kick off. A great kick chase and electric line speed (which was typical of Beckenham all day) put Gravesend on the back foot, this pressure resulted in us being awarded a penalty, due to outstanding work at the breakdown from Hans Laud-Anderson (the first of many for the eventual MOM). Having kicked to the corner, the resulting line out, set up a rolling maul, which marched Gravesend over their line in the corner, with Ebenezer Ikediashi forcing his way over, kick converted by Louis Richards, 7-7, game on.

1st XV - Gravesend (A) 08/09/18
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The game became quite scrappy at this point, with both teams giving the ball away, with the breakdown being strongly contested with Hans and James Curr as usual. Beckenham then clicked! a great break from James Cleverly and an offload to Ebenezer Ikediashi saw us break into Gravesends half, working hard around the breakdown, Gravesend were forced further into their own half off the back of some powerful carries from debutants Josh Smith and James Blackmore. The ball was then spread wide across the back line, with full back Kk making a break. After drawing in two defenders the Full Back created the gap for James Curr, who then popped the ball to Jamie McDowall , who darted through to finish off a lovely team try under the posts, with the 2 points being added by Louis Richards, 7-14 to Beckenham.

From the kick off, Gravesend came straight back at us, using their dangerous ball carriers to push us back into our 22. An overlap out wide left centre Louis Richards isolated, with no choice but to go for the interception, it nearly came off, but unfortunately ended up in the ball being knocked on, resulting in a penalty and yellow card for Louis, leaving us down to 14. Gravesend oped for the scrum, planning on a walk over, which they nearly got, but, Beckenham collapsed the scrum resulting in another penalty, they opted to scrum again, but, this time Beckenham won the penalty and kicked clear. Gravesend continued to attack the Beckenham line, putting the team under significant pressure, but, as it was all day our defence was solid. A lapse in concentration at the breakdown however, resulted in Gravesend being awarded a penalty, which was duely converted by the fly half. Half time. 10 - 14 to the blue and gold.

Beckenham came out raring to go, with 14 men we were dominating, Louis came back on just in time to kick a penalty over, gained through consistent pressure, 10-17. Minutes passed and Gravesend won a penalty in midfield and being behind, opted to kick for the corner. Gravesend's well organsied lineout secured the ball and set up a maul, causing Beckenham to give away a penalty for side entry. Gravesend's powerful winger, who had been one of their standout performers throughout the game, used his initiative to take the quick tap and blasted his way over in the corner. Conversion missed leaving it 15-17 to Beckenham.

At this stage the crowd was probably thinking, please don't do another Beckenham! and we didn't. After some battling in the middle of the park, Beckenham kicked it deep, JP Santamaria chased, putting a hit in on his opposite number, who spilled the ball, this fell straight to Santamaria who picked up to dot down in the corner. Louis Richards, who had a great game from the boot, again converted, extending Beckenhams lead to 15-24.

Late in the game, Beckenham had the bit between their teeth, with a bonus point just a matter of time. Beckenham continued to kick deep, putting pressure on the back three, with a blue wall quickly closing down any space to get out of their half. Again, the blue and gold stopped them getting out their 22 from the catch and carry. The 9's box kick was charged down by the ever present Hans Laud-Anderson, with the ball falling to Keita Orelaja who charged through to score under the posts, securing the well deserved bonus point, Louis converting to make it 15-31. For the last 15 minutes Gravesend put Beckenham under huge pressure, with their powerful ball carriers battering the Beckenham defensive line, but, our defence held strong with the gruelling pre season regime paying off, holding them out until the Full Time whistle.

FT Gravesend 15 - 31 Beckenham

A first win for Beckenham, a great start winning away at one of the toughest grounds in the league. Thank you to Gravesend for a great game and good luck for the rest of the season. The team will take plenty of positives from the game, especially the very impressive debuts from Josh Smith, Ben Petty and James Blackmore. But there is also plenty to work on in the time for next weeks game against Horsham (A) - sure to be another stern test!

Man of the Match - Hans Laud Anderson.

