Woodbridge 2s find victory at Thorpeness
Match Report: Saturday 24 November 2012
Suffolk Merit league - Thorpeness 15 Woodbridge Warriors 2XV 17
Woodbridge started playing the better rugby with some strong carries from Connor O'Reilly linking well with his outside back line. Clever play-making immediately paid off as, after a powerful scrum, Sam Jackson popped over in the corner with the conversion missed in a howling wind. With such a wind with them, Thorpeness didn't really use it to much effect and although they scored a breakaway try against the run of play through the centres, which they converted, Woodbridge swiftly retaliated with an opportunistic try from Andy Smith which put them back ahead.
Woodbridge continued to dominate in the set pieces, pushing better and in a more disciplined manner as well as winning their own line outs and interfering well with Thorpenesses. Against this backdrop and with some powerful runs from Robert Simpson, Connor O’Reilly managed to cross the line and score in the corner. Sam Jackson put in what he didn't realise at the time was going to be the match winning kick.
The second half was a stark contrast to the first and mostly consisted of defensive tackling for Woodbridge’s forwards and clearance kicks from their backs as Thorpeness began to build a head of steam. This tension increased as the hosts increased the pressure, injuries mounted and the yellow card was waived. Woodbridge, with 13 men continued on the back foot, defending well but increasing the penalty count. Thorpeness missed four penalty opportunities until, after much pressure, they crossed the line for a well-earned try entirely in the run of play as they brought on ever more substitutes.
With ten minutes to go, Woodbridge managed to hold on to steal victory despite a brave second half from Thorpeness. Woodbridge 2s' next game is at home on 8 December against Colchester with their first team at home too.
Thorpeness 15 Woodbridge Warriors 2XV 17
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