Weekend Round Up 16/17 October

Saturday 16th October

1st XV                   20 – 21         Sutton & Epsom (Home)

3rd XV                   14 – 8          Old Gravesendian 2s (Home)

Sunday 17th October

U14B                      20 – 20         Old Elthamians (Home)

Ladies U15              60 – 5           Medway RFC (Away)

Ladies U18              27 – 5           Heathfield & Waldron (Away)

TUNBRIDGE WELLS RFC 1ST XV 20 SUTTON AND EPSOM 1ST XV 21

TUNBRIDGE WELLS RFC 1ST XV          20             SUTTON AND EPSOM 1ST XV          21.

 

Despite a week’s rest across the London and SE Premier league Wells still found themselves with 9 squad members on the injured list and so had to dig deep for selection. Luke Giles started at fly half, Josh Hawkins came into the second row, Tom Pithouse was added to  the bench to bolster the forwards along with Richard Webster who provided cover for the back row despite normally plying his trade on the wing. The crowd was a good one of close to 200 and all anticipated- given past results- a relatively close game.

 

S and E were quickest off the blocks and applied pressure and back penetration in the first 10 mins playing down the hill, eventually taking advantage after several phases of play to score ‘round the corner’  through right wing Brad Meeson with full back Sam Hurley adding the extras 0-7 (10 minutes).

From this point onwards in the first half Wells produced some of their best play of the new season suggesting that the side could settle down and work as a unit. Luke Giles took advantage of better territory in the S and E half to nail a low hit penalty on 13 mins to peg the score back to 3-7. At this stage the Wells pack benefitting from some hard set scrum sessions with coach Ben Kayser established  ascendancy through props Charley Smith and Gabriel O’Brien and hooker Stuart Nicholls earning a number of penalties as S and E were driven backwards or stood up in the front row. A succession of these penalties finally causing the referee to lose patience on 23 minutes when he awarded the home side a penalty try as S and E again tried illegally to counter their inexorable march backwards 10-7.

 

Wells continued to take advantage of the solid platform in the scrum and clean line out ball to continue to pressure S and E on or in their 22. A succession of sweeping handling moves getting the home side to within 15 metres of the line. Fly half Luke Giles then making an astute inside break to pass to Toby Wallace  who cut a great line across the grain to score under the posts with Giles converting for a 17-7 lead on 29 minutes.

 

The rest of the half saw Wells still dominant in territory but one or two passes went astray and a couple of kickable penalties were turned down in order to kick to the corner where possession was lost at the ensuing line out. Nevertheless with the score remaining 17-7 at half time and with the downhill slope in the second half the home crowd was happy.

 

Sadly despite such a good first 40 minutes the first 10 minutes of the second half saw Wells forced back into their own 22 and then centre Ali Main was given a yellow card for an offence in the loose on 51 minutes. As is often the case the S and E side saw encouragement and within 2 minutes of Main’s departure No 8 Matt Whitaker forced his way over with Hurley again adding the points 17-14. Despite the home side finding it difficult to duplicate the scrum dominance and line out accuracy of the first half and losing some possession in the tackle they did manage to force their way into the S and E half and on 57 mins Giles slotted his second penalty to give Wells a 20-14 lead. The last 20 minutes then assumed an air of inevitability to it as with no bench replacements the props had to play out 80 minutes and an injury in the backs caused a reshuffle with Giles going to full back and Jack Anderson assuming the fly half duties. Persistent pressure from the visitors made it difficult for Wells to relieve pressure in their 22 and when they did have the ball often tried to run it laterally out of their half. Ultimately with a tiring pack and a confident S and E side battering the line something had to give in the Wells defence and on 73 minutes after a succession of pick and goes sub Ross Parsons scored halfway out on the right and Hurley made no mistake with the conversion 20-21.

Despite Wells trying desperately to relieve the stranglehold full time came with them still trying to get out of their 22 and at the wrong end of the field to affect the final score.

 

This was one of the best first half performances by the Wells this season but a little inexperience in a young side, a yellow card  and a tiring front five meant they couldn’t hold out for what at halftime looked a well- managed winning game. Credit to Sutton and Epsom who put in a spirited second half and prevented Wells from a couple of potential scores in the first half which would have let the home side run away with the game. A losing bonus point was little consolation but as this squad gets used to playing with each other and some of the injured return they will surprise one or two sides at this level as they look to rebuild over the next two seasons.

