Camberley 11 v Wimbledon RFC 1XV 23
The weather forecast for this match on February 18 wasn't good and so it proved, despite the continuous rain, Camberley's pitch stood up well and only the wind played a part, favouring Camberley in the first half and Wimbledon in the second.
Wimbledon defended well to get to half time 11 – 17 ahead following two penalties from Camberley's inside centre Ed Smith and a well taken try by the right wing Dan Lewis.Wimbledon's first serious attack on 24 minutes led to Karl Roche being held up near the corner, the ball was recycled and Rob Tait scored a determined try next to the posts converted by Leon Driscoll and shortly afterwards a penalty from Driscoll after Camberley's no.8 gave an exhibition of talking – to the referee, which was rewarded in his team being marched back and the kick from 23m now being within Driscoll’s range into the wind.
Another attack led to powerful centre Joe Croft crossing the line but he was judged to have not grounded the ball, shortly afterwards Richard Stewart scored near to half time and Driscoll’s conversion put Wimbledon ahead.
The second half was one of Wimbledon spending long periods in the Camberley half and eventually scoring two penalties but the match became scrappy with cards being awarded to both teams.
All were the results from poor discipline and Wimbledon found themselves once again playing for a time with 13 men. These stopped any thoughts of scoring a bonus point victory.
It was during this period that a new talent emerged in the Wimbledon team with Brett Box throwing into four line-outs and finding his jumper each time and not incurring any thoughts of crooked throws by the referee.
Fullback David Sharp had one of his very best games with long kicks into the corner to make the Camberley forwards turn round and run back towards their line. This was as well as taking the penalties that came to Wimbledon.
Scrumhalf Charlie Morgan also made several sniping runs to set the alarms in the Camberley defence ringing. At fulltime the result for Wimbledon on the day was a job well-done, but the discipline still needs improving.
March 9, 2012