Canterbury RFC v Worthing Raiders
6th October 2018
This Saturday Raiders are on the road to The Marine Travel Ground, Merton Lane, to take on Canterbury RFC. This will be our 9th visit to their ground for a National League 2 South fixture.
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 underway until after harvesting in October. In 1937 the club moved to the present ground in Merton Lane, which is now known as MTG (Marine Travel ground). The Mayor of Canterbury opened the playing facility, although changing and post match discussions were still held at a local pub, ‘The Fleur de Lys’.
In the early 1990’s the club was wallowing away in Kent 2, but by season 2006/7 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 senior 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, East 1.
Wheel-Chair Rugby was been added to the club’s activities 4 seasons ago.
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 C35 W17 W11 C20 W12th C5th
2009/10 C16 W18 W20 C20 W6th C7th
2010/11 C20 W38 W57 C22 W8th C14th. Canterbury Relegated
2012/13 C17 W38 W55 C31 W 2nd C8th Worthing Promoted
2014/15 C12 W20 W36 C25 W5th C11th
2015/16 C20 W27 W41- C24 W 11th C 10th
2016/17 C13 W7 W30 C12 W 12th C 8th
2017/18 C 50 W26 W22 C17 W7th C 10th
4th November 2017….. Canterbury 50 Worthing Raiders 26
Raiders travelled to Kent in 10th spot (19pts) three places and 10 points behind the hosts. Nevertheless, as usual, looking for the win especially after the close victory against local rivals TJ’s (23-19) the previous week. Raiders got off to a flying start with Jack Maslen crossing twice in the first 10 minutes or so. The home side responded with 2 tries of their own (Sayers & Cooper), the scoreline 10-12 with barely 15 minutes played. Despite end to end stuff that concluded the scoring for the half, Raiders edging it up the slope. The home side opened strongly in the second period and after exerting prolonged pressure a penalty try and a red card (McIlwaine, high tackle) were awarded in the 46th minute. Probably the turning point in the match as the home side added 5 more tries at regular intervals. Raiders showed glimpses of their own and were pleased to grab a bonus point score in the final minute.
Canterbury: Kingsman, Moss, Farris, Best T, Sayers, Best O, Braithwaite, Green, Otto, Cooper, Cadman, Corker, Stephens, Clark, Cantwell. Bench: Howard, Rogers T, Kenny, Smart, Woodbridge.
Raiders: McIlwaine, Maslen, Richards, Leeming, Hampson, McLean, Walsh, Ajayi, Luke, Litterick, Spurgeon, Worrall, Lake, Dawe, Perkins. Bench: Grief, Sargent, Redmayne, Whittall, Boyland.
17th March 2018…..Raiders 22 Canterbury 17
On a blustery, bitterly cold day Raiders opened strongly with David McIlwaine crossing within 5 minutes. The home side extended their lead in 20th minute when Kemp Price scored, McLean converted to give the home side 12-0 lead, which was maintained until the break. An early try from Harry Forrest extended the home advantage, but the visitors pulled the score back to 17-7 in the 57th minute following a score from replacement Frankie Morgan converted by Dan Smart. Within five minutes the home side had the bonus point in the bag when Henry Birch crashed over following a strong run from Kiba Richards (22-7). Raiders continued to press, but the final 10 minutes belonged to the visitors as ‘JJ’ Murray crossed for 2 unconverted tries (76th & 79th minute) to grab a losing bonus point for ‘The City Club’. (205 hardy souls attended!!)
Raiders: McIlwaine, Maslen, Richards, ForrestJ, ForrestH, McLean, Walsh, Ajayi, Luke, Gatford, Dingle, Spurgeon, Price, Harris, Perkins. Bench: Grief, Birch, Lane, Redmayne, Boyland.
Canterbury: Moss, Horner, Murray, Sterling, Sayers, Smart, Braithwaite, Cooper, Rogers, Kenny, Cadman, Corker, Rigby, Clark, Cantwell. Bench: Morgan, Otto, Whetton, Bailey, Green.
Canterbury Last Season………10th ……W13 D1 L16…72 points
Another middling season. Never any real danger of the team being dragged into relegation territory. Their home form remained solid with 9 wins. The spoils with county rivals Tonbridge Juddians were shared, although the ‘away’ team won each leg (24-36 at The Slade, 19-22 at MTG). Leading points scorer was Ollie Best with 105 points. Leading try scorer was Harry Sayers with 15, closely followed by Aiden Moss on 14. Lock forward, Matt Corker was involved in all 30 matches, scrum half (sometimes fly-half) Dan Smart featured in 29.