 

Next Saturday 23rd October sees a tough away visit to Hertford KO 3 00pm before the big local derby with a high flying Sevenoaks at St Marks on the 30th October

This weekend 16th and 17th October

This weekend we have:

Saturday 16th October

1st XV – Sutton & Epsom (Home) – 3pm k.o.
3rd XV – Old Gravesendian 2s (Home) – 3pm k.o.

Sunday 17th October

U8 – Sevenoaks (Home) 9am-10.30am
U12 – Sevenoaks (Away)
U14 – Old Elthamians (Home) – 11.30am k.o.
Ladies U15 – Medway RFC (Away)
Ladies U18 – Heathfield & Waldron (Away)

Tunbridge Wells RFC launches community led development plans

Tunbridge Wells RFC (TWRFC) has submitted a planning application for the construction of a new ‘3G’ artificial grass pitch to be constructed alongside the existing first XV pitch. The application also encompasses an expansion in parking at the club, a relocation of a cricket square and a new storage building.

TWRFC has a thriving youth and woman’s section alongside its successful senior section. Squad numbers are expanding each year with its under six level intakes doubling inside 5 years. The club is also reaching out into the community to support primary schools and schools with special educational needs, to progress and promote access to active sport for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Proposed 3G Pitch (Minifie Architects)

The proposed development is a continuation on the club’s focus on improving playing facilities following on from a six-figure investment in the drainage at the club over the summer. TWRFC hopes these plans, once delivered, will accelerate ambitions for a new sporting hub at St. Marks

Mike Rigby, Club Chairman commented ‘This is a hugely exciting moment for the club. The proposed development will transform the facilities at St Marks allowing the club to move forwards but also giving opportunities to local schools, clubs and other community groups to be able to benefit from the facilities. The club is committed to improving facilities and being at the heart of the community, this application represents our ambition’

TWRFC Ambassadors (l-r) David Strettle (England), Tammy Samuels (England), Martin Corry (England & Lions) and Ben Kayser (France) support the launch

To support the application an event was held at the club to formally launch the plans to TWRFC supporters and to start the fund-raising efforts. “The event was designed to let members and supporters know more about the development plans” said Steve Daly, Head of the Development Committee. “We had a great turn out including some of our club ambassadors and former Rugby Internationals Martin Corry (England & Lions), David Strettle (England), Ben Kayser (France) and Tammy Samuels (England). The event was the first of a number that will be held in the coming months and we were pleased with the level of interest. Should a person or business that is focussed on corporate social responsibility, be interested in our project, we are open for partnerships. Please contact us”.

Weekend Round Up 9/10 October

 

Saturday 9th October
No league fixtures – Rest weekend

Sunday 10th October
U13 55 – 0 Sutton and Epsom (Away)

U13 35 – 10 Sutton and Epsom (Away)

U15A 26 – 7 Sevenoaks (Home)
Vets 36 – 5 Maidstone (Away)

 

6 NATIONS INTERNATIONAL TICKETS 

The 2021/22 season will see just 2 home games at Twickenham and demand for tickets will be very high – please also note the Spectator Code of Conduct for ALL home internationals. This conduct does mention Mobile ticketing and the intention is for ticket sales to be extensively migrating to this method and I am expecting the majority of 2022 6 Nations tickets to be in Mobile format via the Twickenham Stadium App.

To satisfy as many people as possible I will have to keep requests to a combined total of 2 tickets per member (can be a single ticket for each or pair on one of these games).

I will formulate a list on ‘first come, first served’ and work through the list as and when I can secure tickets – to validate your requests you will have to be, at minimum, a ‘paid up’ social member of the club.

IMPORTANT****** please advise your EMAIL address that is resident on any device that will be used for a mobile ticket and the subsequent download of the Twickenham Stadium App.

Schedule:

  • England v Wales – Saturday 26 February 2022 – KO 16:45
  • England v Ireland – Saturday 12 March 2022 – KO 16:45

The ticket prices are as follows:

Away Matches

The 3 remaining games are away, we only receive very limited tickets from the respective RFU’s. Please advise of your interest to be included within the draw for any tickets that we receive.

