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Your News Wimbledon 26 - Cobham 14

Wimbledons 26-14 win over Cobham makes it two out of two always satisfying for a team just promoted from the league below and they achieved it in some style, throughout the first half at least. With the packs evenly matched in the set piece it was Wimbledons back line, showing for changes from last week, and excellent play in the loose from all eight forwards that did the trick.

They started slowly, with Cobham severely testing their defence in the opening ten minutes, then a strong run from a ruck by prop Ben Davies, good hands from the new no. 10 Neil Hallett and hooker Nathan Kemp, on to prop Pete Wallace who gave clear evidence of having once been a wing by opting not to aim for ther corner 15m away but taking on and beating three defenders and racing in to score under the posts, making Halletts conversdion a formality. Five minutes later a huge touch-kick from the fly half resulted in a lineout in Cobhams 22, from which that man Wallace again stole the ball and sprinted in to score in the corner.

For the next twenty minutes there was good attacking play from both sides, although Wimbledon always looked the more likely to score and this they did after some clever interplay by centres Neil and Dan Brown, the latter touching down beneath the posts. Halletts conversion took the half time score to 19-0.

In the second half it looked as though the home players were suffering more than their opposition from the Saharan-type temperature and Cobham took charge of the half from the kick-off, when wing Tom Hearty found space on the blind side of a 5m scrum to run in a try converted by Luke Flowers. Dons didnt help their cause by changing their successful first half tactic of keeping the ball in hand, and instead kicking down the throats of Cobhams lively back three.A mounting penalty count for infringements in rucks and mauls didnt help either. and it was only fearsome defence that kept the visitors out, until a rare lapse ten minutes from time let in Cobhams wing James McDonald. Flowers conversion narrowed the gap to just five points.

But the home team sprang back to life again and in the dying moments a great scrum produced awful ball for Cobhams no 9 and his opposite number, Elliott Rowe pounced on the loose ball to score. Hallett rounded things off with the conversion.

Theres a confident air to this Wimbledon side and a growing belief they can be a match for any team in the league. Theyll hope for more evidence next week when they travel to Beckenham.

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