Match Report – Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Old Freemans – 9th Feb 2019
SURREY LEAGUE ONE
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 39pts OLD FREEMEN 10pts
Reeds foil Freemen
Freemen are in the bottom half of Surrey 1 but they had given Reeds a hard time in the early season fixture and they came down to Whiteley Village to repeat the performance, during the first quarter they certainly did that.
On a day when Reeds gave two players their 1st XV debuts and welcomed another one to play for the first time this season, the wet and blustery conditions did not favour Reeds running style and a slow start punctuated by a series of handling errors saw them pinned down deep in their own half.
Freemen were winning plenty of possession but Reeds defensive line speed kept the visitors out, but in those situations it is almost inevitable that the defence will stray offside, Reeds did and Gus Noble, the Freemen fly half banged over the penalty.
Freemen playing down the slope were putting in some raking touch finders, a lineout on the five metre line and Freemen secured possession, a rolling maul and Mike Harvey the back row forward crashed over with Gus Noble collecting the extras. 10- 0 up and Freemen were on fire and sensing an upset, however, when they had possession in the midfield they met up with some big hits and they didn’t make much progress, by contrast, once Reeds backs got some ball they looked dangerous.
Reeds battled their way up the slope and it was Michael Wasko, the flanker who led the fight back when he bashed his way over from ten metres near the flag. Jonny Rogers hoisted the conversion over from some distance and Reeds were back in the game.
It was centre Ollie Savill who put Reeds in front, he brings fluidity to the midfield with his intelligent passing and vision, and is deceptively quick as well and he can slither through the smallest of gaps, he set off on a mazy run against the grain of the defence and was over the line for a seven pointer.
Just before the change round Freemen attacked again and pinned Reeds into the corner with a series of driving mauls, a score at that point would have been crucial but Reeds held out and now they had the slope in their favour.
The slope in the wet conditions was a major factor, Reeds began to win a lot of ball and fly half Jonny Rogers fired it out wide to his fellow speedsters, quick hands had winger Dan Veale on the end of a slick passing movement that saw the ball go through several pairs of hands and Reeds had three tries on the board and looking good for more.
Reeds introduced prop forward Kerran Beavis midway through the second half and he is so powerful in that slot and caused no end of problems for the Freemen front row as well being a real presence in close quarters defence. Pack leader Alex Corner stretched the lead with his bonus point try and there was no way back for the visitors after that.
The best try of the afternoon was instigated by skipper Billy Maddock, it looked as if the Freemen attackers had him pinned down in his own twenty two, but he brushed off a couple of defenders and was away up the blindside deep into Freemen territory, Maddock was checked but found scrum half Ollie Palmer on hand to take the scoring pass. Reeds then stretched the lead even further when winger Dan Veale collected his second try of the afternoon and Rogers slotted a penalty.
At this point the game was up but Freemen kept battling with Reeds having to defend their try line stoutly for the last ten minutes courtesy of continued ill-discipline. But despite going down to 13 men the try line was not breached and Director of Rugby Nigel Connell gave the Man of the Match Award to flanker Michael Wasko who had another outstanding game in defence and was the scorer of Reeds first try.
Man of the Match –Michael Wasko
Next week Reeds Weybridge travel up the A3 to New Malden to the Law Society ground. The Law have a huge pool of talented players who will be keen to terminate Reeds unbeaten record.
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