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Your News Old Colfeians 15 - Wimbledon 45

This was a good performance from Wimbledon. Fittingly, in their new Sun-sponsored strip, much of their play was as almost as attractive as a page 3 girl. Had Dons’ lineout functioned as usual and had they not let OC’s play so much to their strength - the forward drive, they’d have put on a lot more points. But the positives far outweighed those negatives; every player shone individually and there were several stand-out performances, most notably from the two new boys, Peter Scott on the wing and no.8 Gary Crowe. Stand-off Neil Hallett’s decision-making and distribution were as impressive as his goal kicking – and flanker Steve May had a storming game.

When wing Myles Stringer outpaced OC’s defence to score in the corner after just three minutes and Hallett had defied the wind to convert from the touchline, a big win looked likely. But for the next 30 minutes OC’s fought back through their forwards who equalised with a try from lock Hodgkiss, converted by Poole. His penalty conversion then tied the scores again after Hallett had struck a long range penalty of his own.

But in the final minutes of the half, the Wimbledon forwards’ hard work and the backs increasingly sharp running brought the results they deserved, with 17 further points coming before the break. First, a neat drop goal from centre Dan Brown, then a lovely try by fullback Dave Charles in a move involving half the team. Hallett slotted his second touchline conversion. His next was a formality after Dan Brown had sprinted in under the posts following a powerful run by Crowe.

Five minutes into the second half flanker Ed Lewis took a perfect pass from Hallett and burst through the centre to score try number four. The conversion took the score to 34-10. Then scrum-half Charlie Morgan – who had a strong game against an effective opponent – made it 39-10 after pouncing on a defensive error.

Although an all-too-familiar yellow card reduced Dons to 14 men for ten minutes entering the last quarter, an excellent passage of play from Crowe and centre Neil Brown set up Charles for his second try, cleverly hanging on to the ball as he was tackled on the line. Hallett yet again converted from wide out.

A final flurry from an OC team that refused to lie down brought just reward for their hardworking forwards when they drove over for a try just before the final whistle.

A tougher proposition awaits Wimbledon next week away to Dover, one place below in the league, but only on points difference.

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