Old Blues 15 Weybridge Vandals 10
Having lost by just one point in the earlier league fixture, Vandals felt they had the measure of the Old blues and could make amends for this defeat but all they could show for their efforts was a bonus point. They deservedly turned round at the interval leading by 10pts to 5 and had they been able to capitalise on an attacking line out position in the last minute of the first half they would have been two scores ahead which would have added to the pressure on Old Blues. As it was having come within 2 points of Vandals scoreline, the home side did eventually conjure up a movement to score the winning try under the posts. The result was in doubt until the final whistle as Vandals fought desperately to get the score that would have given them the points, but they will look to poor defence at times and their inability to finish off attacking moves as the reasons for not achieving a victory.
Apart from a penetrating run by Vandals full back George Bolster
, the early stages of the match were dominated by Old Blues and they might have gone ahead on two occasions. With an overlap they chose to kick and then a poor inside pass again prevented the score. Centre Craig Decoteau
burst through some poor tackling to set up a ruck from which Old Blues were penalised for offside and Bolster cooly kicked the goal. Despite losing a player to the sin bin, Vandals made light of being one man down with a great drive by the forwards, a long touch find by fly half Darren Lockyer
and an electric piece of running by winger Harrison Edgeson keeping Old Blues at bay. Scrum half, David Loubser
then made a break in midfield supported by Bolster, but the full backs pass just failed to reach the supporting player. Ironically, Old Blues, having themselves lost a player to the sin bin then took the lead. Their backs had looked sharp from the outset and eventually having had several bites of the cherry they scored in the corner. Two fine kicks had Vandals on the attack again and from a line out the ball was shipped to centre Trevor Grundelingh and his fine swerving run took him under the posts for an easy conversion.
With the wind in their favour, Old Blues opted to kick for goal from an early penalty and duly scored to reduce the deficit to 2 points and only poor hands prevented them taking the lead. Vandals moved in to their opponents half with a powerful run from hooker James Loubser
which resulted in Old Blues being penalised. Bolster’s kick was just wide and then a forward pass in the backs prevented Vandals getting a crucial score. Old blues put together some good tight inter passing moves to get close to the Vandals line and provided quick ball to their backs to score under the posts and a 15-10 lead. There was still time for Vandals to retake the lead but lack of composure and patience at crucial times plus a strong head wind made things difficult.
A frustrating result for Vandals who will be determined to put in a winning performance against Ellingham and Ringwood at Brownacres next Saturday.