Match Report Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Weybridge Vandals 01-12-2018
Vandals Vanquished By Reeds
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 27pts WEYBRIDGE VANDALS 3pts, SURREY LEAGUE ONE
This Derby clash between two top of the table clubs was watched by a huge crowd down at Whiteley Village last Saturday with the result crucial for the promotion hopes for both clubs. Vandals, led by Adam Bullett the big second row have a powerful set of forwards and their game plan was to use their big men to punch big holes in the midfield to create space for their quick backs.
It worked up to a point, but the Reeds back row spent most of last season in defensive mode, defending against a bigger pack, looking to rescue possession from impossible situations and that experience was vital last Saturday. The Vandals possession was slowed down, that isn’t what the Vandals three quarter’s wanted, they needed the ball going forward and too often they met up with Reeds skipper Billy Maddock in the midfield, he was in imperious form, leading from the front with some big hits that led to Reeds launching counter attacks and his men spending long periods deep in Vandals territory.
The breakthrough came after Vandals had launched a huge touch finder down the park, but that handed the ball to the Reeds back division who can attack from anywhere, and they have a back division and forwards who can run pass and tackle, the ball was fired around and young James Botterill finished off the movement from ten metres for the first try of the day. There were some ferocious exchanges taking place and Reeds were certainly on the wrong end of the penalty count, and just before the change round, Cassian Law, the Oxford blue, banged over a huge penalty from the half way line to bring his men right back into the game, two points between the sides but now Reeds had the slope and their backs were looking to run the ball from everywhere and that allowed them to drive play close to the Vandals line, Reeds bashed away with their big men from a series of mauls but it was a quicksilver dart from scrum half Ollie Palmer that took him over the line, Pete Davidge collected the extras and that points gap looked ominous for the visitors.
Reeds backs were attacking out wide but Vandals have a solid defence in the open spaces, none better than young Harry Reed, seriously quick on the march and such an impressive cover tackler. An interception try against the run of play happens to the best backs in the world and it was a hammer blow for the visitors, mid-way through the second half, Pete Davidge the Reeds fly half, saw his chance when the Vandals backs floated a slightly wayward pass, he was on it and try line bound for a seven pointer, a morale sapping moment for the visitors.
Shortly afterwards, fly half Davidge banged over a long range penalty to provide a nineteen point lead with only ten minutes on the clock, there was no way back for Vandals from that situation. No question about the try of the afternoon, Reeds were on the Vandals twenty two, close to the touchline with the backs out wide ready to attack, but scrum half Palmer saw another option, he chipped the ball over the blind side defence, lock forward Joe Wastie collected the ball in the air and crashed over, it was a sublime piece of rugby and notched up a bonus point for the fourth try.
Referee Kelvin Pryor from the London Society had a splendid afternoon, firm, but unobtrusive, he added much to the afternoon.
Man of the Match
Billy Maddock, Reeds skipper, earned the Man of the Match award for his work through the week’s preparation for the game and his leadership on the day.
Honourable mentions for scrum half Ollie Palmer who scored and made a try and to Simon Fozard who made a typically robust contribution and whom we welcome back to the 1st’ following a long layoff.
Yesterday was a great day for the Club with all 3 sides playing at home and winning, which we think puts all 3 sides at the top of their respective leagues
Reeds Weybridge 2nds: 31pts Tiffinians 24pts
Reeds Weybridge 3rds: 21pts Teddington 3rds 7pts
Reeds play their final game before the Christmas break, they are away to the Old Walcountians who are third in the table and have an impressive attacking and defensive record
Reeds Weybridge have a home draw in the fourth round of the RFU Junior Vase, their visitors will be Ashford, the Kent side who are unbeaten and sit at the top of Kent One. The game will be played on February 2nd at Whiteley Village.