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1st XV - Match centre

Reading
Buckingham
C Greig-Jenkins (2), A Watson
Tries
A Dorliac, N Burch (2)
Conversions
N Burch
Penalties
Sat 9 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North Full time

READING 24 BUCKINGHAM 39 S Counties North 09 03 2019

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READING 24 BUCKINGHAM 39 S Counties North 09 03 2019

Reading battled hard against promotion-chasing Buckingham but were overpowered by a well-drilled team who had the four- try bonus point in the bag soon after half time and ended up with seven tries. Reading’s heads never went down and they were rewarded with tries from winger Chris Greig (2) and hooker Alex Watson. Nick Burch added a penalty and a conversion before having to leave the field with injury, leaving Alex Dorliac to convert Greig’s second try.
Chris Greig continued his phenomenal try-scoring form with two very good individual tries against another side who found him hard to contain. Earlier in the season he had to miss a run of six games but since his return he has scored seven tries in four games. These tries have not been mere run-ins and the two in this game were typical; on each occasion there was not much on when he received the ball 40 yards from the line but on each occasion a mixture of barges, side-steps, dodges and speed created tries out of nothing. He now has 94 career tries for Reading and will be looking to join Alex Dorliac in the ‘100-try Club’ as soon as possible.
The other try came from hooker Alex Watson, a fitting reward for another whole-hearted display.
Within five minutes of the kick-off Buckingham showed their power with the first of their three tries from lineouts. Reading responded with a great move inspired by a Charlie Davies drive after several off-loads following a chip ahead by full back Stuart Borthwick. Watson profited with the try and Burch’s conversion gave Reading the lead. Reading were soon having to defend again, however, with a Grant Spears tackle preventing one try-scoring attempt before another lineout close to Reading’s line ended with the seemingly inevitable catch and drive try.
On the half hour another converted try stretched the lead for the visitors but Reading came back with what appeared to be a great try following another Grant Spears run but the final pass was given as forward and Reading’s joy was short-lived. Instead a well-struck penalty from Burch made the half time score 10-19.
The second half began with a dominant Buckingham side scoring direct from a five metre scrum in the corner before Greig scored the first of his two tries after fielding a clearance kick. However another line-out catch and drive try plus another from a Number 8 pick up and drive from a five metre scrum stretched the visitors’ lead before Reading came back with Greig’s second try, converted by Dorliac.
A late Buckingham try sealed a deserved victory.
Reading scores: Tries: Alex Watson, Chris Greig (2) Cons: Nick Burch (1), Alex Dorliac (1)
Pen: Burch (1)
READING: Stuart Borthwick; Ben Mitchell, Alex Dorliac, Grant Spears, Chris Greig; Alex Murray-Smith, Nick Burch; Josh Pallett, Alex Watson, Dan Gyles, Ed Dixon, Ashley Chapman, Gavin Egan, Fraser Koefman, Charlie Davies (capt). Replacements: Guillaume Janin, George Dear, Ben Wills
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Key moments

1:00
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
1:00
Conversion Nick Burch kicks a conversion for Reading
2:00
Try Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
2:00
Conversion Alexander Dorliac kicks a conversion for Reading
3:00
Try Alex Watson scores for Reading
3:00
Conversion Nick Burch kicks a conversion for Reading
4:00
Penalty Nick Burch kicks a penalty for Reading

Highlights

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4:00 Penalty 24 - 0
Nick Burch kicks a penalty for Reading
3:00 Try 19 - 0
Alex Watson scores for Reading
3:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Nick Burch kicks a conversion for Reading
2:00 Try 12 - 0
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
2:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Alexander Dorliac kicks a conversion for Reading
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Chris Greig-Jenkins scores for Reading
1:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Nick Burch kicks a conversion for Reading
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  • Reading
  • Buckingham
  • 0
  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 1:00'
  • Nick Burch Conversion 1:00'
  • Chris Greig-Jenkins Try 2:00'
  • Alexander Dorliac Conversion 2:00'
  • Alex Watson Try 3:00'
  • Nick Burch Conversion 3:00'
  • Nick Burch Penalty 4:00'

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