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CS Rugby 1863 41 Swans Staines Swans 26
Saturday 17th December 2011
National League 3 London & SE

Harrison shines a light for the Swans.
Big Junior Harrison scored 2 outstanding tries for Staines on Saturday that set up a chance to win a game that looked lost just before half time.
Civil Service started the much stronger of the two sides, driving hard into the Swans defences from the first whistle. With Scott Hadden at the controls for the home team it was not long before the pressure told and he was given his first opportunity to shoot for goal. Staines now trailing 3-0, Civil again drove for the line from the set piece only for this time the home side second row Van Der Speck coming up with the ball after grounding it over the white wash.
In the ensuing battle, Staines lost scrum half James Robinson, to be replaced by the committed Cameron Meakin. Who was still recovering from playing a tough game for the Cobs prior to this one. Scott Hadden was the thorn in the Swans side through out the half, scoring an intuitive interception mid way through and showing some excellent show and go skills to take the score to 24-0 as the half time approached.
Just as Staines were thinking of what choice words Head Coach Greg Knights was preparing for the break, Civil scored again from clever play out wide from the right wing Ross Yiend.

With referee James King bringing the half to an end, the Swans were looking around for inspiration as Knights called in his troops. By the time the break was over the Staines heads were up, demanding from each other the effort and belief that Captain Tom Cleary expected for the next 40 minutes.

It was only 6 mins into the half with John Kinnell barn storming the Civil defence from some good clean possession just inside the home teams half. From the pick and drive it was the ever improving prop Tom Jones who came up with the ball to score a very important try. Wells conversion gave the Swans a real belief that they could get something out of the game. Civil made 3 substitutions early in the half, which made a big difference especially taking of the injured hooker Smith. This difference was to show when with an of the ball incident, left Referee King no choice but to sin bin the Civil replacement hooker for "dangerous play" and Staines prop Luke Charlton for "retaliation" on the 14 min mark. Having already used their replacement front row the Ref had no option but to insist on "uncontested scrums". This gave the platform that No 8 Cleary had been waiting for to launch attacks from the base of the scrum that Civil had no real answer to. With the ball in hand being driven hard into contact and presented cleanly, scrum half Meakin could give the service the backs had been waiting for all afternoon. Against the run of play the home side were awarded a line out just inside the away teams 22m from the impressive Haddens boot. This result was a drive for the Staines line that resulted in a try for the home sides Lock.
At 34-7 down most teams would have started to think of beer and a warm shower on a cold day. Not Staines. Straight from the kick off, attacking the high ball from Shane Bradyís boot up rose Nathan Palmer to secure the ball. With Meakin barking the orders the pack drove hard for the line, when again the Civil defence folded and the Ref yellow carded the guilty Civil player Van Der Speck. With only 13 men on the pitch, it was the big Staines Lock Harrison who powered his way over the line unopposed to score under the post. With Wells converting the 2 points, some respect had been restored. Wells was now on fire attacking the spaces with the ball in hand, setting up opportunities for debutant winger John Webber to stamp his mark on the game. It was not long before Staines again set up an impressive passage of play. This set up the determined Harrison the chance to score his second try of the game under the post to take the score to 34-21.
There was now a positive noise that had not been heard all day coming from the resurgent Swans team, that must have had the home team supporters asking questions of the own teams chances. With 6 mins to go Staines again drove from a set piece just inside the home team 22m after a great steal by replacement Lock Duncan McDermid. Hit, rip and pop culminated in another try for prop Jones. This time Wells was unable to convert his kick. With time ticking it was the home team now back to 15 players who had the last word of the game scoring next to the post to win the game with a very flattering score line of 41-26.

Civil Service Rugby 1863 41 (29)
Staines 26 (0)

With the Christmas break coming up Staines have something to build on for the first visit of the New Year, with Gravesend coming to the Reeves on the 7th Jan.