MATCH REPORT – Economicals vs Reeds Weybridge (RWRFC)


Reeds Weybridge (RWRFC) make it 5 out of 5 in Surrey League 2, with an away win at Economicals  on Saturday 28th Oct 2017, 53 points to 26!
Although Economicals are at the bottom of the table a closer look at the statistics shows a clearer picture, they hadn’t lost their four games by many points and they had scored the highest number of points, by some way, of the bottom four sides, it all suggested that Reeds were going to face an attacking side and that is exactly what they got.

But it was Reeds who opened the scoring right from the start, Pete Davidge Reeds fly half fired the ball out wide, centre Tom McLean came surging through and was try line bound and Davidge banged over the conversion from way out. But that Economicals attacking threat was soon evident, close quarter work around the loose rucks provided plenty of possession going forward stretching Reeds defence to breaking point and a try under the sticks had the sides with level points.

Up front, Reeds had problems, they were up against a heavier pack but that has been the case for most of the season and Alex Corner the No 8 is getting used to collecting the ball in those circumstances.

And the lineouts usually a safe area for Reeds were not going too well either but Reeds line speed in defence, along with some shuddering tackles gave them the possession they wanted. Billy Maddock their talismanic skipper, big and strong, a wrecking ball centre was making some big holes in the Economical defence, sucking in the cover to give space to the quick men out wide, he was a key figure in the eventual victory and received the Man of the Match award.

It was his work that gave the space for young Chris Stegmann the winger to collect the first of his three tries, he has speed and strength and is very difficult to bring down. Reeds had two tries converted tries on the board and with a Pete Davidge penalty Reeds had nosed into a ten point lead, but it didn’t last long, that attacking threat from the homesters was always there, a punishing series of loose rucks and mauls came ever closer to the Reeds line and finally they ran out of cover, Economicals scored under the posts and it was game on.

There were some fierce exchanges in those loose rucks but Reeds have a very competitive back row that includes young Will Ambidge, aggressive and fearless he is a real problem for the opposition at the breakdown and he collected Reeds third try of the day when his pace took him away from the ruck and in for a converted try. Two more tries, both from young Stegmann before the interval, and Reeds had a twenty two point lead at the change round.

Lesser sides might have let their heads go down but not this Economicals side, they laid siege to the Reeds line and finally broke through for their third try of the afternoon. However, any doubt about the final result was gone when skipper Billy Maddock bashed his way through for Reeds sixth try of the day.

Pete Davidge Reeds fly half was a pivotal figure in Reeds victory, his prolific goal kicking, tactical skills and pace opened up the defence and he collected the last try of the afternoon when he attacked from Reeds own try line and ran the length of the field to score under the posts. Economicals had the last word with their fourth try of the day which deservedly earned them a bonus point.

It was a great game of open rugby with eleven tries, all of it overseen by some splendid refereeing from ex policeman Paul Palmer, his calm authoritative display ensured a great afternoon for players and spectators alike.

Next week Reeds are away again to the Coulsdon ground of Purley John Fisher

George Spinks
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