Match Report, Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Law Society, 27-10-2018
SURREY LEAGUE ONE
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 46pts LAW SOCIETY 18pts
The Law Society rugby club draws on a huge pool of talented players from the London area but their availability for training and indeed to play on Saturdays is always uncertain, and that can result in a side that has some fine players but lacks cohesion and fitness.
That was evident down at Whiteley Village last Saturday, early on the visitors, led by prop forward Rick Armstrong set up camp in Reeds twenty two and fly half Robin Eager collected a penalty after Reeds had strayed offside, Pete Davidge Reeds opposite number soon equalised but then a slick passing movement from the Law put centre Sam Brewer away to score in the corner.
But it was Reeds handling skills that were soon on show, the Law had hoisted the ball deep into Reeds territory, big Joe Moriarty, out on the wing was prowling around looking for opportunities and he struck with a burst of speed that took him through several tackles, when he was finally checked the ball was fired around and it was young Joe Wastie who scored the try, Pete Davidge collected the extras and Reeds had their noses in front. Reeds certainly had the edge in the formal passages of play, up front Josh Brown and Richard Philip provided the solid platform for the Reeds attacks and some wayward lineout throws from the visitors gifted Reeds more quality possession.
Reeds were looking so dangerous in attack, Tom McLean in the midfield can slither through the smallest of gaps, his line breaking ability and his handling skills put him over the line for Reeds second try. Just before the break, another movement from deep in Reeds half, instigated by the powerful running of winger Moriarty finished with Dom Wooldridge under the sticks, Reeds were in front by a fourteen point margin at the change round and they had the slope to come. One more try would give Reeds a bonus point and surely a winning lead, it wasn’t long coming, Reeds killer offloads, fitness and physicality were too much for the defence, Tom McClean was in for another seven pointer to secure an unassailable lead and those bonus points.
The Law were struggling to get some decent possession from the lineouts or scrums but they had more luck in the looser exchanges where Reeds lacked some concentration in defence, drifting offside and giving ground. Law were under the cosh for prolonged periods close to their line, prop forward Brown was held up, but finally Charlie Bolton bashed his way over. Dan Veale out on the wing, dancing down the touchline was in for the sixth try of the day then the Law came back into the game with two late tries when Reeds were down to 13 men. But Reeds soon extended their lead further when the ubiquitous McClean chipped the ball through the defence to touch down for Reeds seventh and his hat-trick score.
Man of the Match
There was no doubt about the Man of the Match award, that went to Joe Moriarty, his sharp rugby brain together with his line busting runs from all over the park and offloads were the catalyst for Reeds victory and a number of their tries.
Next week is a top of the table clash, Reeds Weybridge away to unbeaten Old Haileyburians.