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First XV - Match centre

Wallingford
Slough
E Searle, I Jeffreys (2), L Eugene, N Chapman
Tries
J Sayce (5)
Conversions
Penalty Try
Sat 2 Mar TBC - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties North Full time

Firsts Win Entertaining Game Against Slough

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Wallingford recorded back to back wins for the first time in 2019 with a decent display against a determined Slough side

Wallingford welcomed Slough to the Hithercroft on a blustery day, as they looked to build on the narrow victory over Reading Abbey a fortnight prior.
In selection, they were without the in form Lawson Dallimore and Craig Irwin, but were able to welcome back vice-captain James Norris and Jack Thurston in the front row, whilst George Marffy replaced the absent Dan Sadler.

After a slow start that allowed Slough to make some early inroads, Wallingford found their feet and were the first to score. After a backs move put Ben Selwood in space on the left on half way, play was taken in to the visitors’ twenty two. With the ball moved right, Dave Baxter was hauled down just short of the try line, but from the ensuing ruck, Phil Dawes fired the ball to the bullocking Ed Searle who proved unstoppable from five yards.
With the host’s forwards running and offloading well, they continued to dominate the opening quarter, and after kicking a penalty to the corner, a well executed forwards move saw Ian Jeffreys crash over.
Slough, who boasted some strong runners, came back and scored a try of their own, albeit a soft one, as their scrum half somehow slipped through three tackles to score under the posts.
Frustrated with the nature of the score, Wallingford came back strongly, and had their third score before half time.
From a scrum inside the Slough twenty-two, Jeffreys broke right, before popping inside to the supporting Nathan Chapman who ran in unopposed.
In the second half, Wallingford’s forwards continued to dominate, and after a catch and drive was brought down illegally by the Slough pack, the referee awarded a penalty try.
Despite a yellow card for Phil Dawes for dissent, with Wallingford playing some excellent flowing rugby, the next score didn’t take long. After some strong carries, Jack Thurston offloaded excellently off the deck to Ian Jeffreys who touched down, before being consumed by the huge Slough prop’s Swan dive.
Wallingford’s final try came as sustained pressure created space on the right, and after Ben Selwood fed Lenford Eugene, he exploded past the would be tacklers to score in the corner. The conversion was missed by Jackson Sayce, the only miss of an excellent kicking display.
Credit to Slough, they never gave up, and earned two more tries in the last quarter, but the game was already up.

This was an entertaining game in front of a lubricated VP crowd. Both teams played some excellent attacking rugby, albeit defence at times was a bit weak.
For Wallingford, Baxter and Jeffreys were excellent, whilst in the backs Jackson Sayce managed the game well, but man of the match went to Ed Searle, who was a handful every time he carried, and was rewarded with his first try for the 1st XV.

1st XV v Slough ~ 2 March 2019
139 photos

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Edward Searle

Player of the Match

Edward Searle

Key moments

10:00
Try Edward Searle scores for Wallingford
10:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
20:00
Try Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
20:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
30:00
Try Nathan Chapman scores for Wallingford
45:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
50:00
Try Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
50:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
70:00
Try Lenford Eugene scores for Wallingford
70:00
Conversion Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford

Videos and photos

1st XV v Slough ~ 2 March 2019
139 photos

Highlights

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70:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
70:00 Try Assist
Ben Selwood makes an assist for Wallingford
70:00 Try 40 - 0
Lenford Eugene scores for Wallingford
60:00 Sub Off
Edward Searle is substituted off for Wallingford
60:00 Sub On
Conner Murphy is substituted on for Wallingford
60:00 Sub Off
David Baxter is substituted off for Wallingford
60:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Wallingford
57:00 Yellow Card
Phil Dawes is yellow carded for Wallingford
50:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
50:00 Try 33 - 0
Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
50:00 Try Assist
Jack Thurston makes an assist for Wallingford
45:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
45:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Wallingford
End of period 1
30:00 Try 19 - 0
Nathan Chapman scores for Wallingford
20:00 Try 12 - 0
Ian Jeffreys scores for Wallingford
20:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
20:00 Try Assist
Ian Jeffreys makes an assist for Wallingford
10:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Jackson Sayce kicks a conversion for Wallingford
10:00 Try Assist
Phil Dawes makes an assist for Wallingford
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Edward Searle scores for Wallingford
End of period
Player of the Match
Edward Searle is awarded player of the match for Wallingford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wallingford
  • Slough
  • 0
  • Edward Searle Try 10:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 10:00'
  • Phil Dawes Try Assist 10:00'
  • Ian Jeffreys Try 20:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 20:00'
  • Ian Jeffreys Try Assist 20:00'
  • Nathan Chapman Try 30:00'
  • Penalty Try 45:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 45:00'
  • Ian Jeffreys Try 50:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 50:00'
  • Jack Thurston Try Assist 50:00'
  • Phil Dawes Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Edward Searle Sub Off 60:00'
  • Conner Murphy Sub On 60:00'
  • David Baxter Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 60:00'
  • Lenford Eugene Try 70:00'
  • Jackson Sayce Conversion 70:00'
  • Ben Selwood Try Assist 70:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Windsor 21 82
2. Marlow 21 72
3. Buckingham 20 71
4. Aylesbury 21 62
5. Bicester 20 61
6. Wallingford 21 53
7. Reading Abbey 22 50

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