Match Report – Vikings Vs. Guernsey – 25th November, 2023

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Guernsey shatter Vikings’ hopes 14-22 as the clock ran out

Guernsey kicked off towards the Viking Rooms into a blustery wind but with the sun behind them.  Action started immediately.  A chip kick followed a strong break from Vikings’ Connor Dudley.  The chase over the line was obstructed.  Referee Jack Sutton awarded a  penalty try and a Guernsey yellow card with barely a minute gone.

A period of indeterminate play followed. Until in the 14th minute Dudley made another strong break from his own 22m line all the way to Guernsey’s 22.  There he was hauled down, the ball going forwards as he was trying to force a pass to his supporting wing Tawanda Kandemwa.

In the 22nd minute a Guernsey line out on the Vikings 5m line was driven over the try line but the ball was held up.  However from the goal line drop out Guernsey worked the ball out to wing Ethan Smith who scored unconverted.  Smith improved this four minutes later.  Intercepting a looping Vikings pass in the centres outstripped the defence for a try converted by Ciaran McGann.

Towards the end of the first half the Vikings were pressing but poor handling was losing them possession and opportunities.  There was no further score however and the  first half ended with the Vikings trailing 7-12.

The second half started in persistent rain accompanied by the ever present gusty wind.

In the first five minutes Tawanda Kandemwa made a good break and took play up to the Guernsey 5m line.  The Vikings continued to attack and were given two penalty kicks in quick succession.  Both were attempts at goal and both were driven wide by the wind and rain.

The conditions were making ball handling difficult and Guernsey were quick to capitalise on any Vikings’ mistakes.  Assisted by the wind, they were holding most of the good field positions.

On 60 minutes Guernsey’s Kieran Creber scored unconverted, punishing a Vikings’ knock on.  From the restart the Vikings put heavy pressure on the Guernsey try line.  At the 64 minute point, following this heavy pressure, Leo Langbridge burst through heavy traffic for a try converted by Ross Magnus.

This made it 14-17, a score from which the Vikings could win or at least secure a losing bonus point but they would have to up their game.

However, for the rest of the match, the majority of the possession and territory went to Guernsey.  But the 14-17 score held until the 84th minute when a penalty to Guernsey led to a 5m lineout on the Vikings line.  From this Brad Webb scored Guernsey’s bonus point try and shattered the Vikings hopes of their first league points of the season.

The final score was a well deserved 14-22 to Guernsey.  The Vikings failed to capitalise on their opportunities and turned over the ball too often.  Mistakes which were punished severely by Guernsey,

At the end Niall Lear said “Disappointing.  Guernsey came to win and we made too many mistakes both in attack and defence.”  Niall’s Lacons Brewery Man of the Match for the Vikings was debutant Archie Bryan.

 

Referee: Jack Sutton

Vikings: 15 Dan Smith (C), 14 Tawanda Kandemwa, 13 Archie Bryan, 12 Ross Magnus, 11 Harry Steward, 10 Harry Langbridge, 9 Connor Dudley, 1 Callum Howe, 2 Pieter De Lange, 3 Tim Weber, 4 Hudson De Lucci, 5 Billy Tait, 6 Leo Langbridge, 7 Jobe Brooks, 8 Charlie Fethney.

Replacements: 16 Russell Arnold, 17 Tobias Sokia, 18 James Baldwin, 19 Benji Hewitt, 30 Lucas Atherton

Interchanges: Russell Arnold for Callum Howe (53m), Brnji Hewitt for Tawanda Kandemwa (55m), James Baldwin for Billy Tait (57m), Billy Tait for Hudson De Lucci (55m), Callum Howe for Tim Weber (73m), Lucas Atherton for Harry Langbridge (76m)

Scorers

Tries: penalty (1m),  Leo Langbridge (63m)

Conversions: Ross Magnus (63m)

Guernsey: 15 Charlie Simmonds, 14 Niall McGann, 13 Ciaran McGann, 12c Tom Teasdale, 11 Ethan Smith, 10 Charlie Davies, 9 Sam Boyland, 1 Jamie Dunn, 2 Phillip Le Noury, 3 Charlie Currie, 4 Hugo Culverhouse, 5 Bradley Webb, 6 Jim Burger, 7 Matt Creber, 8 Dominic Rice.

Replacements: 16 Tom Bray, 17 Jonathan Phelan, 18 Kieran Williamson, 19 Dale Rutledge, 20 Kieran Creber

Scorers:

Tries: Ethan Smith (23m, 27m), Kieran Creber (60m), Brad Webb (84m)

Conversions: Ciaran McGann (27m)

 

Richard Hewitt

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