Reeds see off hapless Exiles

LONDON SOUTH WEST 2

LONDON EXILES 0    REEDS WEYBRIDGE 129

Visiting sides to the London Exiles are never quite sure what sort of opposition they will face as Exiles sides have the ability to recruit their players from a wide area with some seriously talented individuals amongst them. However, a glance at the league table showed that Exiles haven’t played a league game this season and two of the fixtures have been opposition ‘walk overs’, a clear sign that all is not well with the Exiles. 

The first scrum of the game was an indication of events to come. Reeds generated an enormous shove that had the Exiles pack shunted back like an empty railway carriage, Reeds were pinged for a sideways shove but the Exiles pack knew they were in for a torrid afternoon. Reeds dominance up front provided bucket loads of possession allowing Reeds half backs to orchestrate a series of attacks which stretched the Exiles cover to breaking point. 

First try of the afternoon went to winger Joe Moriarty, he has a combination of power, pace and a mesmerising inside outside break that leaves defences flat footed, he had five tries to his name before the change round. But back to those earlier moments, with just a quarter of the game gone there were half a dozen tries on the board and the result was already decided, easy in those circumstances for the winning side to lose structure, that didn’t happen, Reeds went through a series of practised attacks that clocked up ten tries at the break. 

The Exiles put in a brave performance, but they were outgunned in all departments, on the rare occasions they did get their hands on the ball they found themselves under some relentless pressure at the breakdowns that allowed Reeds to fire the ball around the park, and Reeds have fit players who have the pace and skills to turn possession into points. 

There were nineteen tries in total with winger Dan Veale and flanker Joe Wastie collecting hat tricks. Charlie Stonehill was awarded the Man of the Match award for his outstanding work in the loose and the lineout.

MOTM – Charlie Stonehill

Oct 17th 2021 GS