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Mitcham win in 'club' match

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MITCHAM beat Streatham 36-29 in one of rugby's oldest traditions, the 'club' match, giving extra players a chance to start.

Streatham took the field with the first team captain and centre Garvin Toussaint, fly-half Dan Markevics and lock Ben Reeve, who was making a return following a knee injury.

In contrast the pack contained two 58-year-olds including captain Abdul Chowdry, and a 54-year-old, while the wingers were only 17.

After winning 14-10 at Sutton & Epsom two weeks ago on a bitterly cold and wet afternoon, it was a relief to finally play in dry conditions and both sides took full advantage, moving the ball through the hands and scoring some great tries.

Mitcham were first off the mark after barely a minute with Streatham making a hash of the kick-off, conceding a scrum, allowing Mitcham to score the first try, converted to make it 7-0.

Toussaint got Streatham back into it and they scored their first try through John Nielson.

Both sides traded tries, with a neat out-of-the-back door pass from Toussaint to Markevics.

Although it finished five tries apiece, Mitcham slotted a couple more conversions and even kicked a penalty to hold Streatham at bay despite a last attempt to draw level.

Streatham have one last 15-a-side game tomorrow before the sevens season begins.

Mitcham  win in 'club' match


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