Defence wins the Day for Reeds
OLD COLFEIANS 16 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 22
Colfeians haven’t lost a home game since early September and a huge crowd of vociferous home supporters, packed the touchlines to see their boys clock up another victory, they came so close, but were denied by Reeds defensive physicality, with Luke Edwards their No 8 at the epicentre. His destructive tackling forced so many spills and turnovers, it earned him the Man of the Match Award. In territorial terms, Colfeians, had the better stats, but because of that totally committed defensive performance from Reeds, they were not able to convert the pressure into points. It was Reeds, against the run of play who went into an early lead following a series of rucks and mauls close to the Colfeians line, quick hands fired the ball out wide with Marcus Clark joining the line from full back to shift the ball on to left winger Jonathan Levitt who, with no room to move and two defenders in position, burst through the tackles to touch down by the flag, Peter Cole collected the extras with a trademark long distance touchline conversion. It was a short-lived lead, Colfeians laid siege to Reeds line, a series of battering runs and Andrew O’Malley, the No 8 found some space to power over. Chris Harris the fly half slotted the conversion to put the sides on level terms at 7 – 7. It was the mazy running of young Marcus Clark, the Reeds full back who was the instigation for Reeds second try. He collected the ball deep in his own territory, if you are looking for a moment of brilliance, look no further than young Clark, he set off and was checked with Camron Goodwin then taking on the ball to the ten meters out. Quick rucks and mauls and it was another youngster from Reeds front row, Rhys Day, who crashed over out wide. Just before the break, there was an exchange of penalties leaving Reeds with a tenuous 10 – 15 lead at the change round, albeit Reeds had by this point lost their young scrum half Tom Sturmer to injury, with Peter Cole the fly half taking over the No 9 shirt – but that affected Reeds attacking potential.
Up front in the tight scrums there wasn’t too much to choose between the two sides, Colfeians have a seriously big set of forwards but as the game progressed Reeds had a slight edge at the set piece and with their pace around the park. That enabled Reeds to deny the home side that weight advantage. In the lineouts, Simon Fozard and Camron Goodwin, didn’t miss a throw all day. However, Reeds defensive abilities were limited when they had two yellows in the second half and Colfeians struck back with two successful penalties. Substitute Ross Stratton came on the add to Reeds defence qualities tackling everything and out wide big Joe Moriarty the winger was denting the defence with his abrasive attacks allowing Reeds to set up camp deep in Colfeian territory. They hammered away at the line without success but with the Colfeian defence locked into the rucks, some sharp passing gave Josh Clark the centre just enough space to squeeze over. A converted score meant it was a six-point game between the two sides. However, with four minutes on the clock Colfeians could nick the game with a converted try and they came mighty close to doing that. Reeds conceded a penalty from the re-start giving Colfeians possession in Reeds 22, but Reeds defence went into overdrive and forced a knock on and the end of the game.
Nigel Connell, Reeds Director of rugby commented afterwards that ‘the outstanding defensive qualities’ of his young side had been the decisive winning factor between the two sides
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