Hans Laud-Anderson

Player of the Match

Hans Laud-Anderson

Key moments

9:00
Conversion George Bruce kicks a conversion for Gravesend
9:00
Try Liam Bryne-Stevens scores for Gravesend
12:00
Try Ebenezer Ikediashi scores for Beckenham
12:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
34:00
Try Jamie McDowall scores for Beckenham
34:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
37:00
Penalty George Bruce kicks a penalty for Gravesend
45:00
Penalty Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
50:00
Try Francis Tuinasakea scores for Gravesend
61:00
Try JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
61:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
63:00
Try Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
63:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham

Videos and photos

1st XV - Gravesend (A) 08/09/18
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Hans Laud-Anderson is awarded player of the match for Beckenham
63:00 Try Assist
Hans Laud-Anderson makes an assist for Beckenham
63:00 Try 15 - 29
Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
63:00 Conversion 15 - 31
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
62:00 Sub Off
James Blackmore is substituted off for Beckenham
62:00 Sub Off
Mike Furness is substituted off for Beckenham
62:00 Sub On
Ben Petty is substituted on for Beckenham
62:00 Sub On
Jordan Dehaarte is substituted on for Beckenham
61:00 Conversion 15 - 19
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
61:00 Try Assist
Craig Thomson makes an assist for Beckenham
61:00 Try 15 - 24
JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
60:00 Missed Penalty
George Bruce misses a penalty for Gravesend
56:00 Missed Penalty
Louis Richards misses a penalty for Beckenham
50:00 Missed Conversion
George Bruce misses a conversion for Gravesend
50:00 Try 15 - 17
Francis Tuinasakea scores for Gravesend
45:00 Penalty 10 - 17
Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Louis Richards is yellow carded for Beckenham
37:00 Penalty 10 - 14
George Bruce kicks a penalty for Gravesend
34:00 Try Assist
James Curr makes an assist for Beckenham
34:00 Try 7 - 12
Jamie McDowall scores for Beckenham
34:00 Conversion 7 - 14
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
30:00 Sub Off
Graham Murray is substituted off for Beckenham
30:00 Sub On
James Cleverly is substituted on for Beckenham
12:00 Try Assist
Liam Markey makes an assist for Beckenham
12:00 Try 7 - 5
Ebenezer Ikediashi scores for Beckenham
12:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
9:00 Conversion 2 - 0
George Bruce kicks a conversion for Gravesend
9:00 Try 7 - 0
Liam Bryne-Stevens scores for Gravesend
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gravesend
  • Beckenham
  • 0
  • Liam Bryne-Stevens Try 9:00'
  • George Bruce Conversion 9:00'
  • Ebenezer Ikediashi Try 12:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 12:00'
  • Liam Markey Try Assist 12:00'
  • James Cleverly Sub On 30:00'
  • Graham Murray Sub Off 30:00'
  • Jamie McDowall Try 34:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 34:00'
  • James Curr Try Assist 34:00'
  • Louis Richards Yellow Card 37:00'
  • George Bruce Penalty 37:00'
  • Louis Richards Penalty 45:00'
  • Francis Tuinasakea Try 50:00'
  • JP Santamaria Try 61:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 61:00'
  • Craig Thomson Try Assist 61:00'
  • Jordan Dehaarte Sub On 62:00'
  • James Blackmore Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ben Petty Sub On 62:00'
  • Mike Furness Sub Off 62:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try 63:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 63:00'
  • Hans Laud-Anderson Try Assist 63:00'

Team selection

Orelaja, Keita Orelaja, Keita
Furness, Mike Furness, Mike
Curr, James Curr, James
Richards, Louis Richards, Louis
Santamaria, JP Santamaria, JP
McDowall, Jamie McDowall, Jamie
Thomson, Craig Thomson, Craig
Blackmore, James Blackmore, James
Laud-Anderson, Hans Laud-Anderson, Hans
Knowles, Andrew Knowles, Andrew
Ikediashi, Ebenezer Ikediashi, Ebenezer
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh
Murray, Graham Murray, Graham
Markey, Liam Markey, Liam
Wynter, Will Wynter, Will
Gravesend
  • 1. Jonathan Luck
  • 2. Warren Mckee
  • 3. Jamie Freeman
  • 4. Thomas Bird
  • 5. Andrew Hampshire
  • 6. Mathew Hewitt
  • 7. George Bowler
  • 8. Stevens Sikivenusi
  • 9. George Bruce
  • 10. Gary Gray
  • 11. Francis Tuinasakea
  • 12. Josevata Turagakula
  • 13. Christopher Brady
  • 14. Liam Bryne-Stevens
  • 15. Ashley Frampton
  • 16. Craig Larney
  • 17. Aaron Rayner
  • 18. Zacari Lewis

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Beckenham 22 96
2. Horsham 22 90
3. Charlton Park 22 87
4. Haywards Heath 22 66
5. Old Colfeians 22 66
6. Gravesend 22 57
7. Deal & Betteshanger 22 50

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