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Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Dorking 26 v 11 Brentwood (London & South East Premier Division) 6th January 2019


Improved performance not enough for Brentwood

Brentwood’s defeat at the hands of Dorking on Saturday was a perfect example of their stop start season so far. Competitive throughout and dominant in large parts of the game, a combination of lack of precision and dogged home defence saw them come away from Surrey pointless and sitting in a precarious position in the league. This, again, was a game that they should have won but they should take great heart from the fact that they outplayed a very good team for long spells and but for an inexplicable drop of the ball in the act of scoring a try that would have put them 1 point behind with 5 minutes to play they should have had at the very least taken a bonus point from the game.

An even first 40 minutes saw both sides score well worked tries, Brentwood’s being a reall team effort. A well won line out on halfway saw move through the backs put Charlie Wilkinson free on the wing, George Bassenger collected his inside pass and powered through a tackle to free Adam Thomas up to continue his fine try scoring run. With the conversion missed, as well as a number of scoring opportunities in a dominant 20 minute period, Brentwood took a narrow 7-8 lead into halftime.

It was a similar story in the second half, multiple chances came and went. In truth they were created by some scintillating rugby. Ed Hornby, the best player on the pitch, opened up the home defence time and time again but the final pass never stuck. Wilkinson beat 5 players but was held up over the try line and Bradley Burr should have scored after neatly sidestepping the last man but fumbling the ball with no one near him. It was to be a costly error as Dorking scored late on to put a false look to the scoreboard. They had visited Brentwood’s 22 only 4 times in the second half scoring 3 tries, one an intercept and two well finished team tries.

BRFC v Dorking Jan 18
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The team must look at the positives from this game, they outplayed Dorking for long stretches despite being second best in the set pieces. They have a difficult run of games coming up, starting with Sidcup at home this Saturday but with a little luck and more patience they should see themselves move out of the bottom three.

Team: Bevans-Royston, Richards, Visser, Aldous, Suttle, Killington, Amato, Bassenger, White, Burr, Wilkinson, Thomas, Hornby, Batty, Lucas-Roast Subs: Garnett, Whaley, Galligan.

Key moments

Try Adam Thomas scores for Brentwood
Penalty Bradley Burr kicks a penalty for Brentwood
Penalty Bradley Burr kicks a penalty for Brentwood

Videos and photos

BRFC v Dorking Jan 18
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BRFC v Dorking Jan 18


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60:00 Penalty 0 - 11
Bradley Burr kicks a penalty for Brentwood
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Bradley Burr kicks a penalty for Brentwood
22:00 Try 0 - 5
Adam Thomas scores for Brentwood
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dorking
  • Brentwood
  • 0
  • Adam Thomas Try 22:00'
  • Bradley Burr Penalty 35:00'
  • Bradley Burr Penalty 60:00'

Team selection

Lucas-Roast, Thomas Lucas-Roast, Thomas
Wilkinson, Charlie Wilkinson, Charlie
Hornby, Edward Hornby, Edward
Thomas, Adam Thomas, Adam
Batty, Liam Batty, Liam
Burr, Bradley Burr, Bradley
White, James White, James
Amato, Ben Amato, Ben
Aldous, Billy Aldous, Billy
Bassenger, George Bassenger, George
Suttle, Dan Suttle, Dan
Killington, James Killington, James
Visser, Tijde Visser, Tijde
Richards, Jack Richards, Jack
Bevans-Royston, Joel Bevans-Royston, Joel

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Sidcup 26 65
9. Dorking 26 65
10. CS Stags 1863 26 64
11. Guildford 26 62
12. Chingford 26 49
13. Brentwood 26 38
14. Shelford 26 13

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