Following discussions with the host unions we can confirm that all people wishing to travel to the away fixtures will be required to show proof of double vaccination.

England senior men’s away matches are:

  • Scotland v England – Saturday 5 February 2022 – KO 16:45
  • Italy v England – Sunday 13 February 2022 – KO 15:00 (GMT)
  • France v England – Saturday 19 March 2022 – KO 20:00 (GMT)

ALL tickets will be subject to a £5 admin fee – please apply for tickets via email: Montgos.89a@hotmail.com

Regards,

Stuart Montgomery

Twickenham International tickets 2021/22 – Additional Information

Twickenham International tickets 2021/22    

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This does include detail of mobile tickets that will become very much the preferred way of distributing tickets in the 2022 season – only limited for 2021 Autumn series.

SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS FOR THE MATCH(ES) ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE SUBJECT TO THE RFU OBTAINING THE RELEVANT LICENCE AND APPROVALS FOR THE MATCH INCLUDING THOSE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES.

IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR US TO MAKE CHANGES TO THIS CODE OF CONDUCT AT SHORT NOTICE. THIS MAY INCLUDE ASKING TO COMPLY WITH ADDITIONAL OR DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS TO THOSE SET OUT BELOW. THIS MAY ALSO INCLUDE A MATCH BEING PLAYED WITHOUT SPECTATORS, WITH FEWER SPECTATORS OR BEING CANCELLED. WHERE THIS HAPPENS WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH AS MUCH PRIOR NOTICE AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE SEE www.englandrugby.com/tickets FOR INFORMATION ON REFUNDS.

BEFORE YOU BUY, SELL, TRANSFER/ALLOCATE OR ARE TRANSFERRED/ALLOCATED TICKETS YOU MUST READ AND AGREE TO FOLLOW THIS CODE OF CONDUCT. PLEASE PRINT A COPY OF THIS CODE OF CONDUCT OR SAVE IT FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. A COPY IS AVAILBLE AT www.englandrugby.com/tickets AND YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO CHECK FOR UPDATES AND CHANGES TO THIS CODE OF CONDUCT.

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YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT ANYONE YOU BUY TICKETS FOR, OR SELL OR ALLOCATE/TRANSFER TICKETS TO, HAS ALSO READ AND AGREED TO FOLLOW THIS CODE OF CONDUCT.

This is essential because we are relying on you following this Code of Conduct in order to help us to protect you and your fellow fans and to assist and protect our staff.

If you don’t comply with this Code of Conduct you face being denied entry or being asked to leave without refund or compensation.

Is attending the match the right thing for you and the people in your household bubble?

This is a personal decision based on your own circumstances and those of anyone else in your household (this includes anyone you are in a support bubble with). You should decide this both before buying or being transferred/allocated tickets and again on the day of the match.

Whether attending is the right decision or not will depend on factors like your age, health, how likely you are to catch an infection and how serious it would be if you did. If you are in any doubt, please consult the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk.

WE RECOMMEND THAT SPECTATORS WEAR A CLOTH FACE COVERING WHILE AT THE STADIUM.

Rest assured that we are doing everything we reasonably can to minimise the risks as much as possible but only you can decide whether or not attending the match is the right decision for you and others in your household.

You MUST NOT attend if you or anyone else in your household (including anyone in your support bubble): has or develops any COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19; and/or, are/is required to self-isolate including when having tested positive for COVID-19 or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace; and/or other restrictions are in place which mean you cannot safely travel to or from or attend the match; and/or you are unable or unwilling to comply with the requirements of the NHS COVID Pass; and/or you are unable to comply with any other restrictions or conditions introduced that apply to attending a sporting event (where additional restrictions or conditions are introduced we will provide you with as much advance notice as possible).

Tickets

All tickets will be issued digitally unless otherwise specified at point of sale for the relevant match. Where digital tickets are purchased for England matches at Twickenham this will be through the Twickenham Stadium app.

Where you purchase or are allocated tickets which are for use by other people, you MUST transfer a ticket to each person who will be attending the match as soon as possible following your purchase or receipt of the tickets.

