Reeds Get that Déjà Vu feeling……
LONDON CORNISH 26 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 23
A review of the league results from last Saturday, showed league leaders Beckenham, losing to bottom of the table of the table Sidcup, and Reeds Weybridge and Ironsides from the top half losing as well, an illustration that every game in this league, is seriously competitive. With that in mind it is worth remembering one of the first principals of rugby is to ‘get fifteen players and the replacements to the ground on time’ Reeds didn’t, due to a combination of absenteeism and last-minute withdrawals they might have got away with it but they lost two players to injury and ran out of key replacements, and games in this league, are won and lost by fine margins. So, in a sense the seeds of this bitterly disappointing defeat were sown before the match had commenced. It all started so well for Reeds, they were winning plenty of possession, which enabled the two wingers, Joe Moriarty and Ethan Taylor to deliver some threatening runs, their work pinned Cornish deep in their half and a catch and drive from So, five metres, unleashed Rhys Day the young front row forward to touch down for a seven pointer. The midfield territory was a feisty battleground with Billy Maddock at his best, driving into the heart of the Cornish defence to suck in the defence to create space out wide, Reeds came so close to clocking up another score, but a ferocious Cornish defence kept their line secure. Young Jack Jesty slotted over a fairly straightforward penalty to put Reeds ten points in front, but Cornish were winning plenty of quality possession and a ten-point lead at 0 – 10 always looked slightly tenuous. Reeds did not help themselves by over using the kicking option as well as kicking poorly; Cornish had some speedy backs on the park and they caused all sorts of problems for the Reeds defence when they attacked from within their own half. That coincided with Reeds losing back row forward Joe Wastie and scrum half Ollie Palmer to injury following a high tackle, two players who were at the heart of Reeds strike force. Just before the break Cornish broke the defensive line and some nice offloading and support play saw them touch down for a converted try but Reeds responded with two long distance penalties from Jack Jesty. At the change round, Reeds had a nine- point lead at 9 -16 and had the benefit of a gentle slope as well. Well before this point Reeds had run out of subs and had to bring coach Rod Jermy and as a consequence what had been a dominant scrum increasingly struggled. Their quality ball came from the lineout, where skipper Herbie Finn and Cameron Goodwin had a brilliant day providing a stream of ball going forward. However, Cornish were having the best of the territory, camped in Reeds half, there was some outstanding and brave defence from Reeds as Cornish battered away at Reeds in the red zone. But Cornish collected their second converted try of the day from their backs who broke away from a ruck and touched down under the sticks to make it 14 -16. Reeds two-point lead was under threat, Cornish then extended their lead with two further slick scores the last one by their speedy winger who broke away down the blindside to score out wide and give themselves a ten-point lead at 26 – 16. With ten minutes left on the clock Reeds drove play into the Cornish red zone, another catch-and-drive and this time it was Lennon Day who battled his way over the line. Jesty banged over a tricky conversion and it was a three-point game at 26 -23. During the last 3 or 4 minutes, Reeds came so close to nicking the game in those closing minutes, but a committed Cornish defence kept them out and Reeds had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point having turned down several chances to take the draw. It was Lennon Day who collected the Man of the Match award, for another huge display up front, in adverse circumstances, together with an absolutely stand out performance in the loose.
Super Sub Rod Jermy
Team: Lennan Day / Rhys Day / Rod Jermy / Herbie Finn (Captain) / Cameron Goodwin / Joe Wastie / Alex Corner (Vice Captain) / Chuggs Wallis / Michael Wasko / Ollie Palmer / Jack Jesty / Joe Moriarty / Billy Maddock / Jack Grady / Josh Clark / Jonathan Rogers / Ethan Taylor.
Next week Reeds welcome Old Colfeians to Whiteley Village for a 2:00pm kick off
GS Dec 3rd from a frozen reporter at bitterly cold London Cornish ground