Match Centre - 06/11/2021 - 2:30 pm

London SW 2 

Reeds Weybridge
Chiswick 1st XV


Match Details

Reeds Weybridge v Chiswick RFC

Saturday 6th November


After 4 rounds this fixture looked to be the game of the season, however, the atmosphere was rather different come kick-off as both teams fell foul to perhaps looking one game ahead the week before.

An unbeaten record that had stretched for over 2 seasons was unceremoniously ripped up the week before as Reeds came surprisingly unstuck against a Reigation’s team that have lofty aspirations to finish in the top 4. 

Chiswick’s road to this match couldn’t have been less smooth. Having parted ways with their coaching set up at the beginning of the week and suffering a shock defeat at home to a dogged Chobham the Saturday before things have not been plain sailing at Dukes Meadows.

Could this game away at promotion favourites Reeds be the start of a fairytale renaissance similar to that of Harlequins last season? To the neutral looking at the scorecard, the initial diagnosis would suggest otherwise. 

This game started very evenly with both sides eager to put their marker onto the opposition. Gainline carries were met with resolute defence with the first 10 minutes showing supporting fans why these two sides will be hoping to finish near the top of the pile come April.

With the slope at their backs and a dominant scrum allowing for clean first phase ball, this enabled Reeds to launch their first real attack. This resulted in a well-taken try as their number 8 burst through rather uncharacteristically weak Chiswick defence leaving Dan Sutherland with no hope for stopping the resulting 2 on 1 and the number 8 put his winger away in the corner. Pete Davidson converting excellently.

Some slick handling down the short side resulted in a second try being scored shortly after to take the score to 12-0. 

The 20 minutes that then followed showed the talent and skill that Chiswick have but ultimately their inability to convert in the red zone proved pivotal. With the Chiswick back row really starting to get into the game and both centres carrying dynamically there was a real belief that the away side could go into halftime points up.

A number of infringements were committed by Reed’s, who, at this stage, were hanging on with some resolute scramble defence. Unfortunately, an error from Chiswick on Reed’s try line allowed the home side to counter, expertly finishing off the breakaway try. 

This proved to be a pivotal moment from which Chiswick never really recovered.

The second half flattered to deceive with neither side putting together any quality phases. The next 40 minutes were dominated by inconsistency and brief moments of individual skill which will worry both camps as they look to develop moving forwards.

Credit must be awarded to Reeds who showed Chiswick how to take your chances as they continued to score at regular intervals, their dominance in the carry starting to show as the game drew on.

At the final whistle, no one could bemoan the effort or aptitude of the Chiswick 23, who at this stage had a second row playing at fullback However, there was to be no miracle comeback today.

With a lot of the old gang back together for this game, a special mention must go out to James Dibble, who proved that even at 40 there is still life in those little legs yet.

Chiswick come back together next week to face local rivals Twickenham in what is a must-win game for the MaroonArmy. Having captured 27 points from a possible 30 before this weekend it is imperative the dial moves back into the green.

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