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Dorking 29 Swans Staines 17
Saturday 1st October 2011
National League 3 London & SE

On a tremendous day for rugby, with the sun beating down hard the players all knew they were in for a tough day at the office.

The game started well for the Staines Swans attacking down the hill against the League leaders, with Chris West challenging for the ball from the Kick off. This created a platform for Jason Lee at scrum half to engage the backline early into the game. This was rewarded when with only 2 mins on the clock, some clever play gave the away team a line out 10 meters out from the home team try line. A good clean ball of the top of the line by captain Tom Cleary, gave open side Will Samuels a clean run to the line to score under the post. The try was duly converted by full back Michael Forster.
From the restart Dorking were looking to attack and keep Staines in there half. This pressure was to tell when on the 5 min mark Staines open side Samuels tackled hard but could not move away. This led referee Verwyn Boscawena no alternative but to award a penalty. Mat Noble stepped up to kick the penalty and bring the scores to 7-3.
The Swans lost Samuels on the 24 min mark to a shoulder injury, after some hard-hitting defencensive work. Mat Thomas came on into a game earlier than planned, that was now starting to build some momentum for the Home team.
Again Staines failed to keep there discipline at the set piece which gave the Dorking number 10 Noble 2 more converted penalties to give the home team a lead of 7-9 with 36 mins gone. Much to the joy of the very vocal home supporters.
With Staines awaiting the half time whistle and a chance to cool off in the dressing room. Dorking worked a line out just inside the away teams 22meters. This gave a chance for the home team forwards to score by switching play from the line out to open side Harry Watts to score down the blind side unchallenged. Noble missed the conversation. This sent the two teams in for a well-earned break from the sun, 14-7 to the home side.

Staines received the high ball from the restart. With Junior Harrison fired up from the half time team talk, taking his massive strides into the advancing Dorking defensive line.
Staines now had the momentum with fly half Andy Regan taking the ball well and moving the ball swiftly along the Staines back line to bring center Mickey Wilmott into the half.
The home team counter rucked at the break down, were after some player exchanges referee Boscawena decided that Staines replacement Thomas had interfered at the break down. The Yellow card was shown and Noble stepped up to continue the woe with kicking the 3 points from the resulting penalty.
With the advantage of the slope, the Dorking No13 broke the away teams defensive line. Supported by the pacy Watts who scored in the corner. To take the score to 22-7, with 30 mins still to go. Staines rallied well in so much as gaining a penalty in the Dorking 22 meter zone after indiscipline at the break down by the home teams forwards. Chris Wells took over the kicking duties to make the score 22-10.
Dorking Capt and talisman Armand Roux rallied his team to take the game to Staines.
As the game developed, the heat started to get to some of the players. At the set piece scrum, Dorking started to gain the advantage with Tom Bristow just starting to get the upper hand over veteran Staines prop Gils Walker.
With Watts working of the back of the scrum, this gave the room for Roux to score from a set of short drives. Noble converted to bring the score to 29-10 on the 59th min.
Staines where not out of the game yet, with Harrison once again driving hard into the Dorking defence. This created the opportunity for offload passes to the supporting players. This is from where Mark Smith replacement for Jack Crehan took full advantage and broke away from the fleeting tackle of the Dorking full back to score under the posts. The conversation was taken and slotted by Forster. Time was Staines enemy at this stage of the game, with Ref Boscawena blowing the final whistle to signal the end of the game at 29-17 to the home side.

Director of Rugby Rod Jermy said after the game "although Staines lost the game, the spirit and skill shown was a massive step forward in our development as a team. A massive credit to head coach Greg Knights and all the guys in these conditions".

Forster, Crehan, Wilmott, Wells, Staniforth, Regan, Lee; Walker, Filbey, Cox, Cleary, Harrison, Boyd, Samuels, West, Thomas, Bachour, Smith

Saturday 8th October
Staines Swans home to Tonbridge 3.00 KO
Staines Cobs away to Roslyn Park 3XV 3.00 KO
Staines Ducks home to London Cornish 2XV 3.00 KO