Sat 25 Nov 2017

Bromley RFC
Old Dunstonian RFC

Bromley overcame a spirited fight back from Old Dunstonians in this local derby which saw the visitors grab a losing bonus point in the later stages of the game.  Old Dunstonians were missing two players from last week, both breaking legs in a most unfortunate turn of events against Trojans and we wish them both speedy recoveries.  The Bromley line up also had some changes and it is a credit to coaches Tom Standfield and Joe Simpson and of course the players that Bromley seem to be able to take these on board and continue to play a consistently good standard of rugby.

Bromley got off to a bright start with try for George Scott after just 5 minutes, but Steve Pillow missed the conversion, one of several kicks he missed during the game.  Bromley looked that bit sharper than ODs in the opening exchanges, demonstrated by their second try after about 14 minutes.  Tom Powell fielded a kick ahead and ran straight back at ODs.  He found Chris Copper in support and his well-timed pass enabled Mike Haissell to cross the line and run around under the posts making the conversion a formality for Steve Pillow.  Any thoughts that Bromley might have had about running away with the game were quickly dispelled though.  They were penalised straight from the kick off, ODs kicked for the corner, won the line out and James Oddy muscled the ball over the line.  Mike Ubee added the points to make it 12-7.

As the game entered the second quarter, Steve Pillow had two penalty chances to extend the lead but both went wide, though on another day they would have been straightforward enough for him.  Bromley had the slope in their favour, but they failed to extend their lead until the very end of the first half.  With five minutes left, Chris Copper made a terrific break and found Neil Wardingley in support just metres from the line, but he was well taken down by the cover defence.  Bromley kept the momentum going though and a series of phases close to the ODs line came good, Callum Hughton getting the touchdown in the corner.   Steve Pillow missed the conversion, but Bromley turned around looking slightly more comfortable at 17-7 ahead.

There wasn’t much to choose between the two sides in the first quarter of the second half.  Bromley looked to have extended their lead when Tom Standfield crashed over for a try but it was pulled back as he was deemed to have led with his elbow.  For a while, ODs had some pressure of their own on the Bromley line, but they rode the storm and came back up the slope to score an excellent try, with slick handling in the three quarters sending Tom Powell over in the corner.  Steve Pillow missed the conversion, but Bromley were now three scores ahead.  ODs were now chasing the game and whilst their pack were winning them ball, the handling in the three quarters was poor and chances went begging.  They had a period of pressure on the Bromley line but were held up by some good defending.  Bromley might have got some relief when the referee indicated a double movement by an OD ball carrier but in the event he awarded a 5m scrum, from which ODs were awarded a penalty try to make it 22-14.  At this point, another OD score could have spelled trouble for Bromley but the home side conjured a try out of nothing.  Callum Hughton picked up from the base of ruck in the middle of the park and found a huge gap in front of him.  He nearly made the line but he found support in the ever reliable Chris Copper who scored by the posts, leaving an easy conversion for Steve Pillow.

With time running out for ODs, Mike Ubee closed the gap with a very well struck penalty from the 10m line to make it 29-17.  Right at the death, he then gathered his own clever kick ahead to score a try under the posts and with the conversion, that made it 29-24.  There was still time on the clock for the restart and Bromley had to knuckle down and keep ODs at bay.  ODs ran everything at Bromley in a desperate effort to score an equalising try but once again their handling let them down and when the ball went to ground, they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

Given all the changes that Bromley had, both in terms of personnel and positions played, this was a very good team performance.  There were some fine individual performances too.  Tom Standfield had a mighty game; he gave his opposite number a torrid time in the tight and he put himself about to great effect in the loose.  George Scott was sniping here, there and everywhere and constantly asking questions of the opposition.  The versatile Callum Hughton had a fine game at openside flanker and the centre partnership of Chris Copper and Neil Wardingley impressed.

Bromley now have a week off and return to league action when they visit Thanet Wanderers on 9 December, kick off is at 2pm.




Steve Pillow 2C


Iain Gauld


Neil Wardingley


Chris Copper


Tom Powell 2T


Joe Simpson


George Scott 1T


Michael Haissell 1T


Callum Hughton 1T


Sean Beckett


Jonny Leverett


Aiden Devane


Tom Standfield


Charlie White


Jake Moore



Nick Formoy


Dominic Newport


Lewis Carter