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Holt RFC 1st XV - Match centre

Holt Rugby Football Club
East London
B van Poortvliet, T Goose (2), A Hughes, J Wyatt
Tries
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G Flather (2), J Wyatt
Conversions
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Penalties
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - League Full time

Holt earn promotion to London 2NE

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Tightly contested promotion play-off against a good East London squad

Thank you to Martyn Sloman for this match report & photo's by Stuart Young.

Holt emerged as winners in this tightly contested promotion play-off game, but they needed to produce their best performance of the season.
There were few early indications of the excitements to come as the visiting side from West Ham controlled possession and territory in the opening phases. Their veteran number 8 Dan Bracken repeatedly proved effective in carrying the ball from the back of an advancing scrum and Holt needed some determined defence to prevent the organised opposition forwards from crossing their line.

It was against the run of play Holt that opened the scoring. Their ever reliable scrum-half, Bruce van Poortvliet, sold an outrageous dummy from the back of a scrum and, from 30 metres, ghosted through to score under the posts. Geoff Flather converted. Shortly afterwards centre Aaron Tagg made a determined run which led to a try for wing Thomas Goose. Although the conversion failed Holt were now ahead 12-0. Then it was the turn of the other Holt centre Alastair Hughes to make an individual break to score with Geoff Flather again converting.

13th April 2019 The Playoff Holt 31 East London 22
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Just before half-time the score became a fairer reflection of play when a series of concerted drives by the East London forwards led to a try by prop Mantas Urbonavicius taking the score to 19-5.

It had been a high tempo game and it was evident that fitness would count and the visitors were clearly growing in confidence as the second half began. East London outside-half Ryan Billinghurst scored a penalty and then the impressive Urbonavicius scored a second try which Billinghurst converted taking the score to 19-15.

Two decisive strikes from Holt then secured the game. First, substitute hooker Tim Allen delivered a controlled chip to the corner for James Wyatt to collect and score an unconverted try. Next came Holt’s try of the season. East London were pressing and a Holt turnover led to a speculative long pass to Thomas Goose who was isolated on the wing. He had the courage and self-confidence to beat three defenders and then run a full 80 metres to score under the posts with James Wyatt converting. The game was secure despite a last minute try for East London by centre Ben Stern converted by Billinghurst.

Wing-forward Henry Harrison was Holt’s Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match.

Promotion to the higher league of London 2NE means that Holt will join Norwich, a demoted Diss side, and promoted Wymondham in a league that will produce a lot of exciting Norfolk derby's.

Henry Harrison

Player of the Match

Henry Harrison

Key moments

19:00
Try Bruce van Poortvliet scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
20:00
Conversion Geoff Flather kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
23:00
Try Thomas Goose scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
32:00
Try Alastair Hughes scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
33:00
Conversion Geoff Flather kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
40:00 +1:00
Try Try for East London
54:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for East London
61:00
Try Try for East London
62:00
Conversion Conversion for East London
67:00
Try James Wyatt scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
71:00
Try Thomas Goose scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
72:00
Conversion James Wyatt kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
80:00 +5:00
Try Try for East London
80:00 +6:00
Conversion Conversion for East London

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Highlights

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80:00 +6:00 Conversion 31 - 22
Conversion for East London
80:00 +5:00 Try 31 - 20
Try for East London
72:00 Conversion 31 - 15
James Wyatt kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
71:00 Try 29 - 15
Thomas Goose scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
68:00 Missed Conversion
Geoff Flather misses a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
67:00 Try 24 - 15
James Wyatt scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
62:00 Conversion 19 - 15
Conversion for East London
61:00 Try 19 - 13
Try for East London
57:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for East London
54:00 Penalty 19 - 8
Penalty kicked for East London
End of period 1
40:00 +2:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for East London
40:00 +1:00 Try 19 - 5
Try for East London
33:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Geoff Flather kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
32:00 Try 17 - 0
Alastair Hughes scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
24:00 Missed Conversion
Geoff Flather misses a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
23:00 Try 12 - 0
Thomas Goose scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
22:00 Try Assist
Alastair Hughes makes an assist for Holt Rugby Football Club
20:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Geoff Flather kicks a conversion for Holt Rugby Football Club
19:00 Try 5 - 0
Bruce van Poortvliet scores for Holt Rugby Football Club
5:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for East London
End of period
Player of the Match
Henry Harrison is awarded player of the match for Holt Rugby Football Club
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Holt Rugby Football Club
  • East London
  • 0
  • Bruce van Poortvliet Try 19:00'
  • Geoff Flather Conversion 20:00'
  • Alastair Hughes Try Assist 22:00'
  • Thomas Goose Try 23:00'
  • Alastair Hughes Try 32:00'
  • Geoff Flather Conversion 33:00'
  • Try 40:00 +1:00'
  • Penalty 54:00'
  • Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Try 61:00'
  • Conversion 62:00'
  • James Wyatt Try 67:00'
  • Thomas Goose Try 71:00'
  • James Wyatt Conversion 72:00'
  • Try 80:00 +5:00'
  • Conversion 80:00 +6:00'

Team selection

Flather, Geoff Flather, Geoff
Goose, Thomas Goose, Thomas
Tagg, Aaron Tagg, Aaron
Hughes, Alastair Hughes, Alastair
Flower, Henry Flower, Henry
Jackson, Tom Jackson, Tom
van Poortvliet, Bruce van Poortvliet, Bruce
Seaman, Jeremy Seaman, Jeremy
Harrison, Henry Harrison, Henry
Woods, Ashley Woods, Ashley
Wright, Samuel Wright, Samuel
Seaman, Jamie Seaman, Jamie
Davies, Philip Davies, Philip
Routley, Kyle Routley, Kyle
Cole, Aaron Cole, Aaron

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