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LONDON SOUTH WEST THREE

REEDS WEYBRIDGE 85 pts EFFINGHAM AND LEATHERHED 0 pts

Effingham are having a difficult time in the league, they are in the bottom three, and fielding a much changed side each week. But coach Andy Stuttard is full of hope for the future as the younger age sides at the club have been very successful. It must be thirty years since Effingham have been down to Reeds attractive Whiteley Village ground and it was a visit they will remember for all the wrong reasons as they were outgunned by a thirteen try margin without reply. 

Reeds were in charge from the early moments, especially in the tight scrums where the lightweight Effingham pack were shunted around the park under the power of Josh Brown and Kerran Beavis, Reeds powerful front row forwards. That produced quality possession allowing Reeds to run the ball around park, there was some brave tackling from the Effingham back division throughout the game but Reeds had too much pace and speed of thought that caused havoc in the Effingham defence. Ollie Palmer, Reeds scrum half, was posing no end of problems for the Effingham cover, stealing away from the base of the scrum or firing out huge torpedo passes to fly half Rogers enabling him to unleash the Reeds midfield attack. Within the first quarter Reeds had four converted tries on the board and there was no way the visitors were going to come back from that deficit. The problem for the Effingham side wasn’t just containing Reeds pace outside, they had to contend with the relentless pressure from the Reeds eight on the march, and the forwards are just as comfortable with the ball in hand as their pacier backs.

At the change round Reeds had clocked up a seven try lead and six of those scores had been converted, with Reeds coming down the slope in the second half it looked ominous for the visitors. It could have been worse for Effingham, but through a combination of Effingham keeping the ball in hand, Reeds infringements, and Reeds not being as clinical as they should in sight of the try line a further deluge of points did not come – nevertheless they clocked up another six tries on the board without reply, with four further scores being held up over the line courtesy of some brave defensive work from the visitors.

The Man of the Match Award went to Joe Wastie, the young flanker, his work alongside Will Ambidge at the breakdown and in defence was outstanding.

Man of the Match: Joe Wastie

Next week, Reeds Weybridge will be travelling down to the South coast to face Trojans, the Southampton based side who are also having a hard time of it in the league. The Trojans club, founded in 1874 is one of the oldest clubs in in the RFU and their club facilities host over a thousand members playing football, cricket, rugby and hockey.

George Spinks November 17th 2019

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