Rugby Result: Regional 1 South Central - Wimbledon 41 – 14 Oxford Harlequins
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For the opening five minutes of this match it looked as though the unbeaten league leaders, Oxford Harlequins, were going to give Wimbledon a very hard time in this first ever meeting between the two clubs.
As it turned out though, it was quite the opposite, and having absorbed the visitor’s sustained attack it was Dons who scored. Stand off Ed Morgan broke from deep and took play well into the OH half, shipped the ball to scrum half Alex Kerr who offloaded to Brad Pinkham and the wing was in at the corner. The wind took Morgan’s kick just wide.
Almost immediately the first of two lovely breaks by wing Ollie Kitto just failed to produce another try, but his second yielded an excellent score by centre Henry Peuble via fellow centre Paul Hendry. The wind again denied Dons the conversion.
Against the run of play OH then reduced their deficit to 10-7 after a long kick to near the Wimbledon goal line resulted in a converted try. But after five minutes of classic Wimbledon back play, the pack finished the job with hooker Jake Farnworth touching down for try number three and fullback Ally Duddell added the extras. It was all Wimbledon now and just before half-time the pack began a drive from a 5m lineout, the entire back line added their weight and Farnworth was in for his second try.
Starting the second half 22-7 ahead it took just eight minutes for that to increase to 29-7 after flanker David Aniebonam bullied his way through the defence and setting Kitto off on one of his electric jinking runs to score Dons’ fifth try, converted by Morgan.
A good re-start by OH resulted in a 5m lineout, from which quick ball across the pitch led to their wing scoring in the corner and a very good conversion making it 29-14. But Wimbledon soon regained total control and the pack, again with added weight from the backs drove over for lock Jake Cleet to get his name on the scoresheet. He was soon joined, following a repeat performance from the pack after a 5m lineout, by flanker Luke Cerely, and Morgan’s conversion brought up the final score of 41-14, just as the end of a perfect rainbow fell on Wimbledon’s clubhouse. There may not have been gold there, but #. there was a great atmosphere after this excellent all-round Wimbledon performance, which took them to the top of the table. It’s one they’ll need to reproduce next week away to fourth-placed Maidenhead.
Away at Dorking Wimbledon 2nd XV also had a very good result, winning 17-36, with tries by Harry Jinks, George Brosch, Tom Bracegirdle and a hattrick for Max Lufkin.
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October 17, 2022