Dorking Colts 43 Uckfield Colts 7
By guest reporter David Gwyther - it's hard to be humble when your son scores 4 tries but I think he's pulled it off (Ed).
The Colts season to date has been a series of friendlies involving the entire squad so this game represented the first opportunity for the Colts to show us exactly what they can do in a truly competitive game. They didn’t disappoint.
Uckfield, right from the get go, came out the blocks firing on all cylinders. Their pack, working well together, pushed Dorking into their 22 - which is where the game was played from for the next 6 minutes. The Colts defence held firm and following a turnover, and a wonderful break by Alfie Wainscoat, who was pulled down just 5 metres short of the Uckfield line, the ball was recycled and fed to Archie Coldicott who went over in the corner to score.
Uckfield again came back from the restart full of purpose but the Dorking defence held and, as soon as they had regained possession, Joe Stone ran the ball from his own 22 going through at least 7 of the opposition only to be tackled short of the line but not before offloading to Matthew Gwyther who went over to score. Uckfield probably had 60% of the possession in the first half but the Colts defensive play was superb and they ruthlessly exploited Uckfield’s mistakes. Any attacking moves were shut down very quickly and, notwithstanding the oppositions procession dominance, the Colts turned around at half time 10 nil up.
The slightly disjointed first half for the Colts disappeared just 3 minutes into the second half. A very powerful run by Hector Calder led to an infringement by Uckfield. Finn Rennles reacted with a quick tap and fed Matthew who went over for his second. Just 5 minutes later Dorking continued to pile of the pressure with both forwards and backs combining well and despite Uckfield’s best efforts they simply couldn’t contain the Colts and Matthew went over for his hat trick. Finn added the extras.
The Colts continued where they left off and Finn crossed the line and converted his own try 6 minutes later following a good take in the line out by Raich Hudson and a fabulous drive by the pack.
Uckfield however persevered and did manage to cross the Dorking line and followed it up with a very good conversion from the touch line.
The Colts hadn’t finished yet though and following a penalty, for pushing early in a scrum, Ben Hayes took a quick tap, fed Alfie who drove over for the score. Finn added the conversion. There was time for one more score which came on the back of a touch kick following a penalty, a good line out take, a good drive and ultimately Matthew going over for his 4th try of the game.
Whilst there were some outstanding individual performances, this victory was very much all about team. The Colts as a collective squad have trained well together this year and showed great confidence in each other’s ability to do their job on the field which meant, when they were under attack, that they were able to retreat in a defensive line.
The final score - Dorking 43 Uckfield 7
Matthew Gwyther 4
Finn Rennles 4