This season so far…….P5W3L2….5th ….17points
The season got off to a tough start with the fixture secretary sending them to Reading, to take on many pundits favourites for the title RAMS (formerly Redingensians). From the result (44-15) the pundits may be correct, although since then Canterbury have shown decent form with wins against Tonbridge Juddians (29-20), Old Redcliffians (21-43) and Ding’s Crusaders (40-18). Last week they had a very close encounter with Taunton Titans (23-22) a last gasp conversion drifting wide to deny the win.
A list of the players used so far is provided below along with further information as to their credentials. Top try scorer from last season Harry Sayers has not yet turned out, although there is still try scoring dominance from the backs. Fly- half Harvey Young has been recruited after seasons in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Perth (W.A.), although he does hail from Kent! Sam Goatley who played for Cinderford last season has also signed and has featured in the centre in the last 3 matches. Winger Charlie Grimes, who was on the bench last week, played for Luctonians in N2N, although he has been playing in New Zealand for Marist Albion. (It is interesting to note that erstwhile Worthing (and Canterbury) free scoring No8 Rowan O’Gorman is coaching Marist!) In addition there appear to be a few players now at Canterbury who also have Bury St Edmunds RFC on their CV! Hooker Tristan King and open side Sean Stapleton have joined , although the latter is side-lined with an injury. In the boiler house ever present combination of Royce Cadman and Matt Corker must get a mention. Dan Smart is back to scrum-half and has been ever present.
Yet another tough encounter faces the boys so it would great and much appreciated by the players if you can add touchline support.
(As an added extra Canterbury are celebrating ‘ Oktoberfest’!!)
|Name (Age) *Played v Raiders||Apps 2018/9||N2 Apps||Join||Pts||Honours||Position Prev Club/s apps * Played v Raiders|
|Team v Taunton|
|Aiden Moss* (26)||3/1R||132||2012||2T||EngCount u20 Kent||FB: Blackheath 4.|
|Ricky Mackintosh*||4/1R||64||2012||2T||W: Dover|
|Sam Goatley (27)||3||3||2018||2T||Glos||C:Old Centralians, Bury St Edmunds* 17, Cinderford* 26|
|Sam Sterling*||5||12||2018||–||Munster U20||C:Kilkenny Coll, UL Bohemians, Bury St Edmunds* 32, Ampthill 7|
|Jon ‘JJ’ Murray*||3/1R||52||2016||2T||Kent||W: Ashford, Tonbridge Juddians|
|Harvey Young (23)||5||5||2018||2T2P 13C||FH: Westcombe Park Acad, Armagh, Dundee HSFP, Cottesloe (Perth WA)|
|Dan Smart*||5||103||2014||4T||SH: Glasgow Hawks|
|Aaron Cooper* (28)||4/1R||60||2016||1T||Kent||LHP: Dover|
|Tristan King (23)||5||5||2018||2T||Ulster U20||H: Malone, Bury St Edmunds* 19|
|Sam Kenny* (23)||5||93||2014||–||Kent U 20||THP: Thanet Wanderers|
|Royce Cadman* (30)||5||138||2013||–||Eng Counties Glos & Kent||L: Hull Ionians 14, Doncaster Knight 8, Newport, Bedwas, Hartpury, Thanet W|
|Matt Corker* (35) Coach||5||34||2017||–||Eng Students||L: Richmond 22, London Welsh (c) 228, Thanet W, Wasps 5, Havant*11, B’heath16,|
|Jamie Stephens* (19)||4/1R||15||2017||–||BSWF: Canterbury Youth|
|Sebastian Clark*||3||20||2017||–||OSWF: Loughborough University|
|Jim Green*||1/4R||151||2010||1T||Kent||LHP: Westcombe Pk 11.|
|Jarvis Otto* (22)||0/5R||29||2017||–||Kent U20||H: Dover (c)|
|Louis Whetton* (23)||0/3R||18||2017||–||N. Harbour U20 (NZ)||L: Northcote Birkenhead NZ, Bury St Edmunds* 18|
|Ollie Best*||2/3R||83||2014||3T1C1P||FB: Medway|
|Charlie Grimes (22)||3/2R||5||2018||2T||N. Midlands U20||W: Luctonians, Marist Albion NZ|
|Played Recently||Last Played|
|Tom Best*(28)||1/1R||182||2008||–||Kent 1st Sept||FH: Deal & Betteshanger|
|Frank Morgan*||0/1R||24||2015||–||1st Sept||C: Folkestone|
|Keiran Thompson||0/1R||25||2016||–||1st Sept||W: Thanet Wanderers|
|Tyler Oliver||2||2||2018||–||8th Sept||No8: Bedlinog RFC, Cardiff Blues|
|Max Cantwell* (c) (27)||1||93||2009 2015||–||Kent 8th Sept||L/8: Old Elthamians* 13, Westcombe Pk*.|
|Sean Stapleton (30)||1||1||2018||–||Connaught Acad 1st Sept||OSWF: Buccaneers, Roscrea, Palmyra (Australia), Bury St Edmunds* 76|