LONDON MEDIA 22pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 84pts
The London Media rugby website says that they have “a wealth of rugby talent with players hailing from all parts of the globe” that sends a warning note to visiting teams that you never quite know what side you are going to face. Their results this season have been impressive, they are the only side to have beaten the Police and have just the one loss against high flying Old Haileyburians, and Reeds will recall their visit to Battersea last season when Reeds won a hotly contested game by just one point.
The scene was set for another close encounter and it was Media who were on the attack from the start securing possession deep in Reeds half then driving around the fringes, recycling the possession for more of the same, it had Reeds on the back foot and they soon conceded a penalty leaving them three points adrift.
But all that was before Reeds had managed to get their hands on the ball and that came from the first scrummage of the game when Reeds front five turned on the power and the Media pack went rocking backwards, that in turn launched Reeds back division.
Reeds have serious pace out wide together with clinical passing, which completely outflanked the Media defence leaving Peter Davidge Reeds fly half to touch down under the sticks.
Reeds backs don’t need too much encouragement to run the ball from anywhere and that tactic unravelled the Media defence, within ten minutes Reeds has another three tries on the board.
Whenever Malcolm Harding, Reeds young winger was in possession there was danger for the opposition he has bucket loads of pace with the ability to beat the defence on the outside and squeeze the ball away even when checked.
Reeds had the edge in those tight scrums and were winning plenty of ball from the line outs, however the one area where they met their match was in the loose rucks and mauls, Media were able to secure their second their second phase possession and were very difficult to stop when their back row got on the move, perhaps they should have used that tactic more frequently because when they decided to kick for position it all too often allowed Reeds to counter attack.
Reeds had eight tries on the board at the change round with just ten points for the homesters, it looked as if it was going to be a long second half for the Media, but it didn’t turn out like that, they kept the ball tight attacking round the fringes pushing Reeds into defensive mode close to their line and they collected two more tries in the process, Reeds for their part scored another four tries in response.
Top try scorers for Reeds were skipper Billy Maddock and Joe Moriarty with three apiece, centre Joe Moriarty’s last try was unquestionably the best of the day. He was try line bound some twenty metres out, but the Media full back had lined up the big centre for a stunning tackle, but Moriarty saw the danger, lowered the shoulder and bounced him out of the way.
Twelve tries in total and fly half Peter Davidge converted the lothis class work at No 10 was the lynch pin of the Reeds attack and earned him the Man of the Match award.
Reeds are at home next week to Reigate, currently bottom of the table. Reeds will not want a repeat of last season’s game against a side that were bottom of the table and they lost.