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Westcliff 15 Swans Staines 46
Saturday 3rd September 2011
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Staines rugby club began their campaign into National League South 3 at a very sunny and welcoming newly promoted Essex side Westcliff RFC.

With the wind behind them, the game started well for the Swans with some stern forward play led by Capt Tom Clarey driving hard into the Westcliff half. The Staines back line took advantage of quick ball from scrum half Robinson, who linked well with player coach Rich Mahony at halfback to create opportunities for this pacey back line. On the 10 min mark, the Westcliff centre took advantage of a loose ball to kick on and chase. This culminated in Staines rallying in defence but unfortunately giving away a penalty. This was duly converted by the home team No10 to make the score 3-0.
From the resulting kick off, back row forward John Kinnell challenged and won the ball supported by a now fully committed forward unit. Two short drives put pressure on the Westcliff defence resulting in well taken try from hooker Shanahan. The half was now all Staines with Jack Crehan and Junior Harrison powering across the line to take a well deserved lead of 3-19 into half time break and out of the sun.

Staines started the 2nd half inspired with Dan Walsh and Chris Wells turning over the opposition at the contact area. This gave Robinson a strong platform to use the ball to good effect, creating good go forward for the Mighty Swans. This pressure, with some dynamic handling, took Staines into a 3-31 lead with a try from Chris West and another from the winger, Crehan.
The home team was not out of the game yet. Some clever handling from the No9 at a scrum, linking well with his right wing resulted in a try under the post for the home side.
Not to be out done, from the Rich Mahony restart, Staines centre Samuels pounced onto a loose ball supported by Shanahan who in turn passed to the explosive Edbrooke, to score on his debut.
A consolation try for Westcliff later in the game, gave the home supporters a glimmer of hope. This was short lived as Staines coach Greg Knights made the changes up front, with veteran prop Walker coming on for Walsh and Palmer for the superb Kinnell. Chris West and a bullish run from Harrison at the end, with a conversion from Mahony under the post earned Staines a deserved 15-46 win on the road.

STAINES SWANS were:
Forster, Crehan, Samuels, Wells, Staniforth, Mahony, Robinson, Walsh, Shanahan, Gibson, Clarey (capt), Harrison, Edbrooke, Kinnell, West, Walker, Palmer, Smith.


NEXT WEEK:
Saturday 24th September
Swans are home to Bishops Stortford in a National 3 game.