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1st XV - Match centre

Reading
Marlow
C Davis, G Spears
Tries
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Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North Full time

READING 10 MARLOW 41

READING 10 MARLOW 41

Reading made a disappointing start to the new season as their defence was torn apart in a frantic first half hour of the game. During this time the visitors scored five tries and led 29-0. For Reading it was a case of re-grouping and re-focussing to try to get back into the game. To their credit they did just that and tries either side of half time brought them back at 10-29. However two more tries by the visitors ensured a comfortable bonus point victory for them.
Marlow’s strength was in the backs where long passes and swift backing up and running proved to be too much for Reading’s early season defence. Running and passing the ball from deep at great speed Marlow scored tries in 6th, 13th, 19th, 26th and 29th minutes. The first two tries were very similar, with the Reading defence being outflanked, the third try came after a scrum half break, the fourth came from a break from within their own half and the fifth from a scrum in the Marlow 22, swift passing and running setting up the try.
The nightmare was halted as a period of forward pressure from Reading resulted in a try for skipper Charlie Davies to make the half time score 5-29. Then Reading started the second half well, exerting a lot of pressure as Marlow, down to 14 men because of a yellow card, found it hard to contain the Reading pack. Three minutes into the second half Reading opted for a scrum from a penalty given against the visitors and centre Grant Spears powered his way over in the corner. This was as good as it got as Marlow exploited further defensive lapses for two more tries.
Long-term official Alan Bright commented: “The score did not reflect the effort put in by the Reading team, which at times looked quite good, but until changes in style of play were made at half time the defence struggled against a very useful attacking side.”
Experienced supporter Hazel Dilley felt that there was a “great improvement from last year. Yes they lost but the second half was a good deal better than the first. They still do the odd kick when possession would have been better and they still do the long pass which fails two out of three times. (Nevertheless) the season looks promising.”
It is these positives that Reading need to take into their next game when they entertain Windsor at home next Saturday.
Tries: Charlie Davies, Grant Spears.
READING: Alex Dorliac; Will Proctor Searle, Paul Boulard, Grant Spears, Chris Greig; Luke Burns, Ray Mead; Josh Pallett, Alex Watson, Josh Nicol, Jamie McNab, Ryan Smith, Fraser Keofman, Taylor McRoberts, Charlie Davies (capt).
Replacements: Dan Gyles, Steve King, Lloyd Thomas.
Ted Goodhew

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Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Marlow
12:00
Try Try for Marlow
18:00
Try Try for Marlow
19:00
Conversion Conversion for Marlow
26:00
Try Try for Marlow
27:00
Conversion Conversion for Marlow
29:00
Try Try for Marlow
36:00
Try Charlie Davis scores for Reading
42:00
Try Grant Spears scores for Reading
61:00
Try Try for Marlow
62:00
Conversion Conversion for Marlow
68:00
Try Try for Marlow

Highlights

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75:00 Sub Off
Charlie Davis is substituted off for Reading
75:00 Sub On
Alex Watson is substituted on for Reading
68:00 Try 10 - 41
Try for Marlow
67:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Marlow
62:00 Conversion 10 - 36
Conversion for Marlow
61:00 Sub Off
Josh Pallett is substituted off for Reading
61:00 Sub Off
Alex Watson is substituted off for Reading
61:00 Sub On
Steve King is substituted on for Reading
61:00 Sub On
Dan Gyles is substituted on for Reading
61:00 Try 10 - 34
Try for Marlow
60:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
57:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Lloyd Thomas kicks to touch for Reading
57:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Marlow
54:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
52:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Lloyd Thomas kicks to touch for Reading
47:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
43:00 Missed Conversion
Lloyd Thomas misses a conversion for Reading
42:00 Try 10 - 29
Grant Spears scores for Reading
40:00 Sub Off
Paul Boulard is substituted off for Reading
40:00 Sub On
Lloyd Thomas is substituted on for Reading
End of period 1
40:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Reading kicks to touch
39:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Marlow
37:00 Missed Conversion
Alexander Dorliac misses a conversion for Reading
36:00 Try 5 - 29
Charlie Davis scores for Reading
34:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Ray Mead kicks to touch for Reading
32:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Luke Burns kicks to touch for Reading
30:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Marlow
29:00 Try 0 - 29
Try for Marlow
27:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Conversion for Marlow
26:00 Try 0 - 22
Try for Marlow
22:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
19:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Conversion for Marlow
18:00 Try 0 - 15
Try for Marlow
17:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
13:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Marlow
12:00 Try 0 - 10
Try for Marlow
6:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Marlow
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Marlow
0:32 Penalty Kick to Touch
Marlow kicks to touch
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As it happened

  • Reading
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Conversion 19:00'
  • Try 26:00'
  • Conversion 27:00'
  • Try 29:00'
  • Charlie Davis Try 36:00'
  • Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Paul Boulard Sub Off 40:00'
  • Lloyd Thomas Sub On 40:00'
  • Grant Spears Try 42:00'
  • Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Dan Gyles Sub On 61:00'
  • Steve King Sub On 61:00'
  • Alex Watson Sub Off 61:00'
  • Josh Pallett Sub Off 61:00'
  • Try 61:00'
  • Conversion 62:00'
  • Try 68:00'
  • Alex Watson Sub On 75:00'
  • Charlie Davis Sub Off 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Buckingham 2 5
7. High Wycombe 2 5
8. Reading Abbey 2 5
9. Stow-on-the-Wold 2 4
10. Bicester 2 2
11. Littlemore 2 0
12. Reading 2 0

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