Reeds Bounce Back Emphatically Against League Leaders Chiswick
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 43 CHISWICK 0
Top of the table Chiswick must have fancied their chances against Reeds – earlier in the season, Chiswick had defeated Reigatians, whereas Reigatians had just put forty points on Reeds the previous Saturday. However, it didn’t work out like that, Reeds were smarting badly from that heavy loss and keen to learn lessons from their first league defeat since early 2018. They did that in some style with a seven try victory against the league leaders.
The problems for the visitors started with the first tight scrum, that went rocking backwards allowing Reeds to collect possession going forward, No 8 Alex Corner surged through the defence on the narrow side and found winger Joe Moriarty just inside the touchline, everyone loves to see a big winger on the move and Moriarty didn’t disappoint, he bounced the defenders out of the way and he was over near the far flag, ‘Pistol’ Pete Davidge banged over the long distance conversion with ease and Reeds were on the march.
Chiswick were struggling to get their hands on the ball, any scrum ball possession was in retreat, and the lineouts were under pressure from the physically dominant presence of Dieter Kerschbaumer and Herbie Finn, Reeds big lock forwards, but it wasn’t all Reeds, a few rolling mauls close to the line came close but somehow Reeds cover managed to keep their line secure. Try number two was initiated by Moriarty, he drove play up the midfield offloaded delightfully, and Alex Corner burst through to touch down under the sticks. A fourteen-point lead was never going to be decisive against the league leaders, especially as Reeds were down the slope in that first half.
Chiswick were on the attack deep in Reeds territory, and with about 5 minutes of the half left, they laid siege to the Reeds line and tried to rumble over from close range several times. Reeds defence was back to its normal miserly standards, the pressure repelled, and a penalty awarded. Indeed at a crucial moment they lost possession in open play, Davidge fired the ball out wide, and young Marcus Clark on his debut performance for the top side outpaced the cover to the touch down for a converted try, just on half time. That was a killer blow for the visitors. Half time 21 – 0.
Now Chiswick had the slope advantage, they were twenty-one points adrift and they needed to do something special to get back into the game, but they were living off scraps of possession, needing to run from unpromising situations. A knock on ten metres from the Chiswick line was snapped up by Reeds skipper, Billy Maddock, who touched down under the posts. 50 minutes in and Reeds had earned the extra bonus point for the fourth try.
There was no way back for Chiswick from that deficit, Billy Maddock was punching holes in the midfield, Ollie Palmer the scrum half, such a live wire around the loose scrums was causing all sorts of problems for the opposition, more points had to come. They came from Moriarty, courtesy of good hands along the back line including the injection of Josh Clark from full-back to create the extra man – Moriarty was in imperious form, all power and strength which took him over the line for his second try and put the game beyond a Chiswick come back. In the last quarter, Reeds clocked up another couple of tries, Billy Maddock crossed for his second and Pete Davidge rounded off a three-quarter movement that stretched the Chiswick cover.
The Man of the Match Award went to Joe Moriarty whose outstanding performance was at the heart of Reeds victory.
Nigel Connell, Reeds Director of rugby commented that the intensity of the mid-week training sessions, had been central to the successful result against the top league side and that this was a significant milestone victory for the home side.
Next week is a local Derby against Chobham away 2:30pm kick off. Feet will need to be firmly back on the ground for that show-down.
George Spinks Nov 7th