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Guernsey weather the storm to stop competitive Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks Rugby Club played out a compelling 10-17 loss to Guernsey RFC on Saturday afternoon. Oaks spent the final throes of the match camped out on the visitors’ try line in a mud bath at Knole Paddock but the draw wasn’t to be.

Dense grey clouds moved in overhead in the build-up, and the match started as ominously for Oaks. The skies opened, the rain lashed it down for the entire match and shortly after the kickoff from a line-out move Guernsey barrelled over for a soft try which they duly converted. Seven up and under five minutes gone, it seemed that the lads from the Channel Islands might well have it all their own way.

Oaks had different ideas. They pegged the lead back to 3-7 thanks a Tom Gray penalty and defended robustly against some imposing runs by the Guernsey back three-quarters, their ranging 15 eventually finding the gap to slide over in the corner and repeated the trick some five minutes later, for the visitors to take a 17-3 lead into the break.

The navy and golds, to the extent that you could tell which team was which colour as the mud-caked shirts battled it out, put their shoulder to the wheel. A line-break from Leighton Ralph was held up achingly short. From this field position, and after much pressing, Oaks managed to breach the Guernsey try-line when Richard Adenyi-Jones got onto the end of a fluid move to dive over the line, and Gray secured the extras. 15 minutes to go. 10-17.

Oaks battered the Guernsey try-line time and again. To their credit Guernsey weathered the storm and somehow kept the whitewash in tact, strong body positions on their own line and effective line speed helping to repel the onslaught.

As the referee called time, it was a relieved Guernsey that headed for the warm welcome of the showers. The solitary bonus point for Oaks at least offered up some reward for the toil, and the lads now look forward to a well-earned break from competitive rugby next Saturday, before the renewal of the league derby versus Tunbridge Wells at St Mark’s Recreation Ground on Saturday 9th November, kick off is at 2.30pm.

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