Clin­i­cal Blues re­main the team to chase

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Rugby -

Marck Olive and James Gar­land both grabbed two tries as Whit­stable won com­fort­ably at Eltham to con­sol­i­date their hold on Shep­herd Neame Kent 2. The last time the Blues swept to the top they im­me­di­ately sur­ren­dered the ini­ta­tive but there were no mis­takes in SE9 on a day when con­di­tions were far from con­ducive. Olive scored both his tries in the open­ing 40 min­utes as the Blues opened a 20-point lead and skip­per Ben Cliff said the sec­ond half was all about mak­ing sure they did not give the hosts a way back. He said: “Con­di­tions were hor­ri­ble, the pitch was boggy and it was rain­ing through­out. “We said at the start what we needed to do, we had to tire them out and move the ball as much as we could in the con­di­tions. “Strangely (given the con­di­tions) we did that quite well, there were a lot of passes thrown about. They did not re­ally threaten, they had a few chances but our de­fence was good as it has been all sea­son.” Olive’s open­ing score came in­side the first five min­utes and Gar­land quickly made it 10-0 be­fore fur­ther tries from Olive and An­thony Cair­ney dou­bled the lead and se­cured the bonus point. Gar­land’s sec­ond came from a pass skil­fully flicked off the wrist by prop Luke Pep­per, with Andy Till com­plet­ing the scor­ing on a day when all the con­ver­sions were missed. Cliff said it had been another good team dis­play but did praise the con­tri­bu­tion of 18-year-old winger Will Reid, who is now adding strength to his un­doubted run­ning abil­ity. He added: “At half-time we knew the game was won, we just needed to stay switched on which every­one is do­ing much bet­ter. It’s not a case of ‘we’ve got four tries we can do what we want now,’ we stick to our plans.” Blues head the ta­ble by three points from Foots Cray, with main ri­vals Brock­leians four be­hind with a game in hand. Whit­stable are with­out a game this week­end giv­ing them a week’s rest be­fore their po­ten­tial ti­tle de­cider at home to Brock­leians on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17. The club are also host­ing a VP lunch that day and ex­pect a large turnout.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.