Honours even again as wind plays havoc with kicks

Honours even again as wind plays havoc with kicks
Tunbridge Wells rugby

Sevenoaks 18 Tunbridge Wells 18

Both clubs were sitting comfortably mid-table in the London and South East Premier Division with promoted Sevenoaks two points ahead.

The home side took the lead on 13 minutes when impressive centre Leighton Ralph found a way through the defensive line to score, Ben Adams converting.

Frank Reynolds, heavily bandaged after sustaining a cut to the head, came back on to make make a scintillating break for Wells and Mike Doherty sidestepped the last defender to score a converted try on 17 minutes.

Then the visitors were awarded a penalty 40 metres out in front of the posts. With the strong wind at his back Reynolds opted for a kick at goal which struck the crossbar and bounced over.

On 27 minutes Richard Webster kicked the ball ahead and beat the Oaks defence to gather and fall over the line. The wide conversion was missed but Wells now led 15-7.

From an attacking line-out 15 metres out the hosts formed two mauls and from the second  their powerful No 8 Fred Richardson was able to drive over for an unconverted try.

But Wells edged further ahead when Sevenoaks were penalised for offside, Reynolds slotting his kick to go in at half-time 18-12 in front.

Five minutes into the second half Oaks responded when the Wells scrum was penalised and Adams converted his kick.

When Ryan Taylor-Dennehy took the ball up and fed a three-on-one overlap it looked like Wells would stretch their lead again but the ball was lost forward.

Then the visitors were penalised for offside 45 metres out and the in-form Adams stepped up to level the scores at 18-18 after 67 minutes.

When Oaks were penalised at a ruck 25 metres out Reynolds had the opportunity to put his team back in front but kicking into the wind he dragged the ball just wide.

The conditions were to wreak havoc with the fly-half’s penalty kicking again with five minutes remaining as another chance went begging, and the sides had to settle for a draw.

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