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1st XV - Match centre

D Worster (2), D Fearon, D Stone
S Stanley (3)
Sat 5 Jan TBC - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time




Thurrock welcomed Southampton based Tottonians to Oakfield and it was the visitors who started the game the better with most of the play for the first ten minutes, but stout defence and poor handling assisted the home side to deny a couple of scoring chances. Thurrock came back into the game, when Charlie Russo made a break and offloaded after making the visitors twenty-two. After a couple of phases, the ball was spun out wide for Darryl Worster to score wide out, with Sam Stanley just falling short with the conversion. The visitors again came back with some sustained pressure inside Thurrock’s half. Eventually Thurrock were offside in front of the sticks, and Robbie Searle slotted the penalty for the visitors for a score of 5-3 after twenty-three minutes.

Direct from the restart a knock on from Tottonians gave Thurrock a great chance and from the resulting scrum they got their rewards. A trademark miss pass from Sam Stanley put Dan Stone into space and he timed the inside pass perfectly for that man, Worster to grab his second try of the game. This time Stanley was successful with the conversion to stretch the lead to 12-3. A penalty from the visiting 10 Robbie Searle on the stroke of half time meant the score at the break was 12-6

Thurrock were forced into a reshuffle at half time with Captain Reece Durrance returning in place of Ryan Wilkins as well as Niall Clifford, making his 1st appearance since October replacing Jake Bedding. This forced Dylan Fearon to step in at scrum half and he had a lively 2nd half. Thurrock dominated the early exchanges of the 2nd half and began to gain an advantage in the scrum. After sixty minutes Tottonians were penalised for standing up in the scrum ten metres from their own line. Thurrock opted to scrum again and after two pick and go’s, Dylan Fearon went over for their third try. Stanley made no mistake with the extras to extend the lead to 19-6.

The visitors came back strongly, and despite being down to 14 men following a yellow card for punching, they gained a line out fifteen metres out. Rogers came into the line to slice through the cover and score under the posts. Searle converted to reduce the deficit again to 19-13.

Thurrock came back straight from the kick off and launched a sweeping move as Tom Pool sliced through the visitors to offload to the supporting Charlie Russo. The pass was slightly behind him but he tapped it back for Dan Carey to offload to speedster Dan Stone to score his 12th try of the season as well as securing the bonus point for Tees. Stanley once again converted from in front of the posts.

Sometimes Thurrock never make things easy for themselves, giving away four penalties in their own twenty-two. Each one of which was run by the visitors. After the fourth penalty, Thurrock’s Tom Wileman was yellow carded and the home side played the last 5 minutes with 14 men.

Tottonians continued to run the ball at every opportunity but were repelled by some great tackling from the likes of Jake Barrand & Brad Retigan. From one such hit by Barrand, Thurrock were able to turn the ball over and looked to close out the game. Unfortunately, as they moved the ball from the breakdown they gifted another try to Tottonians as Searle intercepted and ran in under the posts, converting the try himself to narrow the score to 26-20 with two minutes remaining.

The visitors tried desperately from the kick-off to attack from deep and sneak a win but Thurrocks defence held firm and they secured the Bonus point win and also their 5th victory in a row to see them cement their place in 5th in London 1 South.

Next week Tees travel away to 3rd placed Medway looking to avenge the 20-10 defeat they suffered at the beginning of the season, their only one at Oakfield this campaign. This will be a big test for this ever improving Thurrock team, but a challenge that they will be more than up for

Darryl Worster

Player of the Match

Darryl Worster

Key moments

Try Darryl Worster scores for Thurrock
Try Darryl Worster scores for Thurrock
Conversion Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock
Try Dylan Fearon scores for Thurrock
Conversion Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock
Try Dan Stone scores for Thurrock
Conversion Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock

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Highlights Vs Tottonians


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80:00 Player of the Match
Darryl Worster is awarded player of the match for Thurrock
74:00 Yellow Card
Tom Wileman is yellow carded for Thurrock
70:00 Try 24 - 0
Dan Stone scores for Thurrock
70:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock
62:00 Try 17 - 0
Dylan Fearon scores for Thurrock
62:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock
40:00 Sub Off
Ryan Wilkins is substituted off for Thurrock
40:00 Sub On
Reece Durrance is substituted on for Thurrock
40:00 Sub Off
Jake Bedding is substituted off for Thurrock
40:00 Sub On
Niall Clifford is substituted on for Thurrock
End of period 1
30:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Sam Stanley kicks a conversion for Thurrock
30:00 Try 10 - 0
Darryl Worster scores for Thurrock
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Darryl Worster scores for Thurrock
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Tottonians
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  • Darryl Worster Try 15:00'
  • Darryl Worster Try 30:00'
  • Sam Stanley Conversion 30:00'
  • Ryan Wilkins Sub Off 40:00'
  • Reece Durrance Sub On 40:00'
  • Jake Bedding Sub Off 40:00'
  • Niall Clifford Sub On 40:00'
  • Dylan Fearon Try 62:00'
  • Sam Stanley Conversion 62:00'
  • Dan Stone Try 70:00'
  • Sam Stanley Conversion 70:00'
  • Tom Wileman Yellow Card 74:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks 26 110
2. Brighton 26 107
3. Camberley 26 106
4. Medway 26 103
5. Thurrock 26 80
6. Havant 26 75
7. Westcombe Park 26 66

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