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1st XV - Match centre

F Koefman, O O'Toole, C Greig-Jenkins (2)
L Bowers
Sat 16 Feb 14:30 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North Full time




Reading can count themselves unfortunate to lose a game in which they outscored their opponents by four tries to two; as it turned out it was with the boot that the opposition were able to make their mark, kicking thirteen points to Reading’s two. This is the fourth time the sides have met in the league and Reading have lost every one of them. Nevertheless they took two bonus points from the match and their performance suggests they can look to go upwards in the league table by the seasons’ end, despite some difficult fixtures.

Starring for Reading once again was winger Chris Greig, whose two second half tries kept his side in with the prospect of victory. The first came after the visitors had kicked the ball out of defence. Number 8 Rob Cunningham drove back up-field and passed to Gavin Egan whose slick pass set Greig away. Greig still had much to do but his combination of speed and elusive running took him clear for a score under the posts. His other try came from a scrum on the visitors’ ten metre line, scrum half Juillaume Janin passing direct to Greig for another fine try from distance.

These tries gave Reading a lead, 22-10, with half an hour to go but Aylesbury, to their credit, kept going well and a converted try plus two penalty goals gave them their narrow win. Earlier in the game Reading had had the better of much of the first half and scored their first try within five minutes of the start, flanker Gavin Egan touching down following a lineout catch and drive from five metres. The visitors came back with some threatening moves but good Reading defence plus Aylesbury mistakes kept them from scoring. It was Reading who scored next, after 25 minutes, when a well-placed high kick from Alex Dorliac was tapped down behind his own line by the Aylesbury winger and substitute Ollie O’Toole pounced to score.

Both the first half tries were scored wide out, making the conversions difficult. Greig’s two in the second half were both under the posts. Unfortunately one of these was missed and this affected the final score. Reading can, nevertheless, take a lot from a game which could have gone either way. Ably led by second row Andy Parr, the team played with great spirit. The scrummaging and lineout play both went well and Number 8 Rob Cunningham led the way with some great driving play. Alex Dorliac, playing his 200th game for the team in his eleventh season at the club, had to play out of position at fly half and did so very well. In the backs centres Grant Spears and George Dear both made line-breaking runs and Stuart Borthwick had a fine game at full back in just his second game of the season for the club.

Scores: Tries: Chris Greig (2), Gavin Egan, Ollie O’Toole Con: Lewis Bowers (1).
TEAM: Stuart Borthwick; Will Proctor-Searle, Geroge Dear, Grant Spears, Chris Greig; Alex Dorliac, Lewis Bowers; Josh Pallett, Alex Watson, Steve Orwin, Andy Parr, Ryan Smith, Gavin Egan, Fraser Koefman, Rob Cunningham. Replacements: Ollie O’Toole, Andy Arter, Juillaume Janin.
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Key moments

Try Fraser Koefman scores for Reading
Try Ollie O'Toole scores for Reading
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
Conversion Lewis Bowers kicks a conversion for Reading
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading


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56:22 Try 22 - 0
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
44:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Lewis Bowers kicks a conversion for Reading
43:16 Try 15 - 0
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
End of period 1
28:52 Try 10 - 0
Ollie O'Toole scores for Reading
5:56 Try 5 - 0
Fraser Koefman scores for Reading
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As it happened

  • Reading
  • Aylesbury
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  • Fraser Koefman Try 5:56'
  • Ollie O'Toole Try 28:52'
  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 43:16'
  • Lewis Bowers Conversion 44:00'
  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 56:22'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Wallingford 22 53
7. Reading Abbey 22 52
8. Reading 22 49
9. High Wycombe 22 40
10. Stow-on-the-Wold 22 37
11. Slough 22 21
12. Littlemore 22 10

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