Every person attending the match will be required to have their own mobile ticket on their own device, or a paper copy if supplied by England Rugby in this format. Anyone trying to use multiple mobile tickets on the same device will not be permitted to enter the Stadium. The only exceptions to this are for accompanied minors (those under the age of 18 where proof of age may be required) or for those people with accessibility requirements attending the match with a companion. This is essential to ensure that we can comply with NHS test and trace requirements, which demand the contact details of each person with a ticket attending the match.

Where you have a digital ticket for a match, please make sure you bring your mobile device with sufficient battery charge as you won’t be allowed entry into the Stadium without a valid digital ticket.

To book and/or access ticket(s) through the Twickenham Stadium app you and everyone that you book tickets for, or allocate/transfer tickets to, MUST provide contact details. We need you to do this to help us assist with NHS test and trace requirements where needed. For further information on how the RFU may use your contact details please see our Privacy Policy at www.englandrugby.com/about-rfu/rfu-policies/privacy-policy.

You MUST have a valid NHS COVID Pass to attend the match. If you do not you will be denied entry without compensation or refund or where you have entered the Stadium you will be asked to leave. Further details regarding the NHS COVID Pass will be provided as soon as it is available.

Please arrive in good time to go through all the necessary entry procedures.

Your temperature might be taken before entry.

It is possible that other restrictions or conditions may be introduced that apply to those attending a sporting event between the time that you buy your ticket(s) and the date of the match. Where additional restrictions or conditions are introduced we will provide you with as much advance notice as possible.

Travel

You should check www.englandrugby.com on the day of the match before travelling for updates on the fixture and any COVID-19 procedures that you are required to follow.

Other Requirements

Please follow good hygiene practices at all times in line with the latest government and public health guidance, including regularly washing your hands and using hand sanitiser.

Please be considerate of other people at all times and try to minimise unnecessary close contact with people you are not attending the match with.

We recommend wearing a cloth face covering at all times including when seated except when you are eating and drinking. This is also required when travelling to the match by public transport or in other crowded areas.

Please take care when shouting, singing or celebrating, taking into account the distance from those around you as these activities could increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.

If you feel ill or develop any COVID-19 symptoms while at the match please contact your nearest steward who will direct you to the appropriate medical facility.

Picnics and other gatherings in the carparks used for the match are strictly prohibited.

If you are attending the match with children, you are responsible for supervising them and ensuring that they comply with social distancing and this Code of Conduct at all times.

You MUST comply with all other relevant guidance and rules related to COVID-19 protection and social distancing, including those of the Government and public health authorities.

Updates

It may be necessary for us to make changes to this Code of Conduct, including at short notice, and you MUST comply with any changes that we make. Wherever possible, we will provide you with as much advance notice as possible of any changes by SMS, push notifications, email and/or on our website at www.englandrugby.com as appropriate.

All other terms and conditions and ground rules remain in force and must also be complied with.

Thank you for your support and co-operation. Stay alert! Stay safe! Help us all – your fellow fans, your team, your sport, your community!

By proceeding you confirm that you accept this Code of Conduct and that:

  1. you have read and agree to this code of conduct including any changes that we may need to make to it after you have purchased or received a ticket(s);
  2. that all other people the tickets are for have read and also agreed to this code of conduct.

Regards,

Stuart Montgomery

Maidenhead 16 Tunbridge Wells 10

  • Wells travelled to a wet and windy Maidenhead on Saturday for the first meeting ever between the two clubs.  Maidenhead were without a league win in their centenary season; and Wells had recorded only one win from four going into this game.  The match was played on an artificial pitch so the playing surface was good throughout, despite the weather conditions.

Tunbridge Wells kicked off with the wind at their backs but were 3 nil down after three minutes when a penalty for offside was converted by the Maidenhead full back, Ed Keohane.  The Wells scrum was under pressure in the first half against a bigger and heavier pack and lived off scraps of possession for the first ten minutes, but the line out functioned well and provided a source of reliable ball.  A good move down the wing following a line out produced a clever chip over by Ben Day resulting in the Wells full back, Toby Wallace, putting the ball down between the posts.  Ben Day’s conversion gave Wells the lead, 3 – 7, on the quarter hour.

