KSN are proud to support:

Dorking 50-21 Canterbury
Dorking 50-21 Canterbury

Giving a side 21 points start in the first twelve minutes is to invite trouble and Canterbury duly paid a heavy penalty.

A hesitant defence had plenty to answer for as Dorking plundered three tries in a blistering opening spell and went on to dominate this National 2 East match. 

Wing Toby McCrae scored five of their eight tries but it  was the work of the home pack and their powerful back row that opened up opportunities that the city side could not match.

Canterbury’s best moments came from the back division, with fly half Frank Reynolds launching dangerous attacks, and they found a response to Dorking’s early burst in which MacCrae, twice, and Fred Dalton made touchdowns, all converted by Henry Anscombe. 

Tom Best’s 17th minute try, converted by Reynolds, was a good as as any but hopes of a recovery were dashed when former Canterbury man Will Scholes made an interception to set up a score for Cam Cowell. 

When McCrae, running at full tilt, plucked a cross kick out of the air and steamed away to complete hit hat trick the gap was widening ominously. 

A catch and drive try for hooker Nathan Morris before half time, converted by Reynolds, raised Canterbury spirits and with the considerable Dorking slope in their favour after the break, and the memory of their second half exploits the week before, there were grounds for optimism.

Those quickly evaporated when the city club were turned over at a scrum on the Dorking line and a try they might have had was instead scored by McCrae the other end via a swift counter attack.

The best hope now was to find a losing bonus point and Canterbury managed a third converted score through Frank Morgan. 

However, in hunting for that face saving fourth touchdown their execution deserted them and the home side finished as they had started, well in the ascendancy and marking it with late scores from McCrae and Fraser Mosley.

Canterbury: W.Waddington, G.Hilton, L Hollidge, T.Best, F.Morgan, F.Reynolds, B.Cooper (rep T.Williams),  B.Young (repl D.Herriott), E.O’Donoghue (repl N.Morris),  C.Macmillan, D.Irvine, J.De Vries (repl H.Furneaux) J.Stephens, C.Murray, T.Oliver.

Pictures supplied by Phillipa Hilton.