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First XV - Match centre

Wallingford
Stow-on-the-Wold
J Norris (2), I Jeffreys, S Botting (2), J Sayce, P Dawes, D Sadler
Tries
J Sayce (6)
Conversions
J Sayce (2)
Penalties
Sat 11 Nov TBC - South West Division - Southern Counties North Full time

Firsts return to form with 8 try victory

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8 tries and a near flawless kicking display saw Wallingford rack up their biggest win of the season against Stow-on-the-Wold

After the disappointment of the previous weeks performance against Beaconsfield, Wallingford went into Saturdays game looking to make amends against Stow-on-the-Wold.

In selection, there were two changes as Sam Botting returned on the wing in place of the injured Pete McKinley and Max Suttner returned to the starting lineup for the absent Ralph Smith with James Springer taking his place on the bench.

Heavy rain all morning made the conditions difficult for both sides but Wallingford started strongly and never looked back throughout the game. The first try came after just 2 minutes as a penalty was kicked to the corner and a textbook catch and drive saw James Norris score, Jackson Sayce converting (7-0). This was quickly followed by a penalty from in front of the posts which Sayce again converted (10-0).

1st XV v Stow on the Wold ~ 11 November 2017
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Stow came back into the game but Wallingford defended well against their forward dominated pick and drive game before securing a turnover and clearing their lines.

The home side were soon back on the attack and a loose clearance kick by Stow was fielded by Tom Swainston who danced through several tackles before feeding Ian Jeffreys to score under the posts, again converted by Sayce (17-0). With their tails up, Wallingford were looking like a completely different team to last week and the constant pressure on Stow saw them concede a number of penalties, one of which was in range for Sayce to convert (20-0).

The next score saw Sam Botting cross with his first touch of the ball as a great pass by Pete Holton put him in space, Sayce continuing his fine form with the boot to convert from out wide (27-0). Botting was again on the scoresheet toward the end of the first half, this time beating his man before crossing out wide, Sayce this time pushing the conversion wide (32-0) HT.

Going into the second half, Wallingford had already wrapped up the bonus point but knew they needed to maintain their workrate and not let Stow back into the game.

The first 10 minutes after half time were a pretty stodgy affair as both teams fell foul of the referees whistle, Stow more than Wallingford as a couple of yellow cards were handed out. From one of these penalties Wallingford kicked to the corner, secured the ball and James Norris broke through to score, Sayce converting (39-0).

Stow were not giving up however and as Wallingford conceded a couple of penalties, they eventually crossed to score, conversion missed (39-5).

Not willing to just see the game through, Wallingford got themselves back into their first half rhythm and again applied pressure to Stow as they began to tire. Swainston spotted a mismatch in defence and glided through before feeding Sayce to score and convert (46-5). This was followed by a score for captain Phil Dawes as Wallingford pressured the Stow line for a number of phases before Pete Holton fed Dawes to cross, Sayce converting from the touchline (53-5).

With the light fading, there was still time for Wallingford to cross once more with Botting this time avoiding his hat-trick jug by offloading to Dan Sadler to cross out wide, Sayce hitting the posts with the conversion from out wide (58-5). FT

From 1-17, everyone put in a performance and usually a near faultless day with the boot and a 23 point haul would be enough to claim the MOTM award but Sayce narrowly missed out to flanker Dave Baxter whose display in both attack and defence was excellent.

This was a much improved display by Wallingford but its important for them to carry this forward into their next game against high-fliers Thatcham.

David Baxter

Player of the Match

David Baxter

Key moments

2:00
Try James Norris scores for Wallingford
2:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
5:00
Penalty Jackson Sayce kicks a penalty for Wallingford
8:00
Try Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
8:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
16:00
Penalty Jackson Sayce kicks a penalty for Wallingford
25:00
Try Sam Botting scores for Wallingford
25:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
38:00
Try Sam Botting scores for Wallingford
55:00
Try James Norris scores for Wallingford
55:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
65:00
Try Jackson Sayce scores for Wallingford
65:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
70:00
Try Phil Dawes scores for Wallingford
70:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
75:00
Try Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
David Baxter is awarded player of the match for Wallingford
75:00 Try Assist
Sam Botting makes an assist for Wallingford
75:00 Try 58 - 0
Dan Sadler scores for Wallingford
75:00 Missed Conversion
Jackson Sayce misses a conversion for Wallingford
70:00 Try 51 - 0
Phil Dawes scores for Wallingford
70:00 Try Assist
Pete Holton makes an assist for Wallingford
70:00 Conversion 53 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
70:00 Sub On
James Springer is substituted on for Wallingford
70:00 Sub Off
Pete Holton is substituted off for Wallingford
65:00 Conversion 41 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
65:00 Try Assist
Tom Swainston makes an assist for Wallingford
65:00 Try 46 - 0
Jackson Sayce scores for Wallingford
60:00 Yellow Card
Tom Hill is yellow carded for Wallingford
55:00 Try 37 - 0
James Norris scores for Wallingford
55:00 Conversion 39 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
End of period 1
38:00 Try 32 - 0
Sam Botting scores for Wallingford
38:00 Missed Conversion
Jackson Sayce misses a conversion for Wallingford
25:00 Conversion 27 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
25:00 Try 25 - 0
Sam Botting scores for Wallingford
25:00 Try Assist
Pete Holton makes an assist for Wallingford
16:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a penalty for Wallingford
10:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Wallingford
10:00 Sub Off
Nathan Chapman is substituted off for Wallingford
8:00 Try 15 - 0
Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
8:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
8:00 Try Assist
Tom Swainston makes an assist for Wallingford
5:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a penalty for Wallingford
2:00 Conversion 2 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
2:00 Try 7 - 0
James Norris scores for Wallingford
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As it happened

  • Wallingford
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • 0
  • James Norris Try 2:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 2:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Penalty 5:00'
  • Ian Jeffreys Try 8:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 8:00'
  • Tom Swainston Try Assist 8:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 10:00'
  • Nathan Chapman Sub Off 10:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Penalty 16:00'
  • Sam Botting Try 25:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 25:00'
  • Pete Holton Try Assist 25:00'
  • Sam Botting Try 38:00'
  • James Norris Try 55:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 55:00'
  • Tom Hill Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Try 65:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 65:00'
  • Tom Swainston Try Assist 65:00'
  • Phil Dawes Try 70:00'
  • Pete Holton Try Assist 70:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 70:00'
  • James Springer Sub On 70:00'
  • Pete Holton Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dan Sadler Try 75:00'
  • Sam Botting Try Assist 75:00'

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Team selection

Sadler, Dan Sadler, Dan
Botting, Sam Botting, Sam
Holton, Pete Holton, Pete
Sayce, Jackson Sayce, Jackson
Suttner, Max Suttner, Max
Swainston, Tom Swainston, Tom
Dawes, Phil Dawes, Phil
Jeffreys, Ian Jeffreys, Ian
Chapman, Nathan Chapman, Nathan
Baxter, David Baxter, David
Tappin, Carl Tappin, Carl
Murphy, Conner Murphy, Conner
Greenway, Jack Greenway, Jack
Norris, James Norris, James
Drew, Joe Drew, Joe

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League table

# 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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