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1st XV - Match centre

Worcester Wanderers
T Dodge, J Saddington, D Whiting, P Burton
O Meadows (3)
Penalty Try
Sat 28 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

Wanderers climb to play-off contention

The Wanderers continued their recent revival with a solid victory against a highly competitive Whitchurch RFC on Saturday at Weston's.

The blustery and cold conditions were always going to make things difficult for both teams but, they served up a 9 try thriller with the result only secured in the dying minutes, thanks to a penalty try, with both sides tied on 27 points each!

Both sides came to play and the opening exchanges were frantic and error strewn.

Tries from Mike Dodge and Dave Whiting gave the Wanderers an early lead with Ollie Meadows converting one but, it was Whitchurch who picked up the challenge and responded with a sustained period of pressure to score a converted try and two penalties to take the lead.

Wanderers v Whitchurch March 2015
18 photos

Back came the Wanderers and Meadows converted a penalty before Jake Saddington drove over for a try.

Whitchurch were right in the game and scored again to tie the scores after half time.

Once again the Wanderers responded and following some deft handling Paul Burton squeezed over for a good team try, Meadows converting.

Bill Harling, the Wanderers fly half, was ensuring the Wanderers were playing in the right areas of the pitch and with the Wanderers forwards starting to edge the battle up front, the Wanderers appeared to have control!

Whitchurch, however, had other ideas and took full advantage of a turnover to launch an attack from just outside their 22 and displaying good skills finished off a flowing move with a fine converted try.

With around 8 minutes left the Wanderers went for broke and they attacked the kick off, a fine leap from Andy Reid led to a penalty and the Wanderers opted for a 5 metre scrum.

Several penalties and scrums later the referee had had enough and awarded the Wanderers a penalty try, converted by Meadows.

The Wanderers collected the restart and controlled the ball, with Russ Marsland and Richard Ralph prominent, taking play to the Whitchurch 22 line.

With the clock ticking, Whiting wheeled out of the maul with the ball and hoofed it off the pitch to give the Wanderers a hard earned bonus point victory by 34 points to 27.

(All Jeff's photos for the season can be found at )

Stuart James

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Andrew Reid

Player of the Match

Andrew Reid

Key moments

Try Tom Dodge scores for Worcester Wanderers
Try Jacob Saddington scores for Worcester Wanderers
Try David Whiting scores for Worcester Wanderers
Try Paul Burton scores for Worcester Wanderers
Penalty Ollie Meadows kicks a penalty for Worcester Wanderers
Penalty Ollie Meadows kicks a penalty for Worcester Wanderers
Penalty Ollie Meadows kicks a penalty for Worcester Wanderers

Videos and photos

Wanderers v Whitchurch March 2015
18 photos
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As it happened

  • Worcester Wanderers
  • Whitchurch
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  • Tom Dodge Try 1:00'
  • Jacob Saddington Try 1:00'
  • David Whiting Try 1:00'
  • Paul Burton Try 1:00'
  • Penalty Try 1:00'
  • Ollie Meadows Penalty 1:00'
  • Ollie Meadows Penalty 1:00'
  • Ollie Meadows Penalty 1:00'
  • James Gunther Yellow Card 1:00'
  • Russ Marsland Sub On 1:00'
  • Jonny Dawson Sub Off 1:00'
  • David Whiting Sub On 1:00'
  • James Gunther Sub Off 1:00'
  • Richard Ralph Sub On 1:00'
  • Gareth Owens Sub Off 1:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
2. Worcester Wanderers 26 93
7. Whitchurch 26 68

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