REEDS WEYBRIDGE 29pts STREATHAM & CROYDON 17pts
When the Streatham and Croydon team roll into town you know exactly what sort of game you are going to get, a forward dominated, hugely physical exchange and Reeds visitors did not disappoint.
Right from the start Reeds were under pressure in the tight and whilst Reeds No 8 was still able to secure possession to get the backs on the move the wet weather and muddy conditions put a severe brake on Reeds style of play.
The weather didn’t favour an open game but that was where Reeds looked so good, Reeds fly half keen to attack from all phases and intelligent passing and vision creating openings with the wingers a constant threat. But it was Reeds scrum half who was the architect of Reeds first try, he saw space out on the wing, an exquisite chip kick was collected by the right win for him to score by the flag. 7-0 Reeds.
Up front there was a real battle going on led by Josh Smith, Streatham’s No 8, big and strong it took two or three men to drag him down, but it was that defensive work from Reeds that was the eventual key to their victory. Reeds needed to get points on the board in that first half when the elements were in their favour, and it was Reeds big lock forward who extended the lead when he bashed his way over from short distance for a second score.
Later, Reeds deep in Streatham territory created a rolling maul try line bound when a peel off the back resulted in a score under the sticks for Reeds third. Just on the break, Reeds right winger danced along the touchline with searing pace for the bonus point try. The change round saw Reeds leading 24-6, but Reeds knew that defending that slope in the second half was going to be a problem.
Up front Reeds were in trouble in the tight and conceded penalties in the process, that gave Streatham territory and they clocked up another two penalties quickly followed by a try from winger Vincent Augustin, crucially, Josh Burke who had such a good day with the boot missed the easy conversion.
Seven points between the two sides and Streatham sensed they could nick the game. However it was Reeds who delivered the hammer blow in the last ten minutes when a move through the hands involving forwards and backs interplay resulted in a touch down by the flag to secure the win.
Man of the Match – Herbie Finn for his great defensive work, line out performance and all round ball carrying threat.
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