Match Report – Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Chipstead – 19-01-2019
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 31 pts CHIPSTEAD 0 pts
Russ Gibson the experienced London Society referee was in charge of affairs down at Whiteley Village last Saturday, his firm but unobtrusive style was just what was needed in a game where tensions were close to boiling point throughout.
Chipstead, led by fly half Ed Bush have had a season of mixed results, some convincing victories against sides in the top half of the table and some unexpected losses, however Reeds knew from the earlier away game that this could be a difficult afternoon.
Reeds down the slope in the first half piled on the early pressure with the ball pinging around the park amongst the Reeds backs, probing for gaps in the Chipstead defence, but whilst the visitors didn’t see too much of the ball they had an outstanding defence which shut down the attacks.
Reeds were keen to fire the ball out wide from the off to give them more space, they did that all right but unusually, multiple handling errors and poor choices during critical points of phase play let them down and cost them a couple of scores. It had all started so well during the first quarter where Reeds pressure was turned into points.
The first score came from a trademark mazy run from No 8 Alex Corner, fast feet took him through the defence to touch down leaving fly half Pete Davidge to collect the extras. Reeds then quickly clocked up their second try when young Dan Veale, out on the wing and such a powerful runner hammered his way over close to the flag, a steepling conversion from Pete Davidge and Reeds were two tries ahead.
With a clear territorial advantage and a tight scrum causing mayhem for the visiting pack it looked as if there was going to be some serious point scoring but that Chipstead defence, led by the brilliant athleticism of centre George Bingham, kept Reeds at bay for the rest of the first half.
Half time and 14-0 to Reeds but it wasn’t really sufficient reward for the possession they had enjoyed. Reeds pundits would say that you need a two-three try lead at the change round if you have had the slope in your favour, Reeds didn’t get that and with their high octane style of play it is always possible that a loose pass could allow the visitors back into the game, but given the possession that Reeds had enjoyed it didn’t look likely and when skipper Billy Maddock took the ball at pace in the midfield on the twenty two and burst through the defence for the third try, a Chipstead revival was unlikely.
Reeds were in charge of the set piece and dominated the scrums with yet another vintage performance from Josh Brown, the big front row forward, a modern style prop who is comfortable with the ball in hand and such a positive influence on the side. He was ably backed up by his fellow prop Davin Samuel, and George Corner who made a number of telling interventions and turn overs at key points of the game.
With the introduction of new blood just after half time, Tom McClean in the centre contributed well with a number of mazy runs along with Joe Moriarty on the wing with his bullocking runs that helped Reeds make good progress up-field on a number of occasions.
The bonus point try came from Dan Veale, he had threatened all afternoon with his attacks from deep within his own half and he danced along, just inside the touchline to touch down despite some heavy attempts to prevent the score. Finally, just before the close, a tiring Chipstead side got themselves into a real tangle trying to clear the ball off the park, Pete Davidge snapped up the loose possession and dashed in, unopposed for the fifth try of the day.
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Reeds next league fixture is away on January 26th, against the side who have scored the most points in the league, Old Mid-Whitgiftians, whom lie 2nd in the league.
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The Reeds rugby ‘family’ start 2019 with a bang with 2 good wins for 2nd XV (75-5) & 3rd XV (56-3) with 2 further debut from Colts players – go Reeds!