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Cobham 10 Wimbledon 34

Report: Saturday January 31st 2015, London South 1

Wimbledon are riding high this season having won 14 of their 17 games and
scoring an average of over 33 points per game.

They are very fortunate to have secured Nick Easter as Head Coach, as they
celebrate their 150th anniversary this year and despite Cobham having
outplayed Guildford RFC two weeks ago Mike Cudmore's boys  knew they were in
for a tough match.

Wimbledon played with the wind advantage for the first half and made their
presence felt after just five minutes as full back Rhys Morgan crashed over
the Cobham line following a fast a furious back line move. Cobham 0-
Wimbledon 5

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After that initial shock Cobham regrouped and took the game into Wimbledon
half and were quickly rewarded by a penalty which Watkinson calmly slotted
over  Cobham 3- Wimbledon 8.

Cobham have been able to develop some consistency in their selection with
players returning from injuries sustained early season but,  after only 12
minutes, they lost back row specialist Dave Baker to a shoulder injury ,Doug
Rodman substituting.

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Wimbledon now raised their game and with scrum half Charlie Morgan
delivering quick ball they were able to release number 13 ( wearing 21 to
confuse) Kiwi Ti Pairama-Lewington to cross the line again. Cobham-3
Wimbledon 10 . This second score did not open the flood gates however as
Cobham provided stiff defense and looked to attack at every opportunity.

Chris Gibbons had stepped up at hooker, following Rory Lorimers departure
for foreign lands and despite lack of First XV match practice was finding
his man in the lineout which proved to be a strength for Cobham all
afternoon, winning their own and Wimbledon ball.

However it was centre Ti with the 'long name' who scored again after 30
minutes, breaking through the Cobham defences to make it  Cobham 3-
Wimbledon 15 Despite a breakaway by Captain Joe Goddard, that came close
to  launching a swift response, it was Wimbledon who secured their bonus
point 4th try after 35 minutes with back row Steve May securing his 11th try
for Wimbledon this season with a push over try.

Wimbledon's stand off, Hallett didnt have his kicking boots on as he failed
to convert again as the Ref blew for the end of the first half it was Cobham
3- Wimbledon 20.

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Cobham used the wind to their advantage as the second half kicked off and
came very close to their first try but were held up by strong tackles from
Wimbledon. As play made its way back up into the Cobham half it was Hallett
who made some amends for his first half kicking by running through the
Cobham defence to score and then convert. Cobham 3- Wimbledon 27.

Cobham could have been forgiven for their heads going down at this stage but
showing the resilience that has served them so well in recent weeks they
took the game to Wimbledon.This time the defence could not resist a try
by back row Rob Fleming with stand off Watkinson converting, courtesy of the
post. Cobham 10- Wimbledon 27.

With 15 minutes left Wimbledon's Steve May scored his second try of the
game, converted by Hallett. Cobham 10- Wimbledon 34 and the league leaders
had achieved their average point score once again.  Although full back
Morgan was sin binned for interference Cobham were unable to benefit from
the extra player and there were no further scores before the end of the
game.

There is no respite for Cobham next week as they travel to their close
namesake Chobham, who are second in the league.

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1. Dan Walsh
2. Chris Gibbons
3  Ben Joyce
4  Joe Goddard ( Captain)
5  Joe McVey
6. Dave Baker
7. Rob Fleming
8. Alex Stout
9. Harry Mobbs
10 Sam.Watkinson
11.Patrick Williams
12 Arron Cowell
13.Charlie Hampton
14.James MacDonald
15.Jean-Louis Gravier

Subs

Kyle Ross
Doug Rodman
James Edwards

Try:- Fleming
Conversion :-Watkinson
Penalty :- Watkinson 

 

  • Report - @ Paul Hickson
  • Photos - @ Chris Brown