Tunbridge Wells became more aggressive as the half progressed and produced some exciting play but were penalised for offside which Maidenhead successfully converted, 6 – 7.  There followed a period of scrappy play by both sides which could be explained by the strong wind and rain preventing accurate handling but Tunbridge Wells were successful with a penalty with the last kick of the half seeing them turn round at 6 – 10.

The second half continued in the same vein with the ball being moved from end to end without any obvious pattern of play by either side.  On the hour though Maidenhead scored the decisive try following an aimless Tunbridge Wells kick.  The try was converted giving Maidenhead a 13 – 10 lead. Following a couple of forward replacements by Maidenhead the Tunbridge Wells scrum started to get on top.  Wells pressured the Maidenhead line with a sequence on scrums but were penalised for straying offside on 78 minutes.  A successful penalty kick for Maidenhead produced the final score, 16 -10.

This Saturday is a league rest week and Wells return to action at St Mark’s on 16 October for a match against Sutton and Epsom.

 

Alan Skinner

 

 

This Weekend 2nd and 3rd October….

 

This weekend we have:

Saturday 2nd October 

1st XV away to Maidenhead – 2.30pm kick off

 

Sunday 3rd October

Under 12s away to Cranbrook

Under 13s home to Sutton and Epsom – 11.30am kick off

Under 14s home to Canterbury – 11.30am kick off

Academy home to Cranbrook – 10.00am kick off

Ladies under 13s and under 15s home to Medway – 12.00pm kick off

Ladies under 18s away to Old Alleynians

 

TWRFC 1st XV 24 – Brighton Blues 1st XV 36

On a beautiful warm, sunny autumn Saturday afternoon Tunbridge Wells RFC welcomed Brighton Blues to St. Mark’s for their 1st XV fixture with a 3pm k.o. 

The 2nd XV had an early 2pm k.o. against Medway coming out with a solid 33-17 win. The home support moved across to the 1st XV pitch at full time making for a packed sideline.

Brighton started well, playing towards the clubhouse, scoring after just 2 minutes.  It didn’t take Tunbridge Wells too long to get onto the scoreboard though.  From the first scrum of the match it was clear that Wells would be dominant in this area of the field with a 10m shove.  Number 8, Nick Doherty took the ball off the back and made a run.  As it looked like he was running into traffic he dinked a grubber kick through into space, chased by Charlie Rigby and Finlay White.  Charlie was first there, but with no time to pick it up, kicked it through into the in-goal area and Finlay White was right behind it ready to claim the first Wells try of the afternoon.  Five minutes later Brighton were on the score sheet once again 5-14.  On the 24 minute mark Brighton were on the attack again and well into our half, but they spilled the ball in the tackle and fullback Toby Wallace was right there.  He made significant ground showing exceptional pace, offloading to Finlay White who took it the rest of the way for his second try of the afternoon. Brighton had one more first half try in them with a 5m lineout, maul and over as well as one penalty kick, before winger Jack Smith went over for Wells just before half time taking the score to 19-24.  

We started the second half brightly with a well-crafted try initiated by Luke Giles who made a break, feeding to Josh Brockman, and on to Charlie Rigby who made no mistake 24-24.  The second half was fairly evenly matched, but with no further score for Wells.  Final points of the match were in the 60th minute from Brighton, with Wells pressuring a number of times as the final quarter progressed but play breaking down without managing to cross the try line.

Chaz Spence, former Captain of Tunbridge Wells RFC, now Interim DoR of the 1st XV remains incredibly positive and excited, despite a couple of losses to start the season. 

“We are a brand new side this year, in terms of coaches and players. It’s going to take time for these combinations to gel and for the coaches to really stamp their style onto the team. Thankfully we have world class coaches and an incredibly enthusiastic young squad that are willing to learn and work hard, so we remain in a good place.

On Saturday we were guilty of playing too much in our own half, we got a bit excited with a few line breaks early on and then wanted to play from everywhere. As coaches we want to play a quick expansive style of rugby, but there needs to be an aspect of control along with it and playing in the right areas of the pitch. Despite this, we had several chances to win the game at the weekend and it was the final pass that let us down, so although it goes down as a loss there were more positives than negatives to take from the game.

Next week its battle of the international coaches, with Benjamin Kayser and David Strettle’s Tunbridge Wells going up against Will Greenwood’s Maidenhead. The game is away with a 2.30pm kick off.”

Bruce Elliott