Rampant Reeds Secure Bonus Point Win
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 47 OLD COLFEIANS 17
Colfeians came down to Reeds Weybridge last Saturday having won five of their last six games, including a forty-point victory over London Cornish, who had recently beaten Reeds. Even though Reeds were clearly motivated to make up for the previous week’s disappointing showing, the odds were clearly on a tightly contested game, but it didn’t work out as expected.
Reeds had the wind, slope, and the sun in their faces in the first half but despite those elements, it was the Reeds backs who started well with a series of attacks. Ollie Palmer at 9 was rifling out some huge passes to fly half Jack Jesty, who in turn unleashed the dazzling footwork and pace of young Marcus Clark, such an exciting player to watch, and on the other wing there was the combination of pace, power, and devastating carries from Joe Moriarty. Both wingers made key contributions to the win and Colfeians struggled to contain them for the entirety of the game. It was Marcus Clark who was the instigator of the first try, he was deep in Reeds half but broke away from the cover penetrating well into the 22, the ball was re-cycled and a clever cross-field chip by Ollie Palmer allowed play to be switched to the other side of the park and it was Joe Moriarty who collected the kick and strode over in the corner for an unconverted try. 5 – 0 Reeds. Reeds have the best defensive record in the league, a record that has been hard earned by their back row ‘Iron Dome’ defence at the breakdown. But there are fine margins in that department and they were on the wrong end of the penalty count which cost them territory. It was from a five-metre lineout, won by Colfeians, that allowed second row Ethan Collins to batter his way over the line. Chris Harris collected the extras and a narrow two-point lead at 5 – 7. That lead didn’t last long, Joe Moriarty was soon on the score sheet again when he brushed aside two defenders and touched down way out, Jesty banged over a difficult long-range conversion, and Reeds were back in front again at 12 – 7. The visitors were having problems containing Reeds tight scrummage, the two Day brothers, Lennan and Rhys, together with the experience of Josh Brown were a formidable presence and they unceremoniously shunted the Colfeians pack around for most of the afternoon negating their powerful running eight in the process. That possession from the scrums was pivotal as was Reeds own line out and with skipper Herbie Finn and Cameron Goodwin at their best, winning most of the lineouts. In contrast, Colfeians shortcomings in both those departments denied them good possession and provided plenty of opportunities for Reeds talented back division.
Billy Maddock Reeds powerful, straight running centre was causing all sorts of problems for the Colfeians defence. Pete Cole back from university, came into the backs as an injury replacement, his combination with Josh Clark began to find some serious gaps. Two more tries before the break, another long-range effort from Marcus Clark and one from Josh Brown peeling of the back of a rolling maul. Reeds Weybridge were in the box seat, with a sixteen-point lead, Colfeians having secured a single penalty by way of reply. But a bonus point was already in the bag for the four tries making the half time score 26 – 10.
Reeds now had the slope and elements in their favour. Reeds soon drove play deep into the red zone, a rumble from a five-metre lineout, won by skipper Herbie Finn and Lennon Day hit the line at pace for close quarter a seven-point score; 33 – 10 Reeds. There was no way back for Colfeians from that deficit, although they did collect a neat consolation try in the last quarter. Late on, Josh Brown added the icing on the cake when he drove over the line for his second try of the day. Billy Maddock then sidestepped his way through the defence following a break and offload from Cameron Goodwin for the seventh try of the day. 47 – 10 Reeds. Young Jack Jesty had another successful place-kicking afternoon, converting six of the seven tries.
Josh Brown was awarded the Man of the Match for another dominant performance in the tight scrums and his influential presence in the loose.
Man of the Match, Josh Brown
Nigel Connell, Reeds Weybridge Director of Rugby, commented afterwards, ‘that the foundations for success had been laid in the midweek training session where a clear vision of what was needed to achieve a successful outcome in challenging situations was established capped off by excellent decision making at key points of the game’’
Team: Lennon Day / Rhys Day / Josh Brown / Richard Philip / Herbie Finn (Capt) / Cameron Goodwin / Chuggs Wallis / Michael Wasko / George Corner / Ollie Palmer / Jack Jesty / Marcus Clark / Josh Clark (Vice Captain) / Joe Moriarty / Jack Grady / Pete Cole / Nick Brown / Will Relfe.
Next week, Dec 16th, it is the local Derby game against Cobham Away. KO 2:00pm.
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