PRELIMINARY ROUND RFU JUNIOR VASE
Reeds Tame Battling Thamesians
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 26pts THAMESIANS 0pts
Reeds had this game marked down as a winnable fixture, against a side plying its trade in Herts & Middlesex 2, but with it being our first fixture of the new season it was hard to know quite what to expect.
The first half saw Reeds playing up the slope with Thamesians putting in a good defensive shift early on. That combined with a few handling errors denied Reeds an early scoring opportunity. However with Reeds continuing to enjoy good field position a nice miss-pass from Pete Davidge in the opposition 22, coupled with a swerving well timed run from Malcolm Harding who had come off his wing resulted in a well worked try. 15 minutes gone 5-0 Reeds.
Reeds continued to secure plenty of ball and work it up through their centres with both Joe Moriarty and Ollie Savil, with a couple a powerful runs, to the fore. Ongoing pressure and possession resulted in what Reeds thought was a well worked chip and gather try with Davidge and Jonny Rogers combining only for the referee to disallow the score. As the first half wore on Thamesians continued to battle strongly and began to secure field possession helped by Reeds indiscipline. Powerful defence by Reeds on their own 5m line by the pack and some imprecision at key points denied Thamesians chances to score.
With around 30 minutes gone Reeds worked their way out of their 22 and injected some pace into the game with a very well worked break with smashing interplay from Harding and Savill that saw Reeds get into Thamesians red zone. Moments later Davidge scampered over the line for a second try which was duly converted. 32 minutes gone, 12-0 to Reeds.
Reeds were now starting to press Thamesians defensively with their line speed, and an interception by Davidge coupled with a clever kick chase saw Thamesians hurriedly clear their lines. The resulting kick was well fielded by Chris Stegmann who set off on a 40 meter jinking run beating a number of defenders to score a fantastic try in the corner. 38 minutes gone, 19-0 to Reeds.
At half time the coaches reminded Reeds of the need to continue to keep their discipline and work hard for one another.
The second half started well for Reeds with some early pressure interspersed with some good scrums that took advantage of the slope but with the result of the game beyond doubt, the game began to lose a bit of shape with both sides conceding a number of penalties and the game becoming a ‘stop-start’ affair thanks to the referee’s whistle. Thamesians enjoyed a good spell of pressure in the mid part of the second half with good scrambling defence by Reeds stopping them from troubling the scoreboard. With around 10 minutes of the game left Reeds again secured good field position in the Thamesians 22 and the influential Davidge again crossed the line from 15 meters out with a zippy burst of pace to round off the scoring action.
Reeds 26 – Thamesians 0 with a good balance of positives and learnings to take from the game but with plenty still to work on as we grow into our season.
Man of the Match
Ollie Savil both for his defensive duties and attacking prowess which saw him at the heart of many of Reeds key moves.
Adam Smith, Alex Corner, Will Ambidge, and Banjo for their work rate and effort, Pete Davidge for a composed game at 10, and Chris Stegmann for his dazzling score.
1. Adam Smith, 2. Toby Blyther, 3. Ben Lewis, 4. Simon Fozard, 5. Herbie Finn, 6. Kerran Beavis, 7. Will Ambidge, 8. Alex Corner, 9. Toby Drake, 10. Pete Davidge, 11. Charlie Smith
12. Joe Moriarty, 13. Ollie Savil, 14. Chris Stegmann, 15. Jonny Rogers. Subs: Freddie Higgs,
Simon Woollatt, Josh Clark, Malcolm Harding.