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1st XV - Match centre

Old Emanuel
Gosport & Fareham
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D Holling (2)
Sat 8 Sep 13:30 - London & SE Division - London 2 South West Full time

Old Emanuel vs Gosport & Fareham RFC

Potential following defeat

Gosport & Fareham RFC kicked off their 2018 campaign with a 24 -6 defeat away to newly promoted Old Emanuel.

Despite Gosport’s pre-match optimism they, by their own admission, started slowly and struggled to get into the game. In fact for the first 25 minutes Gosport laboured to even get out of their own half!

OE’s dominance in that first period saw them take an early 7-0 lead through a converted try 8 minutes in. Gosport stuck hard at the task though and began to get into the match, however, a high tackle from Gosport’s Kieran McRoberts brought about the match's only yellow card on 34 minutes. OE’s extra number on the pitch failed to give them an advantage though and it was Gosport who struck next through a penalty from Dom Holling late in the first half.

The second half started as the first ended with the tide appearing to be in Gosport’s favour and they were brought to within 1 point of OE with a second penalty from Dom Holling 5 minutes in. Unfortunately, this proved to be Gosport’s last points of the day and despite having a lot of possession and looking to play quality rugby, a number of mistakes led to two more OE tries in the 52nd and 75th minutes.

The final 5 minutes of the match saw OE trying desperately to score their 4th try. Gosport’s defence worked valiantly to keep them out and on three occasions OE thought they had got over the line only to be told that the ball had been held up. Unfortunately for Gosport the pressure eventually told and OE went over for their 4th and final try in the last play of the game.

The final score line didn’t actually reflect the difference in the two sides. As Head Coach George Hillan explained; “many a time we set up great positions and we just didn’t have that final polish to convert”.

There were a number of stand out performances, in particular Jimmy Wallis at open side flanker covered every blade of grass and must have hit 20+ tackles whilst Tom Lewis was a controlling influence at outside centre.

George also went on to explain that following the match, both the players and the coaching staff were still feeling very positive moving forward. “we all know what they’ve done, and we know what we’ve got to do and we’ll be working hard on Tuesday and Thursday to put those things right in time for our next match”

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Key moments

Try Try for Old Emanuel
Conversion Conversion for Old Emanuel
Penalty Dominic Holling kicks a penalty for Gosport & Fareham
Penalty Dominic Holling kicks a penalty for Gosport & Fareham
Try Try for Old Emanuel
Try Try for Old Emanuel
Conversion Conversion for Old Emanuel
Try Try for Old Emanuel


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80:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Old Emanuel
80:00 Try 24 - 6
Try for Old Emanuel
76:00 Conversion 19 - 6
Conversion for Old Emanuel
75:00 Try 17 - 6
Try for Old Emanuel
53:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Old Emanuel
52:00 Try 12 - 6
Try for Old Emanuel
40:05 Penalty 7 - 6
Dominic Holling kicks a penalty for Gosport & Fareham
End of period 1
0:40 Penalty 7 - 3
Dominic Holling kicks a penalty for Gosport & Fareham
0:34 Yellow Card
Kieran McRoberts is yellow carded for Gosport & Fareham
0:09 Conversion 7 - 0
Conversion for Old Emanuel
0:08 Try 5 - 0
Try for Old Emanuel
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Old Emanuel
  • Gosport & Fareham
  • 0
  • Try 0:08'
  • Conversion 0:09'
  • Kieran McRoberts Yellow Card 0:34'
  • Dominic Holling Penalty 0:40'
  • Dominic Holling Penalty 40:05'
  • Try 52:00'
  • Try 75:00'
  • Conversion 76:00'
  • Try 80:00'

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League round up

Other London 2 South West results

Effingham & Leatherhead
Old Tonbridgians
London Exiles
Old Cranleighan
Old Reigatian


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Twickenham 17 49
7. Old Emanuel 17 45
8. Old Reigatian 17 43
9. Old Cranleighan 17 38
10. Gosport & Fareham 17 25
11. London Exiles 17 21
12. Effingham & Leatherhead 17 15

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