Match Report – Vikings Vs Tonbridge Juddians, 24th February 2024

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Saturday 24 February 2024, Scottow

 

Juddians build match-winning lead in ten minutes

A series of promising performances, against teams even higher in the league than Tonbridge, meant optimism was high at Scottow on Saturday. This optimism faded almost as fast as the late winter sunshine as the Juddians scored three converted tries in the first ten minutes. The first on two minutes and second on six came from what we were to find out was the trademark maul. The third was built on an extended period of quality possession. 0-21

The Vikings saw very little of the ball in the first quarter, and when they did a penalty or failed kick saw any territory gained surrendered in a moment. Tonbridge continued their scoring with a forward’s try on 21 minutes, fly-half White hitting the post with the attempted conversion. 0-26

The final ten minutes of the half did bring some glimmers of encouragement. Lucas Atherton produced the best kick of the game to clear Tonbridge from the Vikings’ half, and a follow up penalty kicked for touch saw Vikings gain possession five metres from the Tonbridge line for the first time. Two failed line out moves later, Tonbridge released the pressure and promptly scored their final try of the half! Half time: 0-31

The Vikings needed a strong second half, so kicking the restart straight into touch was not ideal! Tonbridge patiently built one of their sustained periods of possession, and opened the scoring for the second half with another forwards’ try. 0-38

Then on 51 minutes the Vikings were finally rewarded for their hard work, finishing off what had been their best period with a try for Henly Brightman, who shook off two defenders while charging for the line; Atherton scoring the conversion. 7-36

Another forwards’ try completed Tonbridge’s scoring on 60 minutes. The scoreline reflected the play so far. 7-45

There was no doubting the Vikings’ efforts, and despite the punishment that the Tonbridge pack had given them, it was the home team that finished the match the stronger. A well-worked try on 70 minutes saw Tawanda Kandemwa romp home with space to spare, and on 77 minutes Connor Dudley finished smartly from Harry Langbridge’s sweeping run. 17-45

Although the result was not in doubt, the Vikings pressured the Tonbridge line in overtime hoping to score the fourth – and bonus point – try; but a penalty conceded brought the match to an end. Full time: 17-45

Director of Rugby Niall Lear gave the Lacon’s Brewery man of the match award to Danny Whittred, making his full debut today. He was left ruing the fact that his team had gifted such a strong start to the opposition. There were lots of positives, but the Vikings will need to maintain those for the full 80 minutes in order to start winning matches.

Scorers:

North Walsham: tries – Brightman (51) Kandemwa (70) Dudley (77).

Conversions: Atherton (52).

Tonbridge: tries – Newey (2) Osgood (6, 38) Packman (10) Luke (21) Reid (46) Scopes (60).

Conversions: – White (3, 7, 11) Evans (47, 61).

Penalties:

Teams:

North Walsham: 15. Lucas Atherton, 14. Harry Steward, 13. Dan Smith ( c ), 12. Ross Magnus, 11. Tawanda Kandemwa; 10. Harry Langbridge, 9. Alfie Coop; 1. Tim Weber, 2. Ewan Kingdon, 3. Henly Brightman; 4. Ethan Holmwood, 5. Billy Tait; 6. Danny Whittred, 7. Jobe Brooks, 8. Leo Langbridge. Replacements: 16. Russell Arnold (for Brightman, 71 minutes), 17. Mark McCall (unused), 18. Benji Hewitt (Magnus, 60), 19. Connor Dudley (Coop, 42), 20. Freddy Snary (Atherton, 52).

Tonbridge Juddians: 15. Ryan Taylor-Dennehy; 14. Howard Packman, 19. Shadyn Osgood, 12. James Newey, 13. Duncan Tout; 10. Tom White, 9. Luca Petrozzi; 1. Luke Boon, 2. Elliott Luke, 3. Reece Conlon; 4. Alfred Scopes, 5. Ryan Munnelly; 6. Alex Reid, 7. Tom Nicoll, 8. William Colderick. Replacements: 16. Ben Mutch (for Conlon, 40 minutes), 17. Perry-John Parker (Boon, 55), 18. William Holling (Colderick, 55), 11. Tom Kendrick (Tout, 56), 20. Sam Evans (White, 23).

Referee: Conor Boyle

 

Seb Sutcliffe

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