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Staines 13 Swans Civil Service 1863 18
Saturday 10th September 2011
National League 3 London & SE

What was a great day for the Staines Rugby club finished with some disappointment, with a loss to our local rivals Civil service at the Reeves in front of a large vocal crowd.
The day was dedicated as a "Ladies Day" on behalf of "Breast Cancer Care". The team wore a very Pink awareness T-shirt for the warm up to draw attention and support a very important cause.
I would like to say thankyou to Tom Cleary and Duncan McDermid for all their help and to all those who gave up their time and effort to raise money throughout the day.

The game started well for the Swans with the forwards taking up the challenge beset before them, driving hard with the ball in hand into the Civil Service half. Rich Mahony kicked long to put the Civil Service back 3 under pressure, which resulted in a lineout opportunity in side the visitors 22 metre zone.
A good clean ball taken by Tom Cleary from Shanahans throw in created a good platform from which No 8 Kerry Boyd launched an attack to score. This was duly converted by Mahony, to make the score 7-0 to the home side.
An exchange of penalties from both sides led the teams into halftime with a 10-6 advantage to the home team.

The talk at half time from Coach Greg Knights seemed to pick up the Swans. With some good interlinking play from the back line attack of a stolen lineout initiated by Staines lock Nathan Palmer. This forced Civil service to yield to a penalty for offside inside there half. This gave Mahony a chance to increase the score to 13-6, on the 55min mark.
This seemed to motivate the visitors to go for an all attack strategy, moving the ball wide trying to out flank the organized Staines defence. Both Crehan and Mark Smith on the wings both produced brave tackles to stop the barrage. The pressure told as Ref James Sullivan decided that Palmer on the 68 min was not releasing the player and the yellow card was produced.
Eventually from a scrum in the home teams 22 meter area, the loss of a forward gave Civil Service the advantage they needed to break the whitewash. The now motivated away team pushed for the line using some clever link play down the blind side to see Logan to go over in the corner to score.
A good kick from the touchline made the score 13-13, with 10 mins to go.

Staines rallied well with back rower Edbrooke putting a good chase and tackle in just under the opposition posts. After some interim play, it was Civil Service turn to lose a player to the bin.
With only minutes to play the away team broke loose and attacked deep into Staines territory. Staines scrambled to clear their lines with a very timely Clearance from Reagan at fullback.
From the line out Civil went for broke with a driving maul, from were the replacement Bellringer came up triumphantly with the ball to win the game 13-18 to CS Rugby.

The result may not have been as planned, but the day was still a great success for all who participated.

STAINES SWANS were:
Mahony, Smith, Wilmott, Wells, Crehan, Mahony, Robinson: Walker, Shanahan, Bachour, Cleary (capt), Harrison, Palmer, Edbrooke, Boyd, Spellen, Payne, Samuels


NEXT WEEK:
Saturday 17th September
Swans are away to Gravesend in a National 3 game.
Cobs are at home to Luton II 3.00pm KO in a Canterberry Shield league match.
Ducks host Feltham II in a friendly at the Reeves KO 3.00pm