OLD RUTLISHIANS vs REEDS WEYBRIDGE MATCH REPORT

SURREY LEAGUE THREE – OLD RUTLISHIANS 19pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 58pts

Old Rutlishians, under the guidance of their new coaching team of Stacia and Tim Long, play an expansive style of rugby, they have won two of their league games but only lost narrowly to two of the top sides, Met Police and Old Haileyburians. They started this game in fine form by pinning Reeds deep in their own half recycling the ball wide until Reeds ran out of defenders and Jack Bricknell the winger touched down in the corner for a converted try.

Reeds attacked from the restart and Ruts conceded a penalty to narrow the deficit but another flowing move from Ruts allowed scrum half Matt Chandler to chip the ball over the defence for full back James Patience to touch down under the sticks.

Whilst Reeds were two tries adrift they were winning their fair share of ball in the tight and the lineouts and Pete Davidge the fly half was busy unleashing Reeds quick back division.

But it was well into the first half before Reeds had a try on the board, it was made by young Malcolm Harding out on the wing, he was checked just before the line but found full back Chris Stegmann up in support to take the scoring pass, Davidge banged the conversion over quickly followed by a penalty and there was only one point in it.

However just before the change round Reeds mounted a series of attacks on the Ruts line and it was Alex Keefe the big No 8 who went crashing through the defence to put Reeds in front.

There was a stiff breeze blowing down the park in Reeds favour in that second half, Reeds ran most of the possession but if there was any doubt, the ball was hoisted skywards and the defence was under serious pressure. Reeds were spinning the ball out wide and that allowed the gaps to appear, four tries came in quick succession, Olly Savill out on the wing collected the first then Chris Stegmann stretched the lead to twenty points.

A comeback from that deficit looked unlikely and when Pete Davidge and flanker Kerran Beavis grabbed a couple more tries Reeds had an unassailable lead. That didn’t stop Ruts attacking; they gave it everything and late on it was flanker Pierre Wedja who rounded off a fifty metre move that saw the youngster touch down by the flag. Reeds weren’t quite finished, Chris Stegmann Reeds full back scored his third try of the afternoon and Pete Davidge had a hugely successful afternoon with the boot, banging over all seven try conversions and three penalties, one of them a siege gun kick from half way that bounced on the crossbar as it went over.

No 8 Alex Keefe earned his Man of the Match award for a splendid afternoon of endeavour, dominant in open play and so powerful in the loose exchanges.

Next week there will be packed touchline of spectators to see the top of the table clash at Whiteley Village between Reeds and the Met Police both unbeaten this season.

George Spinks
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