Reeds Double Delight!
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 36 CHOBHAM 7
With a five try bonus point win against their local rivals, Reeds Weybridge have secured promotion to London One for next season, meaning that they have achieved their sixth promotion in seven playing seasons. Both sides like to run the ball from all parts of the park, but the driving rain and muddy conditions, hampered any sort of open rugby, especially for Reeds in the first half, when they were defending the slope. This was a day for heavy forwards battling through rucks and mauls, retaining possession until the line was in sight and Reeds have some big men who did just that. They drove play into the red zone, lock forward Dieter Kerschbaumer hit the line at place, fed the ball to skipper Herbie Finn who touched down for a five pointer. The difficult conditions prevented Reeds from unleashing their back division too often, but defence is difficult as well and when winger Joe Moriarty is put away with a metre or so of space, it needs a full-on show stopping tackle to shut him down, that didn’t happen and he brushed off a couple of tackles to touch down close to the posts. Just before the change round, Chobham hoisted the ball deep into Reeds territory and laid siege to the Reeds line, a series of close mauls brought the visitors to within a metre and Robbie Kennard the lively Chobham No 9 darted over for a seven pointer. That try signalled change round time at 12 – 7. Now Chobham had to go up the hill with a five-point deficit, and with Reeds dominating possession throughout the second half it didn’t look good for the visitors. Pete Davidge the Reeds fly half piled on the pressure with some penetrating down field kicks, Chobham were forced into defensive mode and inevitably conceded an offside penalty in front of the sticks, Pete Davidge collected the three points and Reeds had a two-score lead. Chobham were not seeing too much ball and that left them struggling to get out of their own half, Reeds now laid down a series of scrums under the sticks and relentlessly drove Chobham back in the scrum at least twice before the referee decided that there too many infringements and awarded a penalty try. Chobham battled away and there were some fearsome forward exchanges but a comeback from a fifteen-point deficit was an unlikely scenario. Reeds focus was on a four try bonus point and it came from another powerful run from Joe Moriarty, he is such a potent finisher and his converted try put Reeds into a comfortable lead. Late on, Herbie Finn, collected his second try of the day when he crossed from short distance, his persistent aggression, carrying, and determination against a feisty Chobham pack earned him the Man of the Match award.
Next week, Reeds Weybridge are at home and play their rearranged fixture against Old Tiffinians, early kick off expected to 12:00. If they win that match, they will go top of their league.
Reeds Weybridge 2nd XV 40 Chobham 2 XV 8 – Reeds 2nd XV came back strongly having endured the worst of the wind and the rain when playing uphill in the first half to go in at the turnaround only 8 – 5 down. They dominated the second half to win well with scrum half Matt Connell scoring 4 tries.
Reeds Weybridge 3rd XV 5 Chobham 3rd XV 46
Promotion: With the second XV securing a 5-point bonus point win over their nearest title rivals they now top their league and are looking on course for their second successive title. Reeds 1st XV remain in the hunt to win their league and if they were to achieve that feat it would mean that 5 of their 6 promotions over the last 7 seasons would be as champions.
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