REEDS WEYBRIDGE 53pts ECONOMICALS 22pts SURREY LEAGUE TWO
The league table shows that Economicals have won just a couple of games this season but they have come very close to turning over some of the sides in the top half, clocking up ten bonus points as well.
Reeds knew that Economicals are a big strong attacking side that can cause a lot of problems and that is how it was – Reeds up the slope in the first half went on the attack right from the start with the ball flying from one side of the park to the other but that Eco’s defence was rock solid for the first quarter until Reeds winger Botterill burst away from the cover for a converted try.
That lead didn’t last for too long as the huge Eco’s centre penetrated Reeds defence and touched down by the flag for an unconverted try. Davidge, Reeds influential fly half extended the lead with a penalty in front of the sticks but Eco’s were now spending a lot of time deep in Reeds territory with their big forwards. Reeds were in defensive mode, and struggling to get quality possession from the set scrums and that combined with some punishing rolling mauls led to the Eco’s No 8 touching down after a series of punishing drives – 10 all and game on.
Out wide, Reeds had some devastating fire power with two attacking wingers who can take on a defence with guile and blistering pace and when winger Harding was put away out wide, a surge of pace on the outside and he was try line bound. Reeds firing the ball out wide were a constant threat and with the Eco’s defence fanning out to cover the danger, Davidge the spotted the increasing defensive gap and accelerated through it and then passed the ball to lock Woollatt to touch down. Reeds bonus point try was certainly the score of the day, Davidge had spun the ball out wide and centre Stegmann hit the line at fearsome pace taking the inch perfect pass without a hand being laid on him to score. That should have put Reeds in the box seat, but before the change round their centre went flying down the wing for a converted try.
27-17 at half time.
In the third quarter Reeds were coming under pressure from those big Eco’s forwards, however, a loose pass was snapped up by Stegmann who ran the length of the field to touch down under the sticks. In reply, Eco’s threw everything at Reeds and their powerful No 8 bashed his way over to give his side some hope.
Perhaps Reeds fitness told in that last quarter and gasmen Stegmann and Botterill scored three tries in the final quarter. It looks a convincing score line, eight tries to four but this Eco’s side gave Reeds a real test in all departments.
Man of the Match
Simon Woollatt for his all-round performance in both attack defence, the set piece and open play.
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