LEAGUE MATCH Saturday 30th September 2017.
Reeds wreak revenge on OH’s.
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 60pts, OLD HAILEYBURIANS 28 pts
Reeds followed up their winning start to life in Surrey 2 against Old Paulines with a home fixture against Old Haileyburians whom had beaten the home side in both games last season. The omens pre-game looked good with the day dry but overcast – good conditions for the fitter, lighter Reeds side.
Reeds kicked off playing down the slope and were soon into their game courtesy of OH’s failure to field the kick off. This resulted in some sustained pressure from Reeds and good field position which culminated in a well-choreographed move along the back line created by turn over ball from Reeds open side flanker Will Ambidge and culminating in a delicate grubber kick from Davidge which the covering OH full back could only carry over his own line resulting in a 5m scrum to Reeds. A stable scrum once again saw the ball move quickly through the hands with winger Chris Stegmann joining the line as the extra man and floating a nice pass to winger Joe Moriarty to take, round his man, and score in the corner. 8 minutes gone 7-0 Reeds courtesy of the reliable boot of Davidge.
OH’s reply was immediate. Reeds failed to gather the re-start and OH’s capitalised on this by securing the ball and driving through the midfield. An ensuing penalty from Reeds resulted in a 5m line out to OH’s, the ball subsequently being worked along their back line and a missed tackle resulting in a regulation score under the posts from 10 meters out. 11 minutes gone 7-7.
Reeds kick off this time was to the 10 meter line where the ball was gathered by OH’s who made the mistake of kicking the ball long. The ball was gathered by full back Jonny Rogers who flung the ball 20 meters to Moriarty who ran the ball back 30 plus meters to the OH’s 10 meter line where he was brought to ground. Rapid re-cycling from the forwards and quick service from scrum half Ollie Palmer two rucks later resulted in Davidge switching the play back to the blind side where ‘Jack’ Mcclean at outside centre took contact drawing two men and deftly offloading the ball out of the back of his hand to give winger Stegmann a clear run to the line. 14-7 to Reeds after 15 minutes.
Reeds were quickly back into their stride with tight head prop Adam Smith cleanly fielding the re-start and working the ball up-field. Play then moved back and forth within the two 10 meter lines with both sides seeking the next break through before OH’s knocked on and gifted a scrum to Reeds. Reeds next score came directly from first phase play with clean ball from the scrum resulting in a clever pivot move between Davidge and skipper Billy Maddock with Davidge scorching through the OH’s defence on an arching run from 50 meters out to score under the posts. 23 minutes gone 21-7 to Reeds.
Once again OH’s were allowed to respond immediately courtesy of some poor tackling from the Reeds mid-field with their outside centre and no 8 combining well aided by some direct running in the middle of the park to once again score under the sticks. 21-14 to Reeds.
Reeds now sought to re-exert their authority in what was a key stage of the game with less than 10 minutes left to half time. The forwards were now starting to show with some deft close quarter passes involving Simon Fozzard, Herbie Finn ,Tony Adams, Sam Young, Adam Smith and Ambidge all of whom combined well at various points to take play deep into the OH half and earn a 3 point penalty which was converted by Davidge. 24-14 to Reeds.
Reeds inspired by clean ruck ball from the back row trio of George Corner, Fozzard and Ambidge and clever marshalling from scrum half Palmer were now playing all court rugby and choosing to put a high tempo on the game with two tap and go penalties and a quick line out contributing to a concerted effort to run OH’s off their feet. With the ball being whipped from right to left and then left to right the break-through came just before half time with winger Stegmann taking the ball into contact and breaching the try line to score.
Half time 29-14 to Reeds.
The messages from the half time huddle were clear- Reeds were in a good position but needed to keep playing with width and accuracy and build the phases where a score was not on whilst tightening up defence.
It was clear that the next score would be vital given OH’s had the slope in their favour. Reeds were aware of this and were starting to make some big hits no more so than Maddock who made a thunderous tackle on his opposite number stripping the ball in the process and breaking up field. Neat interplay between Alex Corner, Ambidge and Finn following an offload from Maddock to Corner took the ball to the 5 meter line where the ball was recycled by Palmer who popped a nice pass over the head of the onrushing defender to Davidge to allow him score under the posts. 36-14 to Reeds.
From the re-start OH sought to work their way back into the contest and following a period in the Reeds 22, their 10 sold a neat dummy and glided through some static defence to score under the posts and make it 36-21 with just over 50 minutes gone.
Reeds response was immediate. From the kick off the OH receiver was hit hard by Finn resulting in a line out to Reeds on the OH 22 meter line. A clever throw by hooker Young to prop Davin Samuel at the front of the line out resulted in quick midfield ball which was taken up by Moriarty who broke a tackle and offloaded to Corner who was running a close quarter, direct, support line to score under the posts. 54 minutes, 43-21 to Reeds.
Again OH’s sought to respond but the ball was fielded well allowing Palmer to launch an accurate high box kick for the Reeds back line to chase down. With perfect timing Moriarty hit man and ball and led the ensuring ruck over setting up in a another back line move which took play to the OH 5 meter line. The forwards not to be outdone by the backs then launched a catch and drive with dynamic prop Samuel going over in the corner to make it 48-21 at the 60 minute mark.
With the final quarter approaching Reeds were starting to make greater use of their bench and a re-jigged front row of Young, Samuel and Corner set up the next score by taking the ball against the head at an ensuing scrum. Again the ball was worked wide, with replacement Simon Woollatt also prominent in the move, finding its way to Moriarty who once again danced outside his man and then took contact with the last defender looming unselfishly offloading on the outside to hooker Young who ran in unopposed for his first Reeds try from 30 meters. 53-21, 69 minutes gone.
OH’s were intent on salvaging something from the game and some neat interplay off the back of a scrum inside the Reeds 22 saw their 10 launch an inside pass to their winger to score a well worked 4th try and secure a losing bonus point. 53-28 with 6 minutes left to play.
Not content with that OH’s again worked their way into the Reeds 22 and were camped on the Reeds try line with the final play of the game but some great defence from the back row created turnover ball initiated by George Corner which was quickly re-cycled by Joe Wastie who calmly sparked yet another Reeds back line move this time from their own try line. Once again Reeds fly-half Davidge made great ground with his searing pace and offloaded to Moriarty outside the 22 who cut back inside and neatly passed the ball just over the half way line back inside again to outside centre Mcclean taking the final defender out of the equation. Mcclean was then able to run in unopposed to put the icing on a great Reeds team performance from 1-18.
Final Score 60-28 to Reeds.
Man of the match: Billy Maddock for a true skipper’s contribution – leading by example throughout the game.
Honourable mentions for: Ollie Palmer who provided great rhythm and tempo from scrum-half, Pete Davidge for intelligently steering the team at fly half, Simon Fozard for a telling all round contribution especially at line out time, and back row pairing of George Corner and Will Ambidge for bossing the break down, securing turnover ball, and for all round great work rate.
Streatham & Croydon, away, on the 7 October and a chance to erase some bad memories from two seasons past!
Reeds Side: Adam Smith, Sam Young, Davin Samuel, Herbie Finn, Tony Adams, George Corner, Will Ambidge, Simon Fozard, Ollie Palmer, Pete Davidge, Joe Moriarty, Billy Maddock, Tom Mcclean, Chris Stegmann, & Jonny Rogers. Subs: Joe Wastie, Alex Corner & Simon Woollatt. Reserve: Dan Connell.
Author: Mark Sukiennik