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Hartpury 66- Esher 24: Match Report by Simon Clemmey

Team to face Plymouth:


1.     1.      Karl Furey

2.      Neil Sweeny

3.      Cameron Zeiss

4.      Hugo Seccombe

5.      Cameron Gentles

6.      Tom Yellowlees

7.      Charlie Gossington

8.      Archie White

9.      Andrew Garner

10.     Paul Roberts (c)

11.     Tom James

12.     Sam Stanley

13.     Joe Brown

14.     Joe Beckett

15.     Gabriel Ibitoye

16.     Cameron Leigh

17.     Charlie Burman

18.     Tom Edwards

19.     Stephen Boatman

20.     Calum Waters








Rampant Hartpury run in the tries but Esher leave with a bonus point.


With Christmas and New Year only a memory Esher went to the league leaders hoping to kick start 2017 with a bang, and after the opening exchanges there was a glimmer of hope.

From kick off Esher received and the ball and cleared their line up to the Hartpury 22 and with the lineout won they went on the attack, a short pass into the midfield was collected at pace but was knocked on and Hartpury pounced. They attacked from first phase ball from deep inside their own half to score possibly the best try of the match. The Hartpury hooker spotted a gap in the Esher defence and dummied the up rushing winger before drawing in a defender and putting through their left winger to run in from the halfway line. The conversion was made and the score after 2 minutes was 7-0. They quickly scored a second try and within 5 minutes Esher were 14-0 down.

This sparked Esher into life and they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the next ten minutes with the assistance of some great work at the lineout to steal Hartpury ball. After a penalty for a high tackle Esher went for the lineout. From 5 metres out the ball was secured and Esher drove over with Andrew Garner scoring. The conversion was unsuccessful from out wide. The score was 14-5 with 15 minutes played. Unfortunately for Esher Hartpury bounced straight back and scored a further 4 tries before Esher were able to respond with Tom Williams’ first try of the season. This was somewhat of an opportunist try started at the breakdown were Neil Sweeney won the penalty, Andrew Garner took the quick tap and passed inside to Joe Brown who took the ball up and into the tackle, then with the Hartpury defence scrambling to get back Tom Williams spotted the lack of guard at the breakdown and ran through to score under the posts, the conversion was made and the score read 40-12.

With 3 minutes left in the half Hartpury were reduced to 14 men for a yellow card offence and Esher went in search of another try, and from a driving lineout Neil Sweeney was stopped just short of the try line. Hartpury were able to clear their lines and the half finished, 40-12. Hartpury started the second half as they started the started the first with a try created from inside their own half. Their impressive flanker broke the Esher defence straight from the kick off and ran deep into the Esher half before setting the last defender and passing outside to his scrum half who scored out wide. With the conversion made the score was 47-12. Esher replied quickly with a score made from another driving lineout. This time the drive was halted 3 metres out and Calum Waters (replacement from Andrew Garner at half-time) noticed a lack of defenders on the wing and Tom James scored Esher’s third try of the game. The conversion was missed, the score line was now 47-17.

Esher continued to push for the bonus point try and had Hartpury camped in their half for much of the following 15 minutes and time after time they came agonisingly close to scoring but Hartpury defence remained strong and they capitalised on one Esher error and again ran in a try from their own half on first phase ball. With 25 minutes left Esher trailed 54-17. Esher continued to attack and from a surging break by Hugo Seccombe the ball was recycled quickly to Joe Brown who scored ran in from 5 metres out, to score Esher’s fourth try and secure the try scoring bonus point. The conversion was made and the score with 10 minutes left in the half was 54-24. Hartpury scored a further brace of tries to leave the score at full time 66-24.

This was the first time this season that any club had gone to Hartpury and achieved a try bonus point. Up next is Plymouth, “Come on You EEE’S!” Try Scorers: Andrew Garner, Tom Williams, Tom James and Joe Brown Conversions: Paul Roberts (2) By Simon Clemmey

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