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1st XV v Brentwood, Papa Johns Cup QF – 22nd April, 2023, Match Report

OLD Reigatian director of rugby Richie Andrews hopes that they can use the confidence from Saturday’s crushing 66-17 Papa John's Men’s Community Cup Regional Two South Plate quarter-final victory over Brentwood when they face Battersea Ironsides for a place in the final.

The ORs were in rampant mode at the weekend as they brushed aside the challenge from their Regional Two Anglia visitors running in ten tries in the process.

While they have avoided a trip to Truro for their semi-final, the Cornishmen face Reeds Weybridge, Reigatian must make the trip to face their Regional Two South East rivals Battersea.

And although three of the teams from the South East division make up the sides in the last four, Andrews is not getting carried away.

“It shows how strong our league is, there are still three from our league in it” the ORs director of rugby said after the match.

“We won today so we are in the semis, Battersea played Farnham and Reeds played Aylesbury. We are hoping to avoid that (a trip to Cornwall).

You always want a home semi-final, or even a Surrey semi-final. We will prepare like we always do and give it our best shot.

“The final is at Saracens (StoneX Stadium) on their 4G which will be nice, but we are concentrating on the semi and not getting ahead of ourselves.”

Having conceded a converted score in the third minute, ORs then brushed aside Brentwood with ease.

The hosts were dominant in the pack, forcing the visitors into changing their front row early on, and they carried the ball with menace.

After trailing 7-0, ORs ran in 40 unanswered points with Max Coyle (twice), Harrison Mitchell, Finn Coyle, Gareth Stephens and Finlay Lock all crossing the whitewash, while Lucas Overtoom added the extras to five of those six tries.

Brentwood then grabbed a second score of the match before Mitchell, Dan Jones and Lock took the hosts’ try-tally up to nine.

A late try from the visitors was then cancelled out with the final play of the match as Sam Foreman ran in the tenth ORs score for a comprehensive 66-17 victory.

“(It was) a good performance, that is the important bit,” Andrews said. “The boys played well, nice to see the forwards dominant.

“Normally our backs show good strength, but the forwards really took it to them today, dominated the scrums completely, lineouts were sound, and played on the front foot, which given the pace that we have in the backs, we were able to play the sort of rugby that we wanted to play – which is great.

“A performance like this gives us confidence. The fact that all the teams in our league are doing so well in this gives us confidence, it is clear our league seems to be the stronger of the Regional Two leagues.

“I know it (this competition) has had a mixed reception, some clubs have bought into it, some haven’t.

“I’m really glad that we’ve given it a go. It is a bit different, everyone knows you have to win that Saturday or it is all over.

“The boys have approached it in a very professional and committed manner. We are getting our best choice team out and selection is getting harder and harder.

“We get a bigger bench in the semi and the final so hopefully can include a few more lads. But all 18 contributed in some way today and I’m really proud of that performance.”

Article Written By: Michael Reeves, Surrey Mirror

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