Derby Double Delight for Reeds
COBHAM 16 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 45
Cobham and Reeds have enjoyed a close rivalry for over fifty years and this league game, played on a 4G pitch, under lights, was watched by the biggest crowd for a junior rugby game for some years. Buoyed by the host sides hospitality, a huge crowd turned out to watch with Katie Allen from Bicester the official in charge. Her control of the game with clear instructions throughout was an important factor for spectators and players alike. All told, it was a scintillating performance from Reeds which saw them secure a memorable double victory over Cobham their local rivals Cobham.
The early exchanges were, as Reeds expected, dominated by Cobham, they controlled the possession and set up camp deep in Reeds territory. Jonny Holmes, the Cobham No 10, banged over a couple of close-range penalties and Reeds responded with a penalty in front of the sticks to make it 6 – 3, but it was Reeds who were looking so dangerous when they fired the ball out wide. Joe Moriarty the strong running winger was causing all sorts of problems for the defence, and his exchange of passes with centre Matt Stevenson opened up the Cobham cover and it was Alex Corner the No 8 who was on a great support line who touched down to make it 6 – 10 with the score converted by Peter Cole who put on a metronomic kicking display to take every point on offer throughout the encounter. That lead didn’t last too long however, a loose maul from five metres out and young Andrew Murray the Cobham No 2, forced his way over for an unconverted try to make it a one-point game at 11 – 10. However, up front in the tight scrums, Reeds were beginning to utterly dominate their opponents. Just before the break Reeds, one point behind, were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks, skipper Herbie Finn, chose the high-risk option of the scrum, the Cobham eight went into reverse gear that allowed No 8 Alex Corner to drive over the line for a seven pointer and Reeds were six points in front at the change round at 11 – 17.
The next score would be crucial and both sides knew it. Ollie Palmer, Reeds scrum half at the base of a pack that was driving up-field, was firing out huge passes to Josh Clark the No 10, who in turn unleashed Matt Stevenson who capitalised on pockets of space with his mesmerising footwork, add to that Pete Cole the full back coming into the line at pace and that left Cobham locked into a defensive posture. It was Pete Cole who sidestepped his way through the cover, then converted the try to put Reeds in a commanding thirteen-point lead at 11 – 24. Cobham just couldn’t get their hands on the ball, they were shoved around in the tight, and Cam Goodwin and Herbie Finn were in control of the line out ball. Billy Maddock in the midfield, such an uncompromising carrier, needed two or three defenders to keep him in check and with a Cobham player off the park on a red card for an off the ball incident, that left gaps out wide. Reeds went into a two try plus lead when the possession was switched from one side of the park to the other, Cobham ran out of defenders, and Nick Brown the winger stepped in to out to bamboozle the defence and dot down for a converted bonus try that took the score to 11 – 31. In that last quarter, Riley Milsom, Reeds replacement front row forward drove his way over from short distance to put Reeds into a comfortable winning lead at 11 – 38. Late on Cobham responded with a five-pointer following a loose maul on Reeds line but it was Alex Corner Reeds No 8 who collected try No 6 and his third try of the day when once again Reeds expansive play saw Cobham run out of men. Pete Cole the full back was awarded the Man of the Match Award, he converted all six tries, together with his imperious performance under the high ball and potent line breaks and finishing skills.
Reeds Weybridge Director of Rugby commented afterwards that ‘the mid-week focus on the training field was the key element in the two recent huge league wins.’
Reeds Supporters and Players mingle post-match
Man of the Match Peter Cole
Reeds now take a well-earned Xmas break and will regroup on 6th January to Beckenham who currently sit top of the league.
Team: Lennon Day / Rhys Day / Josh Brown / Richard Philip / Riley Milsom / Herbie Finn (Captain) / Cameron Goodwin / Michael Wasko / Chuggs Wallis / Alex Corner (Vice Captain) / Josh Clark / Joe Moriarty / Matt Stevenson / Billy Maddock / Nick Brown / Pete Cole / Will Relfe / Marcus Clark.