Eleven Tries in Another Big Win for the Dons

Rugby Result: Region 1 South Central - Wimbledon 69 – 3 Bournemouth

Picture: Wimbledon RFC/Facebook

December 13, 2022

Another great exhibition of open running rugby and another thumping win for this Wimbledon team. The Wimbledon pack had the edge over their heftier opposition in the set scrum and the jumping trio of flanker Max Freeman plus locks Jake Cleet and Jack Cooke, ably assisted by their jumpers and the spot-on throwing-in of hooker Harry Scoble, reigned supreme in the lineout. Adding to that their speed to the breakdown ensured the backs had a field day, scoring nine of the day’s eleven tries.

Bournemouth opened brightly and could have scored but for a great cover tackle by wing Ollie Kitto. Normal service was then resumed when Freeman and Kitto combined with scrum half Owen Davies who scored under the posts, giving no.10 Ed Morgan an easy conversion. A series of Bournemouth penalties then allowed their kicker Hancox to score their only three points of the day, but very soon Dons got their second try, when Scoble touched down from a fine drive from a lineout. Moments after that they won a Bournemouth scrum on the visitor’s 22 and an inch-perfect crossfield kick by Morgan found his namesake, fullback Rhys, who drew the defence and put wing Brad Pinkham away to sprint in and score. He scored again moments later, to finish a superb passing sequence involving the entire back line. Centre Jack Reville scored try no.5 having pounced on a Bournemouth fumble and darting through the defence. Morgan’s conversion brought up the half-time score of 29-3.

It took Kitto just two minutes of the second half to continue the try spree, jinking his way through a bemused defence. Despite being reduced to 13 men for eight minutes after Freeman and then no.8 Mark Scott were yellow carded Dons kept the visitors at bay and themselves scored before returning to full strength, when Kitto touched down again following a 60m sprint by Pinkham. Morgan found his kicking mode again and it was 41-3. He made it 48-3 five minutes later, running in a nice try from 50m and converting it.

In the last quarter Reville cut right through a group of defenders to score his second then replacement prop Zane Dallinger got a try after a neat break by Davies, and finally centre Henry Peuble weaved his way to the goal line to score from 50m out and Morgan converted all three to wind up another great example of 15 man rugby. How rugby should be played said coach Collin Osborne.

Next week will certainly pose a rather tougher test away to London Welsh.


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