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1st Team - Match centre

Blackheath
Darlington Mowden Park
M Cooke, M Cooke, F Owen, G Griffiths
Full time
C Wood, G Law (2), J Poole
J Tarrant, J Tarrant, J Tarrant
G Law (2)
J Tarrant, J Tarrant
Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - RFU National - National 1

Mowden Bring Home Try Bonus From High Scoring Game At Blackheath

Late Jordon Poole Try Secures 4 Try Bonus Point for DMP

On a blustery day in the capital, tries were a plenty from both sides, however the home side used the conditions more effectively and errors in the visiting defence in the first quarter conspired towards their downfall.

DMPRFC were down 14 points in first 13 minutes, which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides on the day, but this took nothing away from a good Blackheath RFC side, who defended very well and who took their opportunities when presented.

A wayward attempt at a pass by a visiting defender from a speculative home kick into the DMPRFC did not find the intended recipient, leading to two home attackers exchanging a kick forward and a scoring pass for centre Mark Cooke, who strode in under the posts after 8 minutes of play (5 - 0). The conversion was simple for home fly half Joe Tarrant (7 - 0), who was excellent with the boot all day.

Tarrant again had a hand in the next try, when he manufactured a long kick out of defence which bounced before finding touch and with the visiting lineout malfunctioning, a break from a subsequent scrum saw Cooke score his second after some poor defence allowed him to penetrate the midfield en route to touching down under the posts (12 - 0), Tarrant with another simple conversion (14 - 0).

So an already difficult away fixture for DMPRFC against an improving Blackheath RFC side became an uphill struggle with the visitors playing catch up early doors.

The battle for forward superiority was evenly balanced at lineout and scrummage, but DMPRFC's scrum suffered from a lack of policing of the opposition, who's constant step to the left and wheel remained unpunished all game, forcing the visitors No. 8 Dave Fisher into putting in a hard shift at the base.

DMPRFC forced a lineout deep into home territory and from the subsequent catch and drive, hooker Chris Wood dotted down in reply as the game entered the second quarter (14 - 5).

Just when DMPRFC were enjoying more possession, Blackheath scored in similar fashion from a lineout catch and drive, this time flanker Fred Owen touching down (19 - 5), however this time Tarrant missed his only kick of the day.

Just prior to the break for oranges, Tarrant made amends for the miss with a sweetly struck penalty after DMPRFC were found to be offside (22 - 5).

DMPRFC entered the fray after the break in the knowledge that it was imperative to score first, as if not, the game would quickly become unwinnable.

After four minutes, replacement home gave the visitors added impetus when yellow carded for interfering in a DMPRFC quick tap penalty near the Blackheath line and after a lineout it was some relief that fly half Garry Law touched down after some good interplay between the visiting forwards and backs (22 - 10), converting his own try (22 - 12) to herald some semblance of a fight back.

Tarrant replied with a penalty (25 - 12) extending the home sides lead, but not to be outdone LAW scored his second try (25 - 17) to drag the visitors back into the mix.

Blackheath responded with a try of their own by winger Geoff Griffiths to put the home side further in front (30 - 17), converted by Tarrant (32 - 17).

The killer blow for the visitors, who were still in the game at this stage came in the 66th minute, when the man in the middle awarded the home side a penalty try, when an attacking scrum 5-metres out twisted, as it had done all game and DMPRFC were punished at the first offence (37 - 17), again Tarrant converting (39 - 17).

DMPRFC had the last word with a consolation try which brought with it the bonus point, when replacement hooker Jordan POOLE powered his way over from close range (39 - 22), converted by LAW (39 - 24).

The result meant that Blackheath RFC leap-frogged DMPRFC into third place by one point in in the league, however with other results favourable, DMPRFC retained fourth place.

A big thank you on behalf of the squad, to the travelling support who were, as always, audible throughout.

Dave Fisher

Player of the Match

Dave Fisher

Key moments

8:00
Try Mark Cooke scores for Blackheath
8:30
Conversion Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
12:00
Try Mark Cooke scores for Blackheath
12:30
Conversion Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
26:00
Try Chris Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park
31:00
Try Freddie Owen scores for Blackheath
38:00
Penalty Joe Tarrant kicks a penalty for Blackheath
45:00
Try Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
45:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
50:00
Penalty Joe Tarrant kicks a penalty for Blackheath
62:00
Try Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
66:00
Try Geoff Griffiths scores for Blackheath
66:30
Conversion Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
77:00
Try Jordon Poole scores for Darlington Mowden Park
77:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Dave Fisher is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
77:30 Conversion 37 - 24
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
77:00 Try 37 - 22
Jordon Poole scores for Darlington Mowden Park
66:30 Conversion 37 - 17
Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
66:00 Try 35 - 17
Geoff Griffiths scores for Blackheath
62:00 Try 30 - 17
Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
58:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Blackheath
50:00 Penalty 25 - 12
Joe Tarrant kicks a penalty for Blackheath
45:30 Conversion 22 - 12
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
45:00 Try 22 - 10
Garry Law scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
38:00 Penalty 22 - 5
Joe Tarrant kicks a penalty for Blackheath
31:00 Try 19 - 5
Freddie Owen scores for Blackheath
26:00 Try 14 - 5
Chris Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park
12:30 Conversion 14 - 0
Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
12:00 Try 12 - 0
Mark Cooke scores for Blackheath
8:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Joe Tarrant kicks a conversion for Blackheath
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Mark Cooke scores for Blackheath
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As it happened

  • Blackheath
  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • 0
  • Mark Cooke Try 8:00'
  • Joe Tarrant Conversion 8:30'
  • Mark Cooke Try 12:00'
  • Joe Tarrant Conversion 12:30'
  • Chris Wood Try 26:00'
  • Freddie Owen Try 31:00'
  • Joe Tarrant Penalty 38:00'
  • Garry Law Try 45:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 45:30'
  • Joe Tarrant Penalty 50:00'
  • Penalty Try 58:00'
  • Garry Law Try 62:00'
  • Geoff Griffiths Try 66:00'
  • Joe Tarrant Conversion 66:30'
  • Jordon Poole Try 77:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 77:30'

Team selection

Asher-Wood, Brandon Asher-Wood, Brandon
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Law, Garry Law, Garry
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Heaton, Matt Heaton, Matt
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Preston-Routledge, Dan Preston-Routledge, Dan
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Darkintis, Ignas Darkintis, Ignas
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Blackheath
  • 1. Mark Cooke
  • 2. Joe Tarrant
  • 3. Freddie Owen
  • 4. Geoff Griffiths
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League round up

Other National 1 results

Ampthill
7
8
Birmingham Moseley
25
27
Coventry
36
0
33
14
Fylde
Old Albanians
29
15
Plymouth Albion
17
17
Rosslyn Park
36
32

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 14 68
2. Darlington Mowden Park 14 55
3. Plymouth Albion 14 52
4. Ampthill 15 51
5. Blackheath 15 49
6. Bishop's Stortford 15 46
7. Old Elthamians 15 43

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