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Holt RFC 1st XV - Match centre

Holt
Wisbech
B Reedman, A Woods, B van Poortvliet, H Flower
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
T Jackson
Conversions
Unknown
Sat 15 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 Eastern Counties Full time

Bitterly cold day at Bridge Road but another bonus point win for Holt

Henry Flower is Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match

Thank you to Martyn Sloman for this match report:

On a bitterly cold day at Bridge Road Holt secured another bonus point win to maintain their position at the top of the league. Once again the home side showed that their strengths lay in the speed of their outside backs and the tenacity of their defence.

A strong wind worked to Holt’s favour in the first half and it was ten minutes into the game before the visitors ventured deep into in the Holt half. Unfortunately for them when they made their first incursion a pass along the back line was intercepted by Holt’s full back, Geoff Flather who had a clear run to the line. Realising he did not have the pace to outstretch the Wisbech defenders he paused and passed to centre Ben Reedman who was able to finish the move with a try; Tom Jackson converted.
Holt then exerted sustained pressure and captain Ashley Woods crashed over the Wisbech line from short range. This was followed by a trade mark try from Holt scrum-half Bruce van Poortvliet who has been in excellent form all season; his blind side break was followed by a 30 metre run and a try in the corner. The gusty wind meant that it was not a day for the kickers, so neither try was converted, but Holt were now comfortably ahead 17-0 at half time.

So far Wisbech had coped with the wind by playing to their strength. Their pack, with two 18 year olds in the front row and their man of the match David Wadsley at wing forward, were able to gain territory through close inter-passing and driving mauls. It was no more than they deserved when scrum Harry Newman opened their scoring with a try immediately after the interval. There followed a contest of attrition as Wisbech prevented Holt from playing their preferred open game, and the cold wind made handling a challenge.

Midway thought the second half Holt put the result beyond doubt through excellent interplay involving their two young wing-three quarters. Left wing Tom Goose picked up a speculative Wisbech kick ahead in his own twenty-two and ran at the oncoming defence. After beating several players he handed on to Ashley Woods; he in turn passed immediately to right wing Henry Flower who was able to complete the 80 metre move with a try in the corner. The score was now 22-5 in Holt’s favour with the bonus point secured. The visitors had the last word with a try by Ramos Vinska: although playing on the wing for Wisbech in this game, at one time he had been capped at prop at international level for Lithuania and certainly offered a threat with ball in hand. Newman converted and the final score of 22-12 was a fair result.

Holt will be well pleased with a result that takes them into the new year at the top of the table with the next two games against the clubs lying bottom. Henry Flower was Holt’s Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match.

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Henry Flower

Player of the Match

Henry Flower

Key moments

13:07
Try Ben Reedman scores for Holt
14:00
Conversion Tom Jackson kicks a conversion for Holt
22:08
Try Ashley Woods scores for Holt
34:00
Try Bruce van Poortvliet scores for Holt
51:00
Try Try for Wisbech
61:04
Try Henry Flower scores for Holt
74:00
Try Try for Wisbech
75:00
Conversion Conversion for Wisbech

Highlights

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80:00 +2:00 Sub Off
Craig Uttridge is substituted off for Holt
80:00 +2:00 Sub On
Philip Davies is substituted on for Holt
77:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Wisbech kicks to touch
75:00 Conversion 22 - 12
Conversion for Wisbech
74:00 Try 22 - 10
Try for Wisbech
73:00 Tap Penalty
Wisbech takes a tap penalty
70:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Geoff Flather kicks to touch for Holt
68:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Geoff Flather kicks to touch for Holt
67:00 Sub Off
Joe HARRISON is substituted off for Holt
67:00 Sub On
Tim Allen is substituted on for Holt
62:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Chapman misses a conversion for Holt
61:04 Try 22 - 5
Henry Flower scores for Holt
61:00 Try Assist
Ashley Woods makes an assist for Holt
60:00 Tap Penalty
Wisbech takes a tap penalty
51:00 Try 17 - 5
Try for Wisbech
50:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Geoff Flather kicks to touch for Holt
49:00 Tap Penalty
Bruce van Poortvliet takes a tap penalty for Holt
47:00 Tap Penalty
Bruce van Poortvliet takes a tap penalty for Holt
43:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Geoff Flather kicks to touch for Holt
End of period 1
40:00 +4:00 Tap Penalty
Wisbech takes a tap penalty
40:00 +3:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Geoff Flather kicks to touch for Holt
39:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Holt kicks to touch
34:03 Missed Conversion
Louis Chapman misses a conversion for Holt
34:00 Try 17 - 0
Bruce van Poortvliet scores for Holt
31:00 Sub On
Louis Chapman is substituted on for Holt
31:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Tom Jackson kicks to touch for Holt
31:00 Sub Off
Tom Jackson is substituted off for Holt
25:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Tom Jackson kicks to touch for Holt
23:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Jackson misses a conversion for Holt
22:08 Try 12 - 0
Ashley Woods scores for Holt
22:00 Try Assist
Bruce van Poortvliet makes an assist for Holt
19:00 Tap Penalty
Jeremy Seaman takes a tap penalty for Holt
14:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Jackson kicks a conversion for Holt
13:07 Try 5 - 0
Ben Reedman scores for Holt
13:00 Try Assist
Geoff Flather makes an assist for Holt
11:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Wisbech kicks to touch
7:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Wisbech kicks to touch
4:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Tom Jackson kicks to touch for Holt
End of period
Player of the Match
Henry Flower is awarded player of the match for Holt
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Holt
  • Wisbech
  • 0
  • Geoff Flather Try Assist 13:00'
  • Ben Reedman Try 13:07'
  • Tom Jackson Conversion 14:00'
  • Bruce van Poortvliet Try Assist 22:00'
  • Ashley Woods Try 22:08'
  • Louis Chapman Sub On 31:00'
  • Tom Jackson Sub Off 31:00'
  • Bruce van Poortvliet Try 34:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Ashley Woods Try Assist 61:00'
  • Henry Flower Try 61:04'
  • Joe HARRISON Sub Off 67:00'
  • Tim Allen Sub On 67:00'
  • Try 74:00'
  • Conversion 75:00'
  • Philip Davies Sub On 80:00 +2:00'
  • Craig Uttridge Sub Off 80:00 +2:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Holt 13 56
2. Wymondham 13 53
3. Ely 12 49
4. Wisbech 13 33
5. West Norfolk 11 32
6. Thetford 13 29
7. Fakenham 12 26

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