SURFREY LEAGUE THREE
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 47pts LONDON MEDIA 41pts
A packed touchline of Reeds supporters down at Whiteley Village last Saturday witnessed what was certainly the greatest comeback for Reeds rugby that anyone could recall.
As centre Joe Moriarty thundered down the wing for the match winning try two minutes into the final play it sealed a quite astonishing win and saw the London Media players in total despair as just a few moments earlier they were on the verge of notable victory against the league leaders.
Reeds had recorded a big win over Media earlier in the season but the visitors have a huge pool of talented players and you can never be too sure which side will turn up on the day, but for this occasion Media skipper Matt Barnes fielded his strongest side of the season and coming down the hill they tore into Reeds from the first whistle.
Fly half Mitchell O’Callaghan and inside centre Wayne Drayton hit the Reeds defence at pace causing all sorts of problems leaving Reeds pinned down in their own 22, a series of rucks and mauls and Reeds were soon two tries adrift and with very little possession or territory looking as if they would concede more, and they did. Reeds on the wrong end of the penalty count were in defensive mode for long periods, and when they did break out to threaten the Media line the the final pass went astray.
Any hopes that Reeds had of winning had disappeared as half time approached and Media had clocked up a total of five tries with just one try from Reeds winger Malcolm Harding in response, thirty three points to seven at the change round, surely game over.
Shortly after the restart Media banged over a short range penalty to extend the lead and Reeds responded with a try of their own but back came Media with their sixth try of the afternoon. After a series of feisty exchanges Media lost one man to the bin, but it was even worse for Reeds, they had two players sidelined for ten minutes. When you are two men down in the pack there is no point in getting involved in forward battles, fire the ball out wide and hope for the best, none better at that than fly half Peter Davidge, his huge spiralling passes freed off Reeds quick men, a sublime midfield dummy from young Chris Stegmann, saw the full back hammering through the midfield to put him in under the sticks quickly followed by centre Joe Moriarty who sensed just a metre of space on the wing then Dan Connell, Reeds scrum half chased an unlikely opportunity to touch down by the flag, Stegmann grabbed another and unbelievably Reeds began to believe they might just nick the game.
With just five minutes to go on the clock Harry Ricks the big second row forward rumbled over from short range and Reeds were just one point adrift but with the clock against them. Cue centre Joe Moriarty on a high octane run from within his own half, the cover defence fanned out to knock the big man into touch, but his powerful surge took him round the defence and under the sticks and a six point lead.
Media needed a converted try from the restart to win the game but Reeds managed to retain possession and bang the ball off field to record an extraordinary win.
Reeds next fixture is against Reigate away on Saturday March 4th