SURREY LEAGUE TWO
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 27pts KINGSTON 12pts
Old hands at Reeds, familiar with many years’ experience of Kingston rugby expected to face a forward dominated Kingston performance, but the side that came down to Reeds at Whiteley Village last Saturday have been coached by Phil Clements, he encourages open rugby, and whilst Kingston certainly fielded a big pack, the possession was fired out amongst a highly capable set of backs that tested Reeds defensive qualities to the limit.
Kingston came down the slope in the first half and put Reeds under huge pressure in the tight and it was the work of Alex Corner Reeds No 8, somehow collecting the ball from the base of a scrum going backwards that rescued them from several threatening situations. That outstanding performance earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award for the second week running.
In that first quarter Reeds were on the rack, when they did get hold of the ball they looked dangerous and in a rare sortie into Kingston territory fly half Johnny Rogers banged over a penalty but it was a short lived lead. Kingston went in front when they attacked from their own half, fed the ball out wide and it was centre Conor Ashwin who dived in for a try close to the flag.
Although Reeds were having a hard time up front they were getting plenty of ball from the lineouts and the loose exchanges and whilst Reeds may not have the biggest forwards on the park they are all ball players who can run pass and tackle, at pace as well, and their skills were beginning to create opportunities but one or two chances went begging.
Reeds first try of the day came from an attack on the blindside that saw centre Tom McLean make ground to find winger Joe Moriarty all speed and strength heading up the touchline with two men to beat, Moriarty bounced off the first defender, and then with a sidestep like a jack knife went past the opposing winger and touched down under the sticks, the Whiteley Village support loved that one.
At the change round Reeds still had that narrow lead but with the significant advantage of the slope and a stiff breeze as well. They extended the lead when young Chris Stegmann the full back came thrusting into the attack and scored way out.
It was a ten point lead but not convincing as Kingston mounted a series of attacks led by their quick flanker Sam Croft, he has more than enough pace to play in any back division and Reeds found him a real handful.
When Tom McLean collected Reeds third try of the day after he rounded off a flowing backs movement it looked as if there was no way back for the visitors, but that all changed after Kingston camped on Reeds line and the referee decided to award a penalty try, there just eight points between the sides and Kingston were right back in the game.
It was settled in the last ten minutes of play, Kingston were on the attack but the ball was dislodged in the tackle, Tom McLean collected the loose ball and sprinted fifty metres to touch down under the posts for the fourth try of the afternoon.
That earned them a bonus point and with Cranleigh losing to Haileyburians, Reeds are riding high at the top of League 2. Reeds are away in the League to Economicals next week, looking further ahead, on November 18th they travel down to the North Kent coast to face Whitstable, famous for its oysters, in the second round of the RFU Junior Vase.
REDDS WEYBRIDGE 2nds 26pts WOKING 2nds 21pts