Wimbledon 16 v Cobham 23
London League 1 South
Match report for January 4
Many of the
That the game was played at all was due to the efforts of the
Having conceded an early try by Cobham’s hooker Hutton after a lineout 10m from their own line, Dons pack took them to within 5m of Cobham’s line, only for a scoring pass to be intercepted by the Cobham centre. A great chase by scrum half Rhys Morgan – who had a fine all-round game –stopped him on half way, but fellow centre Hargy was in support and had a free run in under the posts. Farrelly’s conversion put Cobham 12-0 ahead.
The rest of the half belonged to Wimbledon, with lock Jack Fishwick and flanker Rob Tait cleaning up in the lineout and their front row of Nanai, Kemp and Wallace/Davies forcing their opposite numbers to concede a string of penalties, Dons’ captain Neil Hallett brought them right back into contention with three well-struck penalty goals.
A rare Cobham penalty gave Farrelly the chance to extend his team’s half way lead to 15-9, adding a further three points early in the second half.
Apart from an opening period of pressure from the Cobham pack, the second half was again dominated by Wimbledon and when flanker Karl Roche burst through from a ruck 15m from Cobham’s line to score a deserved try, the difference was just four points – then two points after fly-half Bryan Croke converted.
But try as they might, they could not break Cobham’s defence and what turned out to be their final attack of the game summed up their effort; a good backs move ended with a fumble on half way, booted on by Farrelly, who outpaced the hastily retreating Dons’ defence to score in the corner. His missed conversion did at least give
Next week, weather permitting,
January 5 , 2014