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Your News Wimbledon 29 - Haywards Heath 12

This was a good, solid performance in a bonus-point victory to end the season. Wimbledon started the match at a rush with two tries in the first eight minutes. The first came after three minutes with a line-out drive and hooker Tiernan Dixon was bustled over the line, outside half Neil Hallett made no mistake with his conversion and four minutes later a break by right winger Tommy Moore cutting inside lead to a try for flanker Craig Bond. This time Hallett was unsuccessful with his kick but Wimbledon were thinking of making a large score. The match went strangely quiet as Haywards Heath started to warm up and some attritional forward play from them caused a heavy afternoon for the Wimbledon side. There were also some curious interpretations from the referee, particularly concerning entering from the side at rucks and mauls. He was also happy to use a yellow card to both sides.

Some of Wimbledons attacking flair was also lost when skipper Chris Lewis went off with a muscle injury after a heavy covering tackle on Heaths winger near the try line. Heath also scored a try when the referee instructed the two captains to speak to players, one Heath player ignored this, took the penalty and created a score whilst Wimbledon were getting their advice. After 18 minutes of the second half Heath had closed the gap to 15 12 with a second try but at 25 minutes replacement prop Joey Nanau decided he had had enough of penalties and scrums and went through from a maul to score with a conversion from Hallett following, 22 12. Right at the end pressure near the Heath line and some dogged defence led to no. 8 Danny Craven making the ball available and create the space for Kua Palakua on his last appearance (we hope not for ever) in a Wimbledon jersey to cut through and score unopposed near the posts. The referee took some time to award the try as he had been separating some of the forwards who were still showing some frustration with each other. But with the conversion moved to between the posts, Palakua was given the kick and duly obliged to end the match at 29 - 12.

This has been Wimbledons best-ever season, ending it in 4th place in London Division One after their promotion at the end of last season and with some memorable victories both at home and away. They scored an average of 27 points a match. All credit to the coaching team of Nathan Kemp, James Ogilvie-Bull and Stuart Power and the players over the 26 matches.

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