Barber cuts down Seasiders
SEVENOAKS ran in no less than 13 tries as they hammered lowly Eastbourne at the Paddock on Saturday.
The win was their third in four games and sets them up nicely as the season reaches its business end.
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Forward Ed Alteirac said: "With a big game at Warlingham on Saturday it was important for us to lay down some good foundations and find some consistent rhythm.
"Although our decision making was shaky at times we were pleased to have finished the game off with a high score, which shows how clinical we feel we can be.
"It was particularly pleasing to see eight different try scorers as well as some very impressive individual performances."
It was a slow start to the game for Oaks, who despite making the most of early possession had a pass intercepted by the Eastbourne centre, who duly obliged and burst through unchallenged to open the scoring.
The hosts regrouped and used the wake-up call to start working through the phases, and began asking serious questions of the visitors.
From the kick-off Alteirac snatched the ball and found Coleman in support. With quick recycling from the breakdown the ball made its way through the back-line for the first of numerous occasions in the game – which ended with the in-form Pollock going over to open the Oaks account.
Oaks started to go through the gears and caused endless problems for the visitors with some mouth-watering, attacking rugby led by the excellent Barber at full back. Barber was the pivot for most of Oaks's attacks and had a part to play in most of the flowing rugby.
The Oaks line-up certainly paid dividends in what was a very attacking based selection, with Roffey and Unwin in the centres causing problems for the opposing back line.
More running rugby led to another try for Pollock and Dodds got the first of his two for the game.
Sevenoaks certainly found their match in the scrum, with the Eastbourne pack exerting solid pressure on the Oaks eight. This made little difference to the patterns of play as the Oaks pack continued to dominate the lineout and loose play led by the indomitable Pihemma at six, saw Dodds going over for his second.
Once more Barber broke from deep and found Walker with a two-on-one for the young stand off to finish the move under the posts.
The remainder of the half lost some structure in what resembled more sevens rugby and Oaks went into the break 42-7 up. Eager to re-apply the game plan, Oaks flew out of the blocks in the second half. The introduction of Garcia and Woods added the perfect tonic for the next 40 minutes.
Garcia found room to go over in the corner and a good dash from the half-way line from Beasley capped off a fine afternoon for the young lock.
Perhaps the move of the game came from an Oaks lineout. The forwards drove on for two phases and the ball went through the back line with the electric Barber coming into the line in perfect time to beat two cover defenders and offload to Pollock for the veteran wing to complete his hat-trick.
Further tries from Garcia, Hunt and Barber kept the score board moving nicely. Credit must be given to Eastbourne who kept up the fight – and were rewarded with another try after some neat tight play from their pack.
Eager to reach 80 points Oaks had one last play. Scott and Garcia combined well with the in-form Coleman on hand to finish the game off and take Oaks's tally up to 83. Walker added the conversion in what was his ninth from 13 kicks with the young fly-half capping off an excellent game.