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1st Team - Match centre

Oxford
Grove
Full time
N Sevier (2), R Keen, Steve Dixey, J Wallbridge
R Sevier (3)
R Sevier (3)
Sat 18 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties North

Grove vs Oxford (Away) Match report

Grove continue the winning run and score another 5 tries (1 each for the front row!)

Grove continued their try spree with another 5 as they despatched Oxford 40-13 at the southern bypass ground on saturday. Oxford competed well at the ruck all game, sometimes legally, sometimes not, and opened the scoring with a penalty early on from fly half Jon Derrick. Grove captain Nick Sevier replied shortly after with the first of a brace scorching in from 50 metres. Oxford retook the lead with another penalty, but Grove turned around in the lead 6-10 when Richard 'Biff' Keen forced his way over from a lineout drive, the first of an all front row try scoring day for grove.

The 2nd half was a tough one for Oxford, perhaps highlighting their weaknesses, as Grove never really got into top gear but scored another 30 points. Firstly hooker Steve Dixey was on hand from a pass from scrum half John Nedelkoff and scored under the posts, Roger Sevier converting for 6-17. Oxford then started giving penalties away at the ruck and had lock Mark Viner sin binned for his trouble. Sevier punished this and further indiscretions with 3 kicked penalties to make it 6-26 before the Oxford No.8 Alex Henk barrelled his way over for a good try, following the only period of sustained pressure they had, but also running through some fairly weak tackling, Derrick converting to make the score 13-26. It wasn't until late in the half that Grove scored again, but when prop Jimmy Wallbridge took a quick tap penalty on the 22, he only had eyes for the line and ran through 3 tackles before forcing himself over for the bonus point try and a score of 13-33 with the conversion from Roger Sevier. Nick Sevier scored his second with the last move of the game, outpacing the defence with another long run-in, and brother Roger once again converted to make the final scoreline 13-40 to Grove.

Grove could have coped better with a team that were intent mainly on disruption, but still managed to win comfortably and secured that valuable bonus point. Another of last years colts, Martin Walsh, made his 1st team debut at prop, and with the scrum once again dominant, had a fairly easy day.
The rumour was that the referee had requested the Grove scrum stop pushing so hard as it was becoming dangerous!....all the coach has to say to that is....Keep up the good work lads! All this without Kerrsy too.....and Joe's kicking......

Grove Scores
Tries - N Sevier 2, Keen, Dixey, Wallbridge
Conversions - R Sevier 3
Penalties - R Sevier 3

Grove team
Wallbridge, Dixey, Keen, Miles, Weaving, Fredericks, Chapman, Bellinger, Needlekoff, R Sevier, Harrington, Nicholl, N Sevier, Peel, Carr, subs - Walsh, Law, Clare

Key moments

21:00
Try Nick Sevier scores for Grove
39:00
Try Richard Keen scores for Grove
40:00
Penalty Roger Sevier kicks a penalty for Grove
41:00
Penalty Roger Sevier kicks a penalty for Grove
55:00
Penalty Roger Sevier kicks a penalty for Grove
70:00
Try Steve Dixey scores for Grove
71:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
75:00
Try Jimmy Wallbridge scores for Grove
76:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
80:00
Try Nick Sevier scores for Grove
80:00 +1:00
Conversion Roger Sevier kicks a conversion for Grove
Replay game

As it happened

  • Oxford
  • Grove
  • 0
  • Nick Sevier Try 21:00'
  • Richard Keen Try 39:00'
  • Roger Sevier Penalty 40:00'
  • Roger Sevier Penalty 41:00'
  • Roger Sevier Penalty 55:00'
  • Steve Dixey Try 70:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 71:00'
  • Jimmy Wallbridge Try 75:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 76:00'
  • Nick Sevier Try 80:00'
  • Roger Sevier Conversion 80:00 +1:00'

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League round up

Other Southern Counties North results

Beaconsfield
21
20
Windsor
Chipping Norton
3
42

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Swindon 22 94
2. Aylesbury 22 84
3. Wootton Bassett 22 81
4. Milton Keynes 22 79
5. Beaconsfield 22 69
6. Grove 22 67
7. Windsor 22 49

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