Chipstead vs Reeds Weybridge RFC, 20-09-18

LEAGUE MATCH Saturday 29th September 2018

Reeds keep their cool to despatch Chipstead

CHIPSTEAD 13pts, REEDS WEYBRIDGE 33pts

Reeds were seeking to follow up last week’s home win with an away win against a Chipstead side that had lost at home only 3 times over the course of the previous season and had navigated their way to the national semi- finals of the Junior Vase competition.

Reeds wanted a fast start and duly got one with centre Tom Mcclean finishing off a move to score in the corner following a period of possession that involved everyone in the team and initiated on Chipstead’s half way line by new prop Richie Phillips who took contact whilst off-loading out of hand to back rower Dom Wooldridge who made ground up the middle and passed to Reeds rangy number eight Alex Corner who took it up and found fly half Pete Davidge in support to then put Mcclean away for the score. 4 minutes gone, 0-5 Reeds with the conversion missed.

Chipstead were not about to lie down and soon played their way back into the game on 10 minutes with a good backline counterattack followed up by an incisive break from their fly half with the ball being re-cycled well from 5 meters out to result in a score from a close quarters drive. Conversion missed, 5-5.

Reeds soon hit back with following good probing work from winger James Botterill who provide to be a constant menace in the first half with ball in hand. Forwards Joe Wastie, Michael Wasco and Alex Corner were prominent in the build-up to the next score, taking the play well into the Chipstead 22. A knock on resulted in a scrum to Chipstead but with their pack under pressure a strong Reeds defensive line press saw centre McClean neatly intercept an ill-judged flat pass to run in under the posts for a good poachers try – 5-12 Reeds.

The game began to drift at this stage and it became very niggly with a number of off the ball incidents not being picked up by the referee. Whilst the Reeds forwards were dominating their opposite numbers in both the scrum, courtesy of the front row of Josh Brown, George Corner and Richie Phillips, as well as the line out with Herbie Finn prominent in that department it was Reeds propensity to give away penalties that resulted in Chipstead scoring next via a converted penalty following a quick’ tap and go’ to take the score to 8-12. Further indiscretions from Reeds soon resulted in Chipstead finding good field position in the Reeds half and scoring an identical try to their first score from a short range drive to put the game in the balance at 13-12.

Reeds kept pressing however and just a few minutes before half time their scrum dominance resulted in turnover ball from another retreating Chipstead scrum which scrum-half Ollie Palmer got smartly away with the ball going through several pairs of hands in the back line to find its way to winger Dan Veale who crossed the try line in the corner and then ran round to dot down close to the sticks resulting in an easy conversion for Davidge to put Reeds ahead 13-19.

The game took a major turn in Reeds favour at this point with the Chipstead full back receiving a red card for an unprovoked attack on the try scorer beyond the try line that was spotted by the referee leaving Chipstead to play the remainder of the game with 14 men.

Half time 13-19 to Reeds.

The messages at half time were clear- Reeds needed to keep their discipline and avoid getting dragged into scuffles with Chipstead, whilst taking advantage of the slope to play the game in the right areas of the pitch. Coach Connell also stressed the need to look after the ball better at the break down.

The second half started slowly for Reeds with Chipstead securing good field position and pressing Reeds hard but a great turnover from hooker George Corner resulted in Reeds clearing their lines. From a Chipstead knock on at the ensuing line out Reeds scrummed well to secure a penalty and scrum half Palmer sensing the opportunity to stretch the opposition took a quick ‘tap and go’ followed by a neat off-load to skipper Billy Maddock who drove up into contact attracting players to him. With the ball being quickly re-cycled through the back line via Davidge, Mcclean, and full back Jonny Rogers, winger Moriarty made good ground before another penalty and intelligent grubber kick through from Palmer from another ‘tap and go’ allowed Moriarty to round his man, neatly scoop up the ball, to score under the posts. 13-26 to Reeds.

Reeds now pressed the accelerator on the scoreboard with Finn fielding the kick off and lock Wasco making good ground. A wide rifled pass from Davidge following good service from Palmer, with Maddock also running a dummy line off the ball to check defenders, and a neat pin-point pass from Rogers, again saw Moriarty take the ball, hand off his opposite number, and run along the 5 meter channel from 35 meters out to score again under the posts to take the game beyond Chipstead making it 13-33.

At this point the flood gates could have opened but Chipstead dug deep and rallied strongly in the final quarter and exerted tremendous pressure in the Reeds 22 with Reeds conceding a raft of penalties, courtesy of some very strange referring decisions and missed knock on’s, that saw Reeds go down to 13 men following two yellow card offences. Reeds replacements Toby Blyther and Ollie Savill, on with fresh legs, were prominent with Reeds defensive sets being outstanding. Try as they may Chipstead could not find a way through. Finally a penalty to Reeds saw them clear their lines and following a neat wrap around move between Moriarty and Mcclean almost score again at the death.

Final Score 13-33 to Reeds.

Man of the match: Lock Herbie Finn for great line out work and some huge hits in open play.

Man of Match Herbie Finn vs Chipstead 29-09-18

Man of Match Herbie Finn vs Chipstead 29-09-18

Honourable mentions for Richie Phillips, who put in a big shift in his first game for Reeds, Dom Wooldridge for his tackling and defensive efforts in what was a hugely physical game, and Joe Moriarty who made a big impact having come on at half time to score two well worked tries.

Reeds 1st XV: Josh Brown, George Corner, Richie Phillips, Herbie Finn, Michael Wasko, Dom Wooldridge, Joe Wastie, Alex Corner, Ollie Palmer, Pete Davidge, James Botterill, Billy Maddock (Captain) ,Tom Mcclean, Jonny Rogers, & Dan Veale. Replacements: Toby Blyther, Ollie Savill, & Joe Moriarty.

Next Up: Our next league game is at home to OMW’s on the 6 October against the side that finished 3rd last season and another chance for Reeds to put down a marker in the context of the league.

Mark Sukiennik

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