Wanderers back to winning ways vs. High Wycombe.
Wanderers secure try bonus point in first half following a fast pace start.
Following close defeats in their last two outings and having slipped to third in the league, Wanderers were hungry to get the full five points from this fixture. It did not take long for the deadlock to be broken following a swift start by the away side. All day Thomas, at 10, ensured that Reading were playing in the right areas and after a characteristic gainline carry from Thomas, Bowers stepped up at first receiver to put the powerful Howard away from 25 meters out - a blistering start. Thomas converted to put Wanderers 0 - 7 up after 3 minutes.
The pace continued, as Davies crossed the line only 2 minutes later for the first of two tries. This was Davies' first game back from injury after a number of months out, oddly enough his injury was incurred against High Wycombe 1s earlier in the season. Who knows if the background story had anything to do with it, but Davies would go on to have a man of the match performance (2 tries, 10 carries and 5 turnovers). Following a great start, complacency crept in which aloud the home side gain some momentum and claim one try back (14 mins), this try went unconverted and High Wycombe rarely threatened afterwards as Wanderers refocused to tighten up their defense.
With an empowered High Wycombe following their try, it took something special to get the score board ticking again, and it eventually began to tick over once more. Following a tight scrum, the ball went 8, 9, 15 to finish in the corner (Bowers, 24 mins). The try went narrowly unconverted bringing the tally to 5 - 17. Another restart, but without the complacency. Wanderers, through the boot of Thomas following a penalty around the half way line, brought the dominant side to a lineout not 10 meters out. The pack wanted to walk it over and would have been successful if not for foul play resulting in a penalty try. The try bonus point secured with 10 minutes left before the half time whistle (5 - 24).
The second half brought a different flavor as Wanderers waited until the 35th minute of the second half to score again, hindered by a yellow card, Howard (50 mins) for a Judo like tackle on a light opponent. The second half deadlock remained until after a second yellow card, this time for a High Wycombe player resulting from continuous foul play. Then Daniels was rewarded with a well deserved try, in his first game for the Wanderers this season, the the initial break and assist came from Howard and the conversion from Thomas (5 - 31). Throughout the game, Daniel made his tackles, protected the ball and supported his teammates.
There were 2 more tries, the first came from man of the man of the match Davies (75 mins) - another huge carry at fierce pace from 20 meters or so out, again converted by Thomas (5 - 38). The final try of the day went to Walters (79 mins) who was also playing his first game for Wanderers this season. Walters replaced Mead at scrumhalf at half time and put in a solid performance in terms of distribution.
Tries: Howard (3"), Davies (5", 75"), Bowers (24"), PT (30"), Daniels (35"), Walters (79").
Conversions: Thomas (3).
Team: Orwin, Sparks, Munn, Clarke, Lewis, Davies, Lee, Grundy, Mead, Thomas, Hughes, O'Toole, Howard, Daniel, Walters.
Replacements: Wright, Walters.