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1st XV - Match centre

Reading Abbey
Sat 4 Nov 14:30 - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

READING 46 READING ABBEY 10 S Counties North 04 11 2017


READING 46 READING ABBEY 10 S Counties North 04 11 2017

Reading put their disappointments from last week’s dismal showing against Wallingford behind them and came out in belligerent mood against a Reading Abbey side who have been doing well this season. The result was a sea-change in their performance as they played their best rugby of the year to bring about only their second home league win of 2017, the other being against Reading Abbey in February (20-16).
Also significant for Reading was Alex Dorliac’s 100th try for the club, something no other player has achieved. His try was the last of Reading’s seven tries as he finished off a flowing move Involving Taylor McRoberts and Chris Greig. Now in his tenth season, Dorliac has made 175 appearances and contributed 520 points altogether over those years involving a great measure of commitment, loyalty and achievement.
Reading’s first score came within minutes of the start as coach Ben Wills’ fired-up side came racing out of the blocks. A clean break by Alex Murray-Smith, who proved to be a danger all afternoon, set Chris Greig on his way and there was no stopping Reading’s prolific winger. Nick Portch converted. Reading continued to have the initiative and Portch kicked a penalty after a forward drive from a lineout had given the side good field position.
Reading still had most of the play but the next try did not come until just before half time when Reading took the ball on half way and Greig set up winger Jos Clarke for the try. With the half time score 15-0 there was a feeling in the Reading camp that they should have done better with all their possession and when Diego de Marcilla Bahlsen kicked a splendid penalty for the visitors it seemed they might face a come-back.
However, it was Reading who scored the tries. First flanker Taylor McRoberts scored after Reading took an Abbey scrum on their 22, Portch converting. Then Fraser Koefman, whose lineout work had been impeccable, was driven over from one such set piece. Reading Abbey came back well from this and scored through lock Chris Shaw, de Marcilla Bahlsen slotting the conversion.
However, it was all Reading after that. Firstly the visitors lost possession while on attack in Reading’s 22 and following a kick ahead from Dan Witko and a break by Koefman, Steve King ploughed over from fifteen yards, Portch converting. Well on top now, Reading added two tries in the final minutes. Firstly a lively Alex Watson set up Ben Mitchell for a try and Reading’s day was complete as Dorliac scored his record try. Portch converted.
For Reading, this was rejuvenation after some disappointing displays in the past and coach Ben Wills will be anxious to retain this level of performance. For Reading Abbey, not quite at full strength and losing their skipper Will Bevan after nine minutes, it will be an experience to put behind them and get back to winning ways in the future.

READING: : Jos Clarke, James Mitchell, Alex Dorliac, Alex Murray-Smith, Chris Greig; Dan Witko, Nick Portch; Josh Pallett, Billy Woodworth, Josh Nicol, Rob Cunningham, Ryan Smith, Fraser Koefman, Taylor McRoberts, Adam Veale Replacements: Steve King, Alex Watson, Ben Mitchel
READING ABBEY: R Norville; C Gingell, G Dampies, B Mitchell, D de Marcilla Bahlsen; J Lambert-Taylor, W Bevan (captain); O Charlton, A Postlethwaite, R King, J Knights, C Shaw, E House, G House, M Beckly Replacements: M Gingell, Fungai Mutepfa, J Greenaway).

Ted Goodhew

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield 22 104
2. Windsor 22 90
3. Buckingham 22 88
4. Aylesbury 22 72
5. Thatcham 22 68
6. Wallingford 22 61
7. Reading 22 57

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