Reeds Put Cornish on the Rack

REEDS WEYBRIDGE 47 LONDON CORNISH 10

There was a packed touchline down at Whiteley Víllage last Saturday to see Reeds final home league game of the season, against a side that had beaten a weakened Reeds early season. They were rewarded with a high intensity fixture, that lacked some of the finer elements of the game but was a full-on confrontation from both sides, splendidly refereed by South African James Carmichael. It was a dominant Reeds pack, up the hill in the first half that clocked up the first try, a five-metre lineout rumbled forward, Rhys Day, Reeds front row man came steaming through for the touch-down, leaving Jack Jesty, Reeds kicking specialist, to collect the extras with a long-range conversion and five more successful kicks later on. Cornish, down the hill, were happy to run the ball from anywhere on the park, they drove play deep into Reeds territory, but the final pass went astray and Alex Corner, quick as any on the park, ran the length of the field for a seven pointer under the sticks. Cornish got one back when a dropped pass in the midfield went down and allowed Fin Tweedie, the Cornish No 9 to win the sprint for the line and Cornish had seven points on the board. Defensively, Reeds mopped up everything and launched movements from well within their own half, perhaps the best of the day, came just on the break, Pete Cole initiated the attack he has such a keen eye for a gap, Joe Moriarty the big winger was up in support, he brushed off a couple of defenders and fed Marcus Clark who raced in under the posts, Reeds were three tries to one at the break and they had the slope to come. Mike Edworthy, the visiting No 10 gave some hope for the visitors when he slotted a difficult penalty shot but the Reeds pack was in charge and Cornish struggled to get out of their own half. Points had to come, Charlie Collyer the back row forward, not the biggest man on the park but a ferocious competitor and a real handful in the loose, collected a couple of tries and the Man of the Match award. Late on, Alex Corner who had yet another all-court game, collected his second try of the day and Jack Jesty had a remarkable points tally with six out of seven conversions and a late try. It was a healthy scoreline in Reeds favour at the end but there are no easy games in this league, evidenced by Reeds loss to Cornish in the away game. Cornish had the ability to run possession from all parts of the park and those attacks needed to be shut down early, look no further than Reeds skipper Herbie Finn to do the business, one bone shuddering tackle from Finn led the Reeds defence and shut down a movement dead in its tracks and gave Reeds turnover ball, he has done plenty of that grafting work all season.

Man of the Match - Charles Collyer

Man of the Match – Charles Collyer

Team: Lennon Day/Rhys Day/Harry Ring/Herbie Finn (Capt)/Lewis Jones/George Corner/Charles Collyer/Alex Corner Vice Capt/Ollie Palmer/Josh Clark/Marcus Clark/Billy Maddock/Peeter Cole/Joe Moriarty/Jack Jesty. Replacements – Lewis Falmouth/Nick Brown/Michael Wasko

Reeds Weybridge final league game will be away against Sutton and Epsom on April 6th.

Sutton and Epsom, founded in 1871, are one of the oldest clubs in the RFU

Reeds Weybridge face London Irish Wild Geese in the first round of the Papa Johns Community Cup – Away on April 13th.

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