Match Report – Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Old Walcountians 30-03-19
Surrey League One
Reeds Romp to Victory Against Counts
Reeds Weybridge RFC 55pts OLD Old Walcountians 15pts
Walcountians gave Reeds one of their toughest games in the early season away fixture, with Reeds just managing to scrape home by a five point margin. However, Dave Reece the Walcountians Head Coach has had to deal with a spate of injuries to his first team squad and he was not hopeful of keeping their promotion hopes alive with a win over Reeds, the league leaders.
But it was the visitors who applied all the pressure in the first quarter with their pack playing down the slope and taking up residence in Reeds territory for most of that time. Indeed, when Reeds got the ball they didn’t manage to hold on to it for long being too hurried in their execution.
That pressure soon told and Walcountians had series of rumbling mauls that took the pack to within a couple of metres of the line and it was Remy Clausteres, the massive prop forward who finally bashed his way over for the first try of the day.
The dry conditions were ideal for Reeds open style of play and out in the wide open spaces they looked dangerous, with skipper Billy Maddock thundering through the midfield dragging in the Walcountian defence which allowed scrum half Olly Palmer to unleash his quick back division. Jonny Rogers, usually in the full back slot had the No 10 shirt for this game and he was a crucial influence on the fixture, Director of Rugby, Nigel Connell awarded him the Man of the Match Award for his astute game management and his prolific goal kicking success.
Reeds response to the early set back wasn’t delayed for too long, their pack boasting a number of changes to the normal starting 8 started to dominate proceedings, with a number of good performances including by Toby Blyther at hooker and Joe Wastie at 7 who were clearly both keen to press their cases for recognition. Soon the ball was driven up-field into the Walcountian twenty two, the lineout possession was gathered by prop forward Josh Brown, and from a training ground move Billy Maddock took the pass on an inside arc and fed No 8 Alex Corner who touched down under the sticks. Reeds were growing in confidence in the midfield exchanges, Chris Stegmann was intruding into the attacks from full back and gaps were appearing. It was centre Tom McLean’s solo effort that stretched the lead, he attacked from the ten metre line, he is such a strong and determined runner, the defence just couldn’t stop his elusive run that took him over in the corner.
Jonny Rogers banged over the long range conversion quickly followed by a penalty and Reeds had a ten point lead. Just on half time Walcountians cleared their lines with a downfield kick, but it ended up with Joe Moriarty, Reeds winger, some players in that position rely on their ability to slither through the tightest gaps, but that isn’t the Moriarty style, he is such a powerful, confrontational runner who likes to take on the defence, he burst through a couple of tackles and was in for a converted try to make it 22-5 and give Reeds a seventeen point lead at the change round with the hill to come.
Reeds were now getting plenty of quality possession and just after the restart Reeds collected their bonus point try when Chris Stegmann went hammering down the touchline to extend the lead. There was no way the visitors were going to come back after that but they didn’t allow Reeds to have it all their own way, another of those rumbling mauls produced a second unconverted try for Remy Clausteres the French forward.
Reeds brought on young James Botterill the quick winger for the last quarter, he is seriously quick with dazzling feet as well, bad news for a struggling defence, he had three try scoring opportunities and snapped up all of them.
Late on centre Tom McLean was in for his second try of the day and Walcountians collected their third try of the day when back row forward Heath Bateman crashed over via a clever angled run that started just outside the 22.
Man of the Match – awarded to Jonny Rodgers for his astute game management and prolific goal kicking.
Reeds 2nd XV lost out in a close fought context 31-29 away to London Media.
Reeds are away to Amplefordians for the last league fixture of the season. Amplefordians have some very talented players in their squad and since the turn of the year have secured wins against Walcountians, Haileyburians and Chipstead. Reeds on the other hand will be determined to finish off their season with their unbeaten league record intact – which would make them only the fourth Surrey side to do that since 1998.