Vikings given hard lesson by Sevenoaks
Leading 7-12 and seemingly in control of the game as the first half ended the Vikings’ supporters felt they looked set to record their first win of the season. However the Sevenoaks team came out for the second half determined to win and did. After a fifth Magnus penalty to make it 7-15 the Oaks scored five tries and a penalty without reply to end 43-15 winners.
The first half started with Sevenoaks taking control. Driving into the Vikings’ half the Oaks’ scrum half Finley Davenport broke blind from a scrum, scoring in the corner. The conversion was taken by wing Ben Adams. He only missed one kick in the match, converting four of the other five tries and a penalty in the second half.
The game then turned the Vikings way. They pressed the Oaks heavily, garnering penalty after penalty. During this period Ethan Holmwood stood out with his vigorous defence, and at one point made 25 metres through heavy traffic deep into the Oaks defence. The Vikings scrum, lineout and loose were all operating effectively, providing a good share of the ball.
However the Vikings were unable to pierce the Oaks’ defence for a try. The Oaks did concede many penalties for various offences. Four of these penalties were converted well within the allowed time by Ross Magnus.
At the half, leading 7-12, the Vikings’ supporters were very encouraged by the display so far. They anticipated more of the same in the second half but were denied this.
The second half started with Magnus’ fifth penalty. However in the next play the Oaks broke the Vikings defence to run in a try by centre Charlie Corrigan.
This presaged a sea change in the match. The Oaks took control. Even when, in the 56th and 58th minutes, the Oaks received two yellow cards bringing them down to thirteen men they were still controlling the game and scored a try. Their 36 points in 35 minutes with no reply took the game away from the Vikings. Oaks’ five second half try scorers were: 12 Corrigan, 11 Forrester, 13 Stone, 19 Galligan, 9 Davenport.
It all ended in a 43-15 loss for the Vikings.
At the end Director of Rugby Niall Lear named Ethan Holmwood as Lacon Brewery Man of the Match. He said of the game “All credit to Sevenoaks. They were probably a bit off their game in the first half but came back strongly in the second. Our set piece did better this week, but we are finding it hard to compete consistently at this level. We have lots to think about and work on this week before we meet Westcombe Park at Scottow Park next Saturday.”
North Walsham Vikings: 15 Benji Hewitt, 14 Wesley McGuire, 13 Dan Smith(c), 12 Ross Magnus, 11 Tawanda Kandemna, 10 Harry Langbridge, 9 Connor Dudley, 1 Tim Weber, 2 Mark McCall, 3 Henly Brightman, 4 Ethan Holmwood, 5 James Baldwin, 6 Billy Tait, 7 Jobe Brooks, 8 Leo Langbridge; Replacements: 16 Tobias Sokia, 17 Kit Brodie, 18 Kurt Ehret, 19 Lucas Atherton, 20 Harry Steward
Substitutions: 52m Brodie for McCall, 56m Sokia for Brightman, 64m Atherton for Hewitt, Steward for McGuire, 71m Ehret for Baldwin
Penalties: 9m, 19m, 25m, 31m, 43m Ross Magnus
Drop goals: none
Referee: Tom Bird
Half Time Score: 7-12
Final Score: 43-15
Richard Hewitt 8.10.23