Canterbury RFC v Worthing Raiders
4th November 2017 Kick-off 3pm
Raiders head to The Marine Travel Ground, Merton Lane North (CT4 7AZ) in Canterbury for the 15th National League match between the clubs.
Canterbury RFC (aka ‘The City Club’) was founded in 1929. In those days a high percentage of the playing membership were involved in the Agricultural Industry, so the season didn’t really get under-way until post harvesting in October. The club moved to Merton Lane (now known as Marine Travel ground) in 1937. The Mayor of Canterbury opened the ground, although changing and post-match discussions were still held at a local pub, ‘The Fleur de Lys’.
In the early 1990s the club was wallowing away in Kent 2, but by season 2005/6 promotion to the National League 2 South was achieved. The onset of a strong mini/junior section being at the heart of this transition. Canterbury finished a very creditable 4th in their first season in the National League. Season 2010/11 saw relegation by a whisker, on the last day of the season, but a bounce straight back the following year was achieved, following a virtually unbeaten season.
Canterbury RFC, like ourselves, is a true Community club running 4, sometimes 5, sides on a Saturday. Junior and Mini Rugby for age group 7-U18 takes over on Sundays.
The Ladies XV play in the National Challenge South East South 1, the same league as our Ladies.
Wheel-Chair Rugby has been added to their activities and they are now in their 3rd season.
The official club colours are black and gold.
Worthing v Canterbury…..National League encounters
The clubs have had many league and friendly fixtures over the years, but a resume of the National League fixtures between the clubs and relative league positions at the end of the season is provided below:
2008/9: C 35 – W 17 W 11 – C 20 C 5th W 12th
2009/10: W 20 – C 20 C 16 – W 18 W 6th C 7th
2010/11: C 20 – W 38 W 57 – C 22 W 8th C14th. Canterbury Relegated
2012/13: W 55 – C 31 C 17 – W 38 W 2nd C 8th Worthing Promoted
2014/15: W 36 – C 25 C 12 – W 20 W 5th C11th
2015/16: C 20 – W 27 W 41 – C 24 C 10th W 11th
2016/17: W 30 – C 12 C 13 – W 7 C 8th W 12th
8th October 2016 …….Raiders 30 Canterbury 12
This was a good solid home win for Raiders against a Canterbury side that never quite got going, and who were restricted to a nil pointer in the 2nd period. The visitors in fact got off to a bright start with winger for the day Aiden Moss crossing for an unconverted try with just over 10 minutes on the clock. The home side kept the score board ticking with 3 penalties from the boot of Matt McLean, before a flurry of scoring before the break brought the game to life… Prop forward, Sam Kenny crossed for the visitors in the 39th minute with Alex Wilcockson straight away pulling one back for Raiders, both were converted sending the teams for oranges at 16-12. The second period was dominated by the home side, with tries early in the half from Finlay Coxon-Smith and in the 79th minute Alex got his second both converted by McLean.
Raiders: McLean, Coxon-Smith, Wilcockson, Richards, Squire, Leeming, Peach: Gatford, Hadfield, Sargent, Barlow, McGowan, White, Whittall, Perkins.
Bench: Harris, Burns, Lake, Loosmore, Montgomery.
Canterbury: Best O, Hilton, Best T, Farris, Moss, Beaumont, Smart: Green, Rogers T, Kenny, Edwards T, Burns, Rogers S, Huston-McCormick, Micans.
Bench: Jones, Westgarth, Cadman, Sayers, Cooper.
28th January 2017…..Canterbury 13 Raiders 7
A typical January afternoon greeted Raiders who were 15th in the league (27pts), the ‘City Club’ sitting pretty in 7th with 56pts already in the bin. The visitors started well taking the lead in the 23rd minute through winger Kariym Irving, Matt McLean converting. Canterbury replied just before half time with a score from winger Guy Hilton, Raiders went into the break leading 5-7. Tom Best kicked a penalty early in the 2nd half to put the home side into a narrow lead, but proceedings were pretty much even. Canterbury’s other winger, Kieran Thompson eventually broke the deadlock crossing in the corner with just over 10 minutes remaining. Raiders battled to the end, ‘Up the hill and against the wind’, but had to settle for a LBP.
Canterbury: Moss, Hilton, Murray, Farris, Thompson, Best T, Smart, Cooper, Rogers T, Kenny, Burns, Edwards, Rogers S, Huston-McCormick, Stephens.
Bench: Jones, Townley, Cadman, Braithwaite, Green.
Raiders: McLean, Paddenburg, Coxon-Smith, Leeming, Irving, Montgomery, Boyland, Storer, Gearing-Grief, Gatford, Barlow, Lake, Hadfield, Whittall, Lamb-Cona.
