Reeds have had some seriously competitive games against Reigate over the years but this season Reigate are having a torrid time holding up the bottom of the league table having shipped a huge number of points. With that backdrop Reeds were the odds on favourites to collect a decisive win and bonus points as well and they did that in ruthless style clocking up twenty tries.

When such a one sided game takes place there is the danger that the side on top can become over confident and the losing side gets frustrated and aggressive. That didn’t happen, Reigate in a desperate losing cause gave their all till the final whistle, on the other hand Reeds resisted the temptation to turn the game into a sevens contest, but concentrated on running the ball into space, and having plenty of players up in support when the movement was checked.

In the early moments of the game the Reigate pack set up as series of drives that had Reeds defending in their 22, but once Reigate had lost possession and Reeds had their hands on the ball it was problem time for the visitors.

Reeds skipper Billy Maddock set up the first score when he intercepted a loose pass and ran the length of the field to touch down under the sticks, that was a sickening blow for the visitors as they had looked in good shape with their bulldozing moves close to the scrum.

Dom Wooldridge the powerful second row forward clocked up the second try of the day when he outpaced the opposition to the line from thirty metres out, and when centre Joe Moriarty touched down close to the flag for the third try it was clear that Reigate were going to have a tough day at the office.

By half time there were ten tries on the board and fly half Peter Davidge had converted nine of them, Reigate now had the benefit of the slope but it didn’t stop the onslaught on their line, Davidge, the fly half, had the vision to unleash the pace of Reeds two young wingers Chris Stegmann and Matthew Harding and they took full advantage.

When the backs are in full flight it is perhaps easy to overlook the forwards who make it all possible, there wasn’t too much to choose between the packs in the tight with young Davin Samuel, the prop enjoying an impressive performance on his first full outing for the top side. In the loose play Reigate had their moments but Reeds defensive qualities were good as well and the visitors just could not find a way through to the line.

Next week Reeds have a week off, their next challenge will be on November 19th away to the Old Rutlishians.

George Spinks

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