MATCH REPORT – Southampton vs Reeds Weybridge (RWRFC)




The Junior Vase is a welcome distraction from the intensity of league rugby as it gives clubs the opportunity to play against sides outside the usual area and of uncertain standard. Southampton are unbeaten in the league and top of Hampshire 2, Reeds, similarly are top of Surrey 2.

But seasoned observers of the junior game would point out that Hampshire rugby is not as strong as their Surrey neighbours. Town sides usually provide some big men up front and Southampton were no exception and in the early stages of the game Reeds were going backwards in the tight, however, in the loose exchanges and the lineouts Reeds secured plenty of ball and on a full size pitch that allowed Reeds quick men to set up camp in Southampton territory.

Johnny Rogers penetrating insertions into the attacks caused all sorts of problems for the defence and it was Rogers who collected the first points of the day after Chris Stegmann, Reeds strong running winger had been checked just short of the line.

It was relentless pressure from Reeds who were firing out some huge passes stretching the Southampton cover from one side of the ground and back again. Joe Moriarty the big winger was next over the line quickly followed by Chris Stegmann, three tries were on the board within twenty minutes. However, Southampton were still in the game by way of penalties, four of them, too many for Reeds coaching staff who will know that in tighter games better discipline could be decisive.

Reeds collected another couple of tries, one from their lively scrum half Ollie Palmer and Chris Stegmann was over for his second before Southampton struck back, just before the break with a try under the sticks.

Shortly after the restart No 8 Alex Corner surged through the defence to extend the lead but then some shaky Reeds defence allowed Southampton to attack from within their own half and score a converted try, ten points between the two sides was not the comfortable lead that Reeds wanted. That soon changed, fly half, Pete Davidge saw space out wide, he is seriously quick and outpaced the defence to score. That was the crucial score and heralded the arrival of Reeds replacements, fresh legs and quick as well against a tiring Southampton side opened the floodgates.

Alex Corner, who was so influential in the victory grabbed a hat trick, with Joe Waisty on as a replacement, skipper Billy Maddock and Herbie Finn as the other scorers. There were two ‘Men of the Match’, scrum half Ollie Palmer, who was a real handful and Alex Corner for his dominant No 8 performance.

Next week Reeds are back in league action at home against Kingston at home
George Spinks

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