Reeds Rue Squandered Possession and Chances
KCS OLD BOYS 18 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 17
It is only three years ago that KCS Old Boys went through a season unbeaten and collected maximum league points on the way, however, this season they are propping up the bottom of the table. But that fairly recent achievement, underlines their ability to draw on a huge range of talent and they certainly fielded a classy side, with supporters to match, against high flying Reeds last Saturday. Reeds were in charge of the formal passages of play, shunting the tight scrums about all afternoon and in the lineouts, Michel Wasko earned his Man of the Match award with his impeccable display which provided a stream of quality possession. That up front dominance in the set pieces gave Reeds opportunities out wide, but they were up against a KCS defence that stopped Reeds free flowing style and it was KCS, with limited chances who looked dangerous on the march. In fact, Reeds were uncharacteristically poor in keeping their shape and structure especially in the second half and that will need to be worked on over the next two weeks. Having weathered a strong start by KCS with a prolonged spell of good defence, Josh Clark, Reeds fly half opened the scoring with a penalty, but George Jones, the home side fly half replied soon after to level the scores. KCS had fielded a solid defensive wall in the midfield and Reeds needed to stretch the KCS defence from one side of the park to the other to break through. They succeeded with their first try of the day, quick hands and the ball was with Jonathan Levett the strong running winger, the cover fanned across but Levett was over by the flag leaving Josh Clark to bang over a long-range conversion to collect the extras. 3 – 10 to Reeds. Just on the break, KCS were on the attack deep in Reeds half, but with defences dominating KCS won the penalty at the breakdown and opted to take the points with Jones slotted a fairly straightforward penalty. Just four points between the sides at the change round and Reeds were in no doubt they faced a serious challenge. In the third quarter Reeds started well with their set price dominating. Queue a push over try from 5 meters which has illegally halted and converted into a penalty try and Reeds looked to be in charge at 6 – 17. Reeds now enjoyed an eleven-point gap and were bossing the game territorially and with an eye on trying to secure 4 tries and a bonus point turned down a number of kickable penalties – when a good break aided by a slice of fortune led to a KCS try out of nothing with Jacques Birch the elusive KCS back touching down for an unconverted try. It was certainly game on, six points between the two sides, a converted try would win the game. Reeds mounted an attack from the half way line, the KCS defensive wall hit Reeds, the possession went to ground with a kindly bounce and Jack Dunn the KCS centre was up-field and over the line for a converted try and a one-point lead. Reeds stormed back and in the remaining two minutes secured two penalties the last of which was a difficult chance to win the game with a last-minute penalty shot that drifted wide. The KCS victory and other league results from the weekend, underline the fact that Reeds are playing in a league where any of the sides, whatever their position in the league, can win any game.
Man of the Match Michael Wasko
Shannon Fullen / Rhys Day / Lennan Day / Toby Blyther / Josh Brown / Herbie Finn (Capt) / Michael Wasko / George Corner / Lewis Jones / Matt Connell / Peter Cole / Joe Moriarty / Josh Clark / Billy Maddock / Jonathan Levett / Ethan Taylor / Jonathan Rogers
Next week Reeds have a break from League rugby, their next Fixture is at home against Gravesend on Feb 11th and a chance for Reeds to avenge an earlier away defeat.
Reeds 2nd XV also lost their game against Cobham, the final score being Reeds 18 – Cobham 28.
GS Jan 29th 2023