Match Report – Law Society vs Reeds Weybridge RFC – 16th Feb 2019
LAW SOCIETY 8pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 33pts SURREY LEAGUE ONE
Reeds Arrest Law’s fast start to claim the win
This was a game of huge intensity that finished with Reeds winning by a five to one try margin but that score-line did not reflect the closeness between the two sides.
Reeds are unbeaten in the league this season and each week they face sides who are desperately keen to spoil that record.
The Law were certainly up for this encounter fielding one of their strongest sides of the season, straight from the kick off they camped in Reeds twenty two and hammered away at the Reeds line, the fact that they didn’t score was down to some awesome defensive work from Reeds, they conceded just the one offside penalty during the onslaught and their supporters would have been happy to have got to the change round with just that three point deficit. In fact for the first 25 minutes Reeds faced a constant barrage of pressure and possession from the Law.
However late in that first half, Reeds managed to get the ball away to their talented backs, quick hands put young Chris Stegmann into some space and he went flying in under the sticks for a seven pointer.
Perhaps Reeds better fitness began to tell towards the end of that first half, and minutes later, with the Law down to 14 men and following another sparkling Reeds move, Dom Wooldridge the open side forward, who has got some pace broke away from the cover to win the race for the line. At the change round Reeds had an eleven point lead, but it always looked tenuous.
Immediately after the restart Reeds were in trouble with the Law managing to pound their way up the park with a series of loose rucks and mauls, crucially retaining possession and gaining a penalty which resulted in a lineout five metres out.
A Law rumble and Josh Emmett the Law No 5 crashed over, the narrow lead that Reeds had enjoyed was cut to six points and the game was up for grabs. But Reeds were in charge up front, especially in the tight scrums where Josh Brown and Davin Samuel the two props caused no end of problems, shunting the scrum around the park, the Law conceded penalties and it was Reeds who set up camp just metres from the line.
A series of scrums had Reeds within just a few metres of the line and points had to come, scrum half Ollie Palmer, so sharp and incisive, spotted a gap in the defence and he was over the line for the third try of the day.
It wasn’t a decisive lead but Reeds, with their noises in front, began to fire the ball around the park with more confidence, the bonus point try came from young James Pompei, a product of Reeds minis and youth system he is so quick and aggressive as well.
He had a couple of metres between him and the touchline, the cover fanned out to knock him into touch but his pace and strength took him into the corner by the flag. There was no way back for the Law after that. By now Reeds had taken up position in the Law twenty two and young Michael Wasko the second row forward went charging through the defence for the fifth try of the day courtesy of a nice pop pass from Palmer.
After the game, Director of Rugby, Nigel Connell praised a number of players including Simon Woollatt for their fine performances but gave Dom Wooldridge, the Man of the Match Award for his outstanding defensive work when Reeds were on the rack in the first half.
Man of the Match- Dom Wooldridge
Next week Reeds are away to Old Mid-Whitgiftians in the fifth round of the RFU Junior Vase in what promises to be an epic encounter.