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Your News Wimbledon 18 - Charlton Park 6

Victory over Charlton Park in this fiercely competitive play-off match gave Wimbledon just what they deserved after an excellent season’s rugby….promotion back to London 1. And with this current squad of players and coaching team, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with at that higher level too.

It wasn’t a pretty game – both defences were too good to let the opposition run free – but there was plenty of good rugby played and it was tense right up until Wimbledon’s no.10 Dan Brown put an end to Charlton Park’s late charge with a drop goal three minutes from full time and make the final score a convincing 18-6 to the home team.

Although Wimbledon had the bulk of possession and spent most of the first half in Park’s territory, all they had to show for their dominance with three minutes remaining was a Leon Driscoll penalty. Then centre Dave Rees crossed the line after a well worked backs move, only to be called back for crossing. It didn’t matter though, as fellow centre Kua Pakalua fought his way over in the corner seconds later.

Immediately after the re-start Park’s lively stand-off, Jake Smith, brought his side back into the game with a well-struck penalty, then a second after Brown was yellow-carded (a little harshly most thought.) But tighthead Joey Nanai put Dons 13-6 ahead when, after several powerful forward drives, he scooped the ball out of a ruck, vaulted the bodies and ran in unopposed to score beneath the posts. Driscoll made no mistake with the conversion.

Although Park fought back hard in the last quarter, Wimbledon comfortably countered their sole tactic of using their hefty forwards to attack round the fringes, and they rarely threatened Dons’ line.

As with their play throughout this season, there were no stand-out stars in Wimbledon’s game – it was simply another excellent all-round team performance by a skilled and highly motivated group of players .

Although the league season is now over Wimbledon travel to Sutton & Epsom on Thursday evening to play for a place in the Surrey Shield final.

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