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1st XV - Match centre

Bicester
Reading
Tries
C Greig-Jenkins (2), F Koefman
Conversions
A Dorliac
Sat 2 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North Full time

BICESTER 41 READING 17 S COUNTIES NORTH 02 03 19

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BICESTER 41 READING 17 S COUNTIES NORTH 02 03 19

Two tries from prolific winger Chris Greig and one from flanker Fraser Koefman were not enough to keep Reading in the hunt against a powerful and beefy Bicester side whose pass and drive tactics ultimately brought them six tries, four conversions and a penalty.
Reading contested strongly but the loss of big forwards Rob Cunningham (before half time), Ryan Smith and Steve Orwin (both second half) through injury meant the game ended with uncontested scrums and made defence against sizeable opponents all the more difficult.
Reading had their moments. Chris Greig was always a danger and might have had four tries with his elusive running; however twice he was adjudged to have put his foot on the touch line when making a run for the line. Small margins can make a difference.
Reading made a bright enough start but it was not long before strong pressure from the home side brought them a converted try. Reading responded well and moved the ball to Greig who beat all in front of him to the line. Alex Dorliac’s conversion from the touchline brought the scores level.
A Bicester penalty was followed by Greig’s two near-misses before, on the half hour, Bicester took the lead again with a converted try. Before half time they scored another, with a catch and drive from a lineout, also converted and with Cunningham leaving the field Reading were not in a good place at 24-7 down.
Early in the second half a great break from Grant Spears ended as he was just unable to get the try-scoring pass away and Dorliac was wide with a penalty attempt. Inevitably, the home side drove back up-field and a line-out catch and drive took them up to 29 points. This was followed by more driving play for another try before Reading came back with a combined move which ended with Koefman’s try.
Reading continued to work hard and good handling and passing set up Chris Greig for a chance he gladly took. Before the finish, however, the home side scored another converted try to finish at 41-17.
Reading were, therefore, soundly beaten. Their scrummaging was good, although the lineouts did not always come off, and some big tackles were put in, as they had to be. Cunningham and Smith, before they went off, were both involved in some good driving play, while Juillaume Janin (scrum half) and Alex Dorliac combined well at half back. Centres Grant Spears and Ben Mitchell also played with great commitment but in the end there was no stopping the juggernaut.
Tries: Chris Greg (2), Fraser Koefman Con: Alex Dorliac (1)
TEAM: Blair Fraser; Sam Taylor, Ben Mitchell, Grant Spears, Chris Greig; Alex Dorliac, Juillaume Janin; Josh Pallett, Alex Watson, Steve Orwin, Andy Parr, Ryan Smith, Fraser Koefman, Charlie Davies, Rob Cunningham. Replacements: Ed Dixon, Rory Laing, Ben Wills

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Key moments

0:00
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
2:00
Conversion Alexander Dorliac kicks a conversion for Reading
40:00
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
41:00
Try Fraser Koefman scores for Reading

Highlights

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41:00 Try 0 - 17
Fraser Koefman scores for Reading
40:00 Try 0 - 12
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
End of period 1
2:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Alexander Dorliac kicks a conversion for Reading
0:00 Try 0 - 5
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
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As it happened

  • Bicester
  • Reading
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  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 0:00'
  • Alexander Dorliac Conversion 2:00'
  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 40:00'
  • Fraser Koefman Try 41:00'

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