Bench: Harris, Finney, Sargent, Short, Nilsen
Canterbury Last Season………middle 8th W15/ L15
Canterbury had a relaxing middle of the table type of season, even their points differential was practically level (PF 722, PA 732). The highlight was probably the win against Chinnor (16-12). Top points scorer was Tom Best with 148. Leading try scorers were Guy Hilton 18, Dan Smart 13 and in the forwards Sam Kenny with 6. Will Farris and Sam Rogers both featured in all 30 fixtures, with prop forward Aaron Cooper on 29. They used 43 different players to fulfil the fixtures, 14 of the squad making 20 or more appearances
This season so far…Won 6 Lost 3
Canterbury are in 7th spot in the league with 29 points.
The ‘City Club’ faced Cinderford in the first fixture, but the ‘Foresters’’ were up for the task and the long journey, returning to the Forest of Dean after a fine win (17-39). After that start Canterbury strung together 6 wins on the bounce: TJs (24-36), Broadstreet (41-7), Old Reds (24-34), Barnstaple (41-31), Wimbledon (7-22) and Redruth (18-16) to take them up to 4th in the table. A visit to Titans brought the run to an end (19-14) although an LBP is none too bad in Taunton. Last Saturday saw a useful half time lead (21-5) squandered to the lively Bury St Edmunds team (21-29).
As usual a list of most of the players used so far is provided along with a little more detail as to their credentials. Most of the players listed have played against Raiders in previous fixtures. A notable addition to squad this season is experienced lock forward Matt Corker. He has joined, after a season at Richmond, to take on the role of player/Forwards coach. Matt is returning to his roots having started at Thanet Wanderers, he was with London Welsh for the best part of 10 seasons, including a spell as captain.
Another tough fixture awaits in the ‘Garden of England’
|Name (Age) *Played v Raiders||Apps 2017/8||N2 Apps||Join||Points||Honours||Position: Prev Club/s apps *Played v Raiders|
|Aiden Moss* (25)||4/1R||115||2012||3T||England Counties U20 Kent||Full Back: Blackheath 4.|
|Keiran Thompson*||6||18||2016||5T||Wing: Thanet Wanderers|
|Harry Sayers* (20)||7||40||2015||6T||England Counties U20 Kent||Wing: Dover|
|Guy Hilton* (24)||2/3R||92||2013||–||Kent||Wing: Canterbury Youth|
|Charlie Kingsman (22)||8||20||2014||2T/ 2C||Centre/Full Back: King’s Canterbury, Old Albanian*7, Saracens Academy|
|Jon ‘JJ’ Murray*||7/1R||31||2016||2T||Kent||Centre: Ashford, Tonbridge Juddians|
|Will Farris*||2/4R||53||2015||2T||Centre: Malvern, Broadstreet, Winchester.|
|Ollie Best*||9||68||2014||3T/5P/ 19C||Fly Half: Medway|
|Tom Best*(27)||7||165||2008||2T||Kent||Centre: Deal & Betteshanger|
|Dan Smart*||9||79||2014||5T||Scrum Half: Glasgow Hawks|
|Kyle Braithwaite*||0/4R||16||2016||–||Scrum Half:|
|Jim Green*||7/2R||134||2010||–||Kent||LH Prop: Westcombe Park 11.|
|Sam Kenny* (22)||7/1R||71||2014||–||Kent U 20||TH Prop: Thanet Wanderers|
|Aaron Cooper*27||4/3R||38||2016||–||Kent||TH Prop: Dover|
|Tom Rogers* (32)||6/2R||198||2007||–||Hooker: Canterbury Youth|
|Jarvis Otto (21)||2/1R||3||2017||–||Kent U20||Hooker: Dover (c)|
|Royce Cadman* (30)||7/1R||116||2013||–||England Counties Glos & Kent||Lock: Thanet Wanderers, Hull Ionians 14, Doncaster Knights 8, Newport, Bedwas, Hartpury|
|Matt Corker (34) Coach||9||9||2017||–||England Students||Lock: Thanet Wanderers, Wasps 5, Havant*11, Blackheath16, London Welsh (c) 228, Richmond 22.|
|Louis Whetton (22)||2/3R||5||2017||–||N Harbour U20 NZ||Lock: Northcote Birkenhead NZ, Bury St Edmunds*18.|
|Sebastian Clark||4/1R||5||2017||–||OS Wing Forward: Loughborough University|
|Sam Rogers*(26)||7||188||2010||–||Hooker/BS Wing Forward: Canterbury Youth|
|Jake Rigby (21)||3/2R||5||2017||Back Row: Wynberg HS, Varsity College SA, False Bay RFC Cape Town, SA.|
|Max Cantwell*||9||77||2009-11 2015||1T||Kent||Lock/No8: Old Elthamians* 13, Westcombe Park*.|
|Sebastian Roche||2||2||2017||2T||OS Wing Forward/No8:|
|George Micans* (24)||3||115||2010||Kent||No8: Bedford Blues Academy, University of Kent|