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Wimbledon 43 Cobham 10

Report: Saturday October 11th 2014, London South 1

Cobham travelled to Wimbledon for this London 1 League match . Both teams have fared differently so far this season as can be seen from their positions in the league table.

The match started in dry and sunny conditions on a good playing surface with Cobham facing a slight  breeze. The opening minutes saw both sides testing each other with play being in midfield. The stalemate was broken Harry Mobbs the Cobham scrum half with a scintillating break from a quick penalty which was only stopped by a desperate tackle from the Wimbledon defence.

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For the first 20 minutes Cobham had the better of the exchanges and territorial advantage during which time line outs and set scrums were lost when only a few metres from the Wimbledon try line. Wimbledon could only achieve break outs but their attacks were confidentially dealt with. Would a score at this time given Cobham the confidence to play their brand of rugby and achieve a winning result?    

From one such break out by Wimbledon another penalty was given which was duly converted by the Wimbledon centre Neil Hallett, who was to influence the game greatly in Wimbledon’s favour with his boot, line breaks and general organisation of his defence.   Wimbledon 3 Cobham 0.

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Following this penalty Cobham again had the better of the play particularly at forward which led to a yellow card for a Wimbledon player but Cobham were not able to use this advantage to their favour. It was only 11 minutes later that Tom Farrelly was yellow carded for an offence that was  only  apparent to the referee.

Following this yellow card Wimbledon scored their first try by Tommy Moore following a wild pass by a Cobham three quarter converted by Neil Hallett. Wimbledon 10 Cobham 0. Another good period of play from Cobham with Ben Joyce following up a kick ahead tackling a Wimbledon defender which resulted in a penalty award which was converted by Dave Flower. Wimbledon 10 Cobham 3.

In the few minutes before half time careless play by Cobham in their own half resulted in another try for Wimbledon scored by Neil Brown which was duly converted. Wimbledon 17 Cobham 3.

A first half of wasted opportunity and costly mistakes.

The second half started with constant pressure from a confident Wimbledon side and led to the second try for Wimbledon by Campbell Tait which was duly converted by Hallett. Wimbledon 24 Cobham 3. 

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Although these two tries appear to be the turning point of the game giving Wimbledon the confidence to play an expansive game Cobham continued to match their opponents in many aspects of the game. Cobham’s resilience and effort to match their opponents was duly rewarded with an excellent try. Good possession from open play by the forwards gave the backs sufficient room to test their opponents. An excellent pass from Tom Farrelly gave right wing Johnny Mills the opportunity to test his opposite number. A precision kick over the cover defence duly collected on the bounce by Johnny Mills led to the touchdown halfway out. Dave Flower kicked the conversion. In scoring the try he strained a hamstring and was substituted. Wimbledon 24 Cobham 10.

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From this moment Wimbledon regained the initiative and for the rest of the game was able to apply sufficient pressure despite a huge effort by the Cobham players to score 3 more tries through Ben Davis, Josh Charles and Chris Lewis two of which were converted by Neil Hallett. The first of these tries was following a yellow card to a Cobham player which led to a pushover try. The second try was as the result of losing our own lineout in a defensive position. The  third try was probably Wimbledons best following an excellent inside break by Neil Hallett.  Final score Wimbledon 43 Cobham 10.

For long periods of this match Cobham matched their opponents in all aspects of the game and were heavily penalised for every defensive mistake they made. In addition there were wasted opportunities to get on the scoreboard by the inability to convert good attacking positions. All Cobham players must be congratulated for their effort and deserve the support of all club members next week when we host Chobham at Fairmile Lane. 

  • Photos @ Chris Brown