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1st XV - Match centre

Old Merchant Taylors'
Stevenage Town
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Tries
D Outram, A Banna
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Conversions
G Lewis
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Penalties
G Lewis
Penalty Try
Sat 4 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - North West 3 Full time

Town stumble at OMT's

Stevenage will be wondering how in a game in which they had by far the majority of possession, they contrived to lose a match that they should have won.

Town proved unable to turn possession into points against an OMT’s side that defended extremely well and took their chances far more effectively than their opponents.

Stevenage played a far too narrow game and for all the fine defending by OMT’s, they were rarely stretched wide on either side of the field, making the job of defending that much easier. An inability to change the game plan, was the undoing of Stevenage.

Stevenage dominated the early exchanges and it was perhaps the writing on the wall that it took twenty minutes to record the first score, when the option to kick at goal was taken, having decided to run two previous penalties in kickable positions. Gareth Lewis slotted home the penalty.

Four minutes later, with Stevenage on the attack, the ball was lost and the very dangerous fly-half Naca Konkinlau ripped the Stevenage defence to shreds as he skipped through to score. The conversion was added.

Konkinlau was a thorn in Stevenage’s side all afternoon with his elusive running.

An indication of the dominance of Stevenage in the first half was that OMT’s conceded eleven penalties and the referee eventually lost patience in the 28th minute when he sent the OMT’s tight head prop to the bin for one too many infringements at the ruck. From the resultant penalty, Stevenage executed an excellent catch and drive and Darren Outram scored to put Town back in front at 7 – 10, after Lewis had added the conversion.

Despite the man advantage, Town were unable to hold on to the lead until half time as OMT’s slotted home a penalty after a tackle infringement and Town failed to retire the necessary ten metres.

Despite Stevenage controlling the half in terms of possession, both sides went into the interval with ten points on the board.

Stevenage also started the second half strongly and retook the lead in the 46th minute. A quick break by Andrew Malins put in Alex Banna to score.

OMT’s best period of the match came in a ten minute spell between the 50th and 60th minutes, during which they scored two converted tries and effectively won the match.

In the 51st minute, Konkinlau took a quick penalty inside his own twenty-two metre line and with Stevenage still retreating he put the replacement winger away, who kicked ahead and took a kind bounce of the ball to score.

This was followed up seven minutes later as OMT’s enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in the Stevenage half and eventually worked an overlap for the centre to score unopposed.

Stevenage found themselves trailing by nine points at 24 – 15 and their situation was made worse when Conor Mitchell was sent to the bin for questioning a decision by the referee.

Stevenage kept the pressure on in the final ten minutes in terms of possession but had few ideas on how to break down the OMT defence. Their only consolation came from the final play of the match when the pressure eventually led to a Penalty Try to at least salvage a losing bonus point from a pretty miserable afternoon.

Stevenage Town Team: Sean Penny, Ian Crompton, Vinny Kevans, Gareth Lewis, George Turvey, Michael Wilson, Andrew Malins, Reece Crucefix (Barry Cook 69 mins), Darren Outram, David Bamber, Conor Mitchell, Adam Amos, Alex Banna, Wes Moore, Phil Pearson (Ben Hodge 61 mins)

Subs not used: Aaron Taylor

Tries: Darren Outram
Alex Banna
Penalty Try

Conversions: Gareth Lewis

Penalties: Gareth Lewis

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Key moments

20:00
Penalty Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town
24:00
Try Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
25:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'
30:00
Try Darren Outram scores for Stevenage Town
31:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
33:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Merchant Taylors'
46:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
51:00
Try Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
52:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'
58:00
Try Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
59:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'

Highlights

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80:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Stevenage Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Conor Mitchell is yellow carded for Stevenage Town
69:00 Sub On
Barry Cook is substituted on for Stevenage Town
69:00 Sub Off
Reece Crucifix is substituted off for Stevenage Town
61:00 Sub On
Ben Hodge is substituted on for Stevenage Town
61:00 Sub Off
Phil Pearson is substituted off for Stevenage Town
59:00 Conversion 24 - 15
Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'
58:00 Try 22 - 15
Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
52:00 Conversion 17 - 15
Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'
51:00 Try 15 - 15
Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
47:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
46:00 Try 10 - 15
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
End of period 1
33:00 Penalty 10 - 10
Penalty kicked for Old Merchant Taylors'
31:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
30:00 Try 7 - 8
Darren Outram scores for Stevenage Town
28:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Old Merchant Taylors'
25:00 Conversion 7 - 3
Conversion for Old Merchant Taylors'
24:00 Try 5 - 3
Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
20:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Merchant Taylors'
  • Stevenage Town
  • 0
  • Gareth Lewis Penalty 20:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Conversion 25:00'
  • Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Darren Outram Try 30:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 31:00'
  • Penalty 33:00'
  • Alex Banna Try 46:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Conversion 52:00'
  • Try 58:00'
  • Conversion 59:00'
  • Phil Pearson Sub Off 61:00'
  • Ben Hodge Sub On 61:00'
  • Reece Crucifix Sub Off 69:00'
  • Barry Cook Sub On 69:00'
  • Conor Mitchell Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Penalty Try 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Grasshoppers 22 86
2. Welwyn 22 82
3. Stevenage Town 22 76
4. O Streetonians 22 67
5. Verulamians 22 65
6. Kilburn Cosmos 22 63
7. Finchley 22 57

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