Happy re­turn per­fect away

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Rugby -

The term ‘ win­ning ugly’ was surely de­signed for this Can­ter­bury per­for­mance but they will not be com­plain­ing after ex­tend­ing their run of vic­to­ries in National 2 South to five, writes David Haigh.

It may not have been the most im­pres­sive out­ing but the city side have now won all three of their games away from home and that is no easy thing in a highly-com­pet­i­tive league.

Against newly- pro­moted Wim­ble­don, still ad­just­ing to the de­mands of a higher level, it might have seemed like a rou­tine as­sign­ment.

But in a dis­ap­point­ing first half Can­ter­bury lacked the ac­cu­racy and at times the en­ergy to put their stamp on the game.

They held the whip hand at scrum and li­ne­out but Wim­ble­don’s sharp work at the break­down served them well and the only points came from an Ol­lie Best penalty goal.

They sur­vived a yel­low card for scrum half Dan Smart but could make noth­ing of the sin-bin­ning of Wim­ble­don’s Ben Hough.

Mat­ters im­proved four min­utes into the sec­ond half when the back di­vi­sion at last dis­cov­ered some rhythm and swift han­dling opened the way for a Char­lie Kings­man try which Ol­lie Best con­verted.

In the 55th minute the lead was pushed to a com­fort­able 17 points through a sec­ond con­verted try and, with Wim­ble­don of­fer­ing only iso­lated threats in at­tack, Can­ter­bury ap­peared at ease with them­selves.

It was a good try, cre­ated by Smart’s box-kick and pres­sure put on the home de­fence by the chas­ing Harry Say­ers.

A bounc­ing ball ran loose and Tom Best was on it in a flash to leave brother Ol­lie a sim­ple con­ver­sion. What could go wrong? Well, two min­utes later

Pic­ture: Phillipa Hil­ton

Ol­lie Best

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