Reeds Humble Hove

HOVE 17, REEDS WEYBRIDGE 55

There was a packed touchline to welcome Reeds on their first visit to the Hove club, and the partisan support for the home side helped them dominate the early exchanges. That possession enabled George Davies the Hove fly half to slot an early penalty, soon followed by a quick-fire passing movement after a smart cross field kick that let full back Danny O’Connor stride over for a converted try. Reeds were ten points adrift within the first quarter and they just couldn’t get their hands on the ball. Perhaps they were a touch ring rusty because of the six week lay-off and it wasn’t until the second quarter that they began to get some possession, mainly from the lineout, which allowed the backs to motor into Hove territory. It was a clever chip kick from Josh Clark over the oncoming defence that clocked up Reeds first points, initially the kick didn’t seem too promising, but Clark followed up smartly to pounce on the bobbling ball and it was five points on the score sheet. It was Clark again who collected another three points for Reeds, a siege gun shot from a good forty-five metres out that went through the middle of the sticks. Reeds were back in the game, Olly Palmer the scrum half was stealing away from the breakdowns causing all sorts of mayhem, up front Reeds big men were punishing the Hove defence with some powerful running and smart off- loading. Just on the break, Reeds were encamped deep in Hove territory, prop forward Josh Brown collected the ball from five metres out and pirouetted his way over for a three-point lead at the change round 10 – 13.

Reeds were now getting into their stride, the scrums were going Reed’s way, where they have the power of Kerran Beavis up front, he was phenomenal at scrum time and in the loose as well where he made an extraordinary number of carries, that work earned him the Man of the Match award. There was a sense that Reeds backs were beginning to get the upper hand, and the second half possession stats showed that Reeds enjoyed most of the ball and territory. In fairness to Hove, their defence was sound enough but in the midfield skipper Billy Maddock was making some serious jinking runs and inroads taking two or three defenders with him that left gaps elsewhere. Scrum half Palmer was controlling the tempo of the game with quick service from the base of the ruck giving that extra yard of space out wide, Palmer saw the defence fanning out to cover the danger leaving space for Palmer to slice through the gap for the opening try of the second half. Reeds ten points in front and with plenty of possession were in control against a tiring Hove defence. Alex Corner, the No 8 carries with real power and clever footwork as well, he out-distanced the Hove cover for the bonus point try and moments later was on the score sheet again with a second try. There was a brief hope of a Hove come back when lock forward Jordan Sayers broke through the Reeds defence for a seven pointer after a charge down but a seventeen-point difference never looked to be threatened. George Corner, Reeds hooker is such a versatile player with his powerful carries and exceptional close quarter handling, he collected the ball from ten metres out and touched down under the posts. There was no way back from that score line and late tries from Joe Moriarty, all power and purpose, and Joe Wastie completed the eight-try victory.

There will be a packed touchline at Whiteley Village next Saturday as there are two home games, both against high flying Old Reigatians who defeated Reeds earlier in the season.

A great weekend for Reeds also saw our 2nd XV beat local rivals Cobham 22pts – 15pts.

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