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Saturday, 6th January 2018

Camberley 75 Andover 7

The elation of Oakwood sponsored Andover's pre Christmas win over local rivals Winchester was quickly forgotten last weekend by a strong and well organised Camberley side.

Whilst the home side looked hungry, Andover had the appearance of a side who had enjoyed the break too much as they struggled to make any impact in the game.

Camberley to be fair are far too good for this league and continue to develop and improve as they head towards inevitable promotion, but Andover made their task easier by putting in a strangely subdued performance.

The normally reliable Andover pack struggled in the tight and from the outset the power and pace of the Camberley back row and midfield was too much for a cobbled together Andover defence. 

Behind to three early tries Andover did stage a comeback and after a good spell of pressure, Nic Reed and Billy Pollard set up a ruck on the Camberley line where Fin Waite managed to burrow over for a neat try converted by Rich Retallick.

This simply served to provoke Camberley further however and they ran in three further scores before the break.

In the second half Andover changed tactics and tried to starve Camberley of the ball.

For twenty minutes the tactic worked and the home side began to get frustrated, but when Andover lost Tom Erskine and Simon Preece to injury the home side regained control and put Andover to the sword.

After the game Director of rugby Andy Waite said 'This was a very disappointing display even though they are a very good side. We can't pull any punches, we were poor for much of this game and against such a strong side there will only be one result. Many of our players tried hard, but it was never enough. We just have to put this behind us and go again next week.'


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