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Horsham crush Dover with explosive early blast

Dover 21 69 Horsham
Rugby
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Horsham’s long trip to Dover was rewarded by their sixth 50+ league win of
the season, during which they have also inflicted two half century cup defeats.
The Kent win was Horsham’s eighth consecutive victory – seven in the league
and one in the cup – making them the highest scoring team in the league with
734 points. And, Horsham’s current runner up position was improved by third
in the table Charlton Park losing against the odds away to lowly Deal &
Betteshanger, just along the coast. Leaders Beckenham also lost – only their
second reverse of the season, but remain seven points clear of Horsham, who
have a three point advantage over Charlton.
Last Saturday Horsham sailed home with their first win at the Crabble ground,
where Hutton, Trueman, Compton, Edrich, Sobers and an array of top
international cricketers competed, Kent County Cricket Club previously using
the venue as a much-loved outground for many years. In their glory years
Dover RFC graced higher leagues, but, despite injury depletions, rampaging
Horsham posted five tries and three conversions in the opening quarter of an
hour, fatally wounding the hosts before they had had a chance to respond,
Kyle Fairs starting the rout straight from the off. Sam Hampson then got over
ahead of Fairs thrusting through for his second, Mathieu Pecharman adding
two more tries, the second resulting from his long, blistering run, and when
Joe Wilde completed a hat trick of conversions, the Green & Whites were 31
nil up. And, things soon got even better, Emmet O’Rahilly and Vince Everitt
compounding Dover’s misery with two more tries, both converted.
To Dover’s credit, they kept competing, scoring three second half tries, but
Hampson and Jonny Whiting also both got over the line for Horsham, signing
off the substantial win, Horsham Head Coach Nick Stocker saying: “We
started brightly and killed the game off in the first quarter, the challenge for the
team being to maintain focus and play to our patterns. On the whole this was
achieved, although we did occasionally become loose. Our pace caused
problems all day and we managed to keep the ball alive when in attack,
leading to some excellent team tries. Players stepping up in the absence of
regular first team starters all did extremely well, notably Josh Earle and Luke
Powell, and O’Rahilly and Everitt were a handful, too. However, despite good
performances from Nick Bell, Wilde, Marcus Condon, Jamie Redmayne and
Adam Clarkson, Man of the Match goes to Kyle Fairs for his outstanding all
round showing. After a weekend break we head into the final three league
matches of the season with a tough home game against Haywards Heath (5 th
after beating Beckenham last week).” The Haywards Heath game on the 23 rd
is a league and Bob Rogers Cup double header.

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