Club Affiliation - Samaritans
Sat 09
3rd XV (Vikings)
Tadley II
I Lindsay
I Lindsay
J Ricau, P Watson
Reading III 15 - 7 Tadley II

Reading III 15 - 7 Tadley II

By Gareth Tully
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Great team effort in tough conditions leads the Vikings to an important league win over second placed Tadley…

The first wet and muddy game of the season meant attacking play was limited and the aim of the game was defence against a Tadley team with a great reputation and everyone of the Reading players certainly delivered.

The defensive effort was immense especially against a team full of strong ball carriers. Tadley rarely ever broke the line. Both teams had errors in the sloppy conditions especially with handling but going back to basics Reading limited their offloading game relying on their team mates to ruck and keep possession.

High pressure from both sides resulted in a few penalties with Reading drawing first blood, a penalty kick from winger Iain Lindsay.

Using the wet conditions to their advantage Tadley kicked a lot of high balls putting the wings and especially fullback Tom Ray under pressure of which they handled very well.

One such kick though was excellently chased by a Tadley winger who collected the bounce and ran in for a well finished converted try.

Reading were content to soak up the Tadley attack, committing few to the rucks and many to the defensive line, relying on quick turn overs from players in the pack like Ben Allin, Geoff Lovett and Ali Hutchinson to launch devastating counter attacks through the backline with fly half John Ricau and centres Peter Bulteel and Piran Watson making a lot of ground.

One such break through the middle almost resulted in a try as Luc Bowie broke through the middle and meters from the line released to winger Luke Hardaker who was tackled into touch by a excellent scrambling Tadley defence.

Reading scrums were dominant due to the form of the front 5.

Unfortunately, line outs were more of a lottery.

Reading used their powerful forwards to muscle through the tackles and keep possession, working their way phase after phase to the Tadley line where fly half John Ricau took the ball at short range and powered over the line. The try was converted by the safe boot of Iain Lindsay.

Communication throughout the team was at an all time high with key team members marshalling the defence and making the most of scrappy possession.

The forward pack carried the ball through several phases, sucking in the opposition and creating an overlap when the ball was then shipped wide, Piran finishing a good passage of play by the backs with a try.

Despite a tremendous defensive effort from every player, doing exactly what their captain wanted of them, man of the match went to new boy Ben Allin who fought like a true warrior making a huge amount of tackles, sacking potential rolling mauls, several turn overs and excellent link work while Reading were in attack. Special mention to Ali Hutchinson, Brinsley Munn and Graham Wontner-Smith who all put monstrous shifts across the pitch and enjoyed the confrontation in the front row.


1. Brinsley Munn
2. Ali Hutchinson
3. Graham Wontner-Smith
4. Brendan Clark
5. Andy Lewis
6. Luc Bowie (Captain)
7. Ben Allin
8. Geoff Lovett
9. Jack Limbrick
10. John Ricau
11. Luke Hardaker
12. Peter Bulteel
13. Piran Watson
14. Iain Lindsay
15. Tom Ray

Subs used from Saxons game on adjacent pitch:

16. Allan Smith
17. Adam Sokolowski


27 mins Pen Iain Lindsay 3-0
41 mins Try Tadley 3-7

Half Time

53 mins Try John Ricau 8-7
53 mins Con Iain Lindsay 10-7
57 mins Luke Hardaker off - Allan Smith on
58 mins Try Piran Watson 15-7
72 mins Allan Smith off - Adam Sokolowski on

Full Time

Match report by Luc Bowie (Captain)

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Sat 09, Nov 2013




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