Reeds Do The Double Over OG’s
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 36pts OLD GEORGIANS 19pts
Georgians knew they had to take the winning points off Reeds to keep their promotion hopes alive, they certainly had the potential to do just that, with plenty of possession from all parts but they were denied the points they wanted by way of some fearsome dominant defence from a highly motivated Reeds outfit. Reeds were down the slope in the first half with the breeze as well but found themselves up against a set piece that gave them some serious problems early on and that gave the visitors the territorial advantage, however once Reeds got the ball away into the open spaces they looked dangerous, quick offloads from Olly Palmer and incisive angles from skipper Billy Maddock opened up the midfield and Rhys Lewis, the young winger, such a potent finisher, sidestepped his way over for a seven pointer. It was some quick thinking from Maddock that prompted the second score, Georgians were on the attack from their ten metre line and chipped the ball ahead, it went into touch but the Reeds skipper saw that Georgians were slow to arrive at the lineout, he took the throw in, quick hands from the forwards shunted the ball out wide and Rhys Lewis was away again on a mesmerising run that took him under the sticks for another seven pointer. A two try lead did not reflect the run of the game, and the visitors came right back into the contest when they snapped up a midfield interception and centre Louis Haines ran in unopposed for a converted try. That slope and a stiff breeze as well, were an advantage to Reeds in that first half, they decided to hoist up a few speculative up and unders, Georgians fielded them safely enough but it was with the attentions of the Reeds back row who made sure that Georgians were shut down in their own half courtesy of some good kick chases. As Reeds pressed for another score, prop forward Josh Brown was on the end of a multi-phase passing movement some ten metres out, he has aggression and is comfortable with the ball in hand as well and he wrestled his way through the defence to touch down by the flag leaving Pete Davidge, Reeds fly half, to collect the long distance extras. Just before the break came what was probably the try of the match, it was scored by Alex Corner the No 8 who profited from an interception by live wire Ollie Palmer to run the length of the park to touch down for a converted try.
At the change round Reeds had four tries in the bag and a bonus point as well, but Georgians were never out of it, they were always threatening to come back with points of their own, they nearly did, when they intercepted a promising movement from Reeds but it was Pete Davidge, Reeds fly half who managed to shut down the attack with a superb covering tackle that kept the line secure. Try number five was initiated by Alex Corner, Reeds Man of the Match, he burst off the back of a loose maul, he has serious pace, and is elusive as well, and Joe Wastie the young flanker was up in support to take the ball over the line following an off-load from Davidge for an unconverted try. It was now 33-7 and Georgians couldn’t come back from that deficit and the second half descended into a ‘’cat and mouse’’ game with Georgians enjoying good territory and the rub of the referee’s whistle. On three separate occasions Reed went down to 14 men and when Georgians scored a second try from fly half Jamie Clark the possibility of a four try bonus point was on. Pete Davidge stretched Reeds lead with a simple penalty shot, but it was Georgians who had the last word, they touched down for a third try from lock forward Cameron Adams. The visitors then threw everything at Reeds in that last few minutes to secure a precious four try bonus point, they came very close but Reeds kept the line secure.
Other results: London Media 2nd 0 – Reeds 2nd XV 75.
Next Saturday, January 18th, Reeds are at home to Gosport and Fareham, kick off 2:00pm.
Jan 11th 2020