MEN'S 2019-20 MIDSEASON WRAP

Men’s 1st XV – London South West 2

Following on from a successful 2018-19 campaign that saw the Men’s 1st XV promoted from London SW3 in 2nd spot, hopes were for a season of confident consolidation in a division full of perennial powerhouses such as Farnham, Chobham and Old Cranleighans. A strong pre-season schedule, which saw a number of new additions to the 1s squad, had the team hopeful of challenging the best that the league had to offer.

The end of October saw the team taking London SW2 by storm, winning six of six in the league, including a big 45-41 win away to Twickenham and a convincing 39-22 victory over local rivals Old Emanuel. The extended break over the World Cup brought the team back to earth with a bump, suffering 3 close losses on the trot to Farnham, Old Reigatian and Eastleigh, before the 1s righted the ship, wrapping up 2019 with a brace of convincing wins.

Going into 2020 with half the league’s fixtures completed, the Men’s 1st XV remain poised to challenge for their 3rd promotion in (xx) seasons. Boasting both the second-best attack and defence in the division, the team started the New Year in the strongest manner. Away to Winchester, last season’s London SW3 champions, the team came away with a 12-10 win, which was followed up with a comprehensive 40-10 victory over 6th-placed Tottonians. Keeping the team within touching distance of Farnham in 1st, the Men’s 1st XV continued to pile on the pressure, wrapping up January with a 34-14 win against Old Es, giving the team a healthy cushion over Eastleigh in 3rd spot.

Men’s 2nd XV – Surrey Premiership

After yet another league reshuffle in the reserve ranks, the Men’s 2nd XV found themselves in the formidable Surrey Premiership for the 2019-20 campaign. Gone are the days of games against Streatham and Croydon 2s, now replaced with a challenging fixture list including the likes of Dorking A, Richmond’s Jutes and Camberley’s 2s. Given the strength and depth of the calendar, expectations for the season were for the playing squad to consolidate themselves in the new league, whilst also pushing for a spot in the 1st XV.

Starting the year strongly, Dan Hyde’s team picked off good teams from Guildford and Cobham both at home and away, 51-17 and 31-10 respectively. Three hard-fought losses against expected title-challengers, Dorking, Farnham and Horsham, saw the team slip in the table, before the year was wrapped up with a tremendous 36-26 away victory against the Rosslyn Park Hatters. 2020 started with a combative draw against the Richmond Jutes, with the team putting 19 points on the league’s best defence in challenging conditions on a slow DSP, showing some attacking promise for the final game of January.

Keen to forget the early-season nil-ing that Dorking A dished out, the 2s showed no indication that they’d suffered all too many game cancellations to date, beating the would-be title challengers 28-17. Whilst still down in 6th, the hard-fought win keeps the team well in touch with the leaders, sitting just 7 points off Farnham, with a game in hand.

Men’s 3rd XV – Surrey Conference North

After a 2018-19 season in which the Men’s 3rd XV rose from the depths of a loss to Bec Old Boys to playoff final against KCL, 2019-20 offered the chance for redemption. Facing the usual suspects, such as Mayfair Occies and Reeds Weybridge 2s, the Surrey Conference North was never likely to be a walkover, despite the withdrawal of London Exiles and Old Emanuel.

The first four games of the year saw Lynam-Carter’s team set their stall out early, and in a variety of ways. A tough 31-10 win away to Mayfair to start the year was followed by a brace of destructive 54-0 results against Cobham and 78-0 against Old Ruts. The team continued the momentum with the team wrapping up October by grinding out an 11-6 victory at home to London Media. A tough 38-7 loss away to title-challengers Reeds Weybridge was quickly forgotten, with 2019 closing out with big wins away to Old Tiffs and London Irish Amateurs. Clearly benefiting from a squad of returning players, the continuity of play found itself bolstered by the youthful exuberance of a number of U21s looking to push for more gametime with the seniors. With the likes of Yohan Tesfai and Charlie Floyd biting at the heels of the established starters, expectations were high going into the New Year.

Launching into 2020 with comprehensive against Old Rutts, Cobham and London Media has the team poised to push for the silverware that evaded them last season. Boasting the second-highest scoring offense and a defense that’s conceded a league lading 91 points to-date, the 3rd XV find themselves in a strong position to continue building towards the playoffs, with all eyes now fixed on top of the table home clash with Reeds on February 1st.

Men’s 4th XV – Surrey Conference South

Much like the 3s in the Surrey Conference North, the 4s fell short of Playoff glory last season in the Conference South but have bounced back in a similar fashion. Managing five from five to open their account for 2019-20, the team conceded a miserly 34 points, enjoying shut-outs against both Purley John Fisher and away to a strong Dorking team.

A combative 22-17 home victory against last year’s title-holders, Sutton and Epsom, saw the team building momentum going into the winter break, wrapping up 2019 with a big away win to 2nd-placed Old Whitgiftians, with a pair of walk-overs denying Ben Taylor’s team the chance to improve upon their league-leading points difference.

Despite waiting almost six weeks between league fixtures, the 4s started 2020 strongly, with an attritional affair against a resurgent Old Walcountians. Whilst not quite able to match the 55 points scored against them at the start of the year, the defence held out against an extremely well-drilled visiting backline, taking the win 12-7, following up with a 57-0 shellacking of Chipstead. Boasting both the highest scoring offence and tightest defence in the league, the team will be confident going into the next game at home to playoff-challengers, Dorking.

Mens 5th XV – Surrey Combination 2

Often seen as the smorgasbord of the Men’s teams, the 5th XV under Elliot Hennell has continued to offer something that caters to all rugby tastes. Whilst continuing to often draw on various waifs and strays from the Vets and U21s, alongside a smattering of rookies and returning-from-injuries, a growing core within the team has pushed the 5s to new playing heights in a league full of 2nd and 3rd XVs.

The year started with two particularly-painful losses to local rivals, going down 17-21 to Bec and 20-23 to Old Emmanuel at DSP. A pair of big wins away to Old Sutts 2s and Warlingham 3s saw the team remain in touch with the leading pack, before wrapping up the year with a hard-fought loss to league-leaders Old Freemans and a big 34-10 win at Old Es. Despite starting 2020 with another pair of close losses, this time at Chobham and at home to Warlingham, the Men’s 5th XV remain in the hunt for a top-4 spot and a place in the playoffs, starting with a tough match away to Old Freemans 2s on February 1st before heading to The Hill to take on Bec on the 15th.


 

Mens Vets – Surrey Vets League 2

As the years go by, and as those who trotted out at Twickenham reach the veterans rugby age, the Ironsides Vets go from strength to strength. Now lining up against formidable outfits from the likes of Cobham, Camberley and Esher, the 2019 season was expected to be one of improvement across the board.

Despite an early-season “friendly” loss against an extremely good Harlequins team, the league schedule has proven to be particularly-fruitful, with the team taking four from four. Starting the season with 3 close wins against Cobham (10-7), Esher (24-17) and Old Cranleighans (24-12), before the team really started to open the taps, recording a comprehensive shutout against Weybridge, 28-0.

With the game away to Camberley postponed, the Veterans have just the Exiles and Old Paulines to face in the league, with a cup match against (xx) this weekend serving to keep the joints creaking before pushing for the League 2 title.

 

 

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