Sat 25
1st XV
42
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19
League
Sidcup
Wimbledon 42 - Sidcup 19

Wimbledon 42 - Sidcup 19

By Martin Rogers
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Wimbledon 42 - Sidcup 19


Wimbledon gave the coaching staff things to work on when they dropped two of the first three kick-
offs that they received from Sidcup, However attacks were mounted when they had possession and
the first try for hooker Josh Forrester came from a lineout drive after seven minutes. The conversion
from near the touchline for outside half Steve Boatman was a success. But this was undone shortly
afterwards when a big gap in midfield was exploited by Sidcup’s wing Andre Patterson who scored in
the corner. The conversion attempt was missed.
Wimbledon hit back immediately when a lineout taken by lock Jack Cooke was passed down the line
and the sheer pace of wing Ollie Kitto saw him score from 45 metres into the righthand corner,
Boatman’s excellent conversion followed extending Wimbledon’s lead 14 – 5 after 14 minutes. A
strong scrum following Sidcup’s kick-off showed Wimbledon pushing the Sidcup pack off the ball.
Shortly afterwards a Sidcup forward was penalised for a no-arms tackle and Boatman increased the
lead with the penalty kick. Sidcup were finding the interplay between Boatman, Jack Reville and
Tom Milner in the Wimbledon centres hard to cope with as the half closed with Wimbledon leading
17 – 5.
The second half opened with a strong attack from Wimbledon no.8 Kane Alboni who later in the half
switched to outside half after Boatman had left the field, to be replaced by lock Alex Campbell with
the pack being reorganised. Alboni kept to the plan of strong running at the Sidcup defence when in
possession. The immediate event was a further penalty which was kicked and extended the lead.
Wimbledon were pushing hard for were more tries for the bonus point when Kitto scored his
second from inside his own half on 46 minutes after a burst of extreme pace. Boatman was unable
to convert from the touch line but eight minutes later another big charge from Alboni followed by
replacement Josh Charles saw him offload to Cooke who scored to take the score to 30 – 5 and
secure the bonus point try, converted by Boatman. Two minutes later a kick through and chase saw
three Wimbledon players in a line challenging each other to score: Boatman actually did the deed
and then added the extras.
In the final quarter Sidcup were able to take some possession and a score came for their centre Luka
Syplywczak quickly converted by Joshua Twyford. The scoring continued with a further try for Sidcup
who were then prompted to seek their own try bonus point. However, Wimbledon’s defence was
strong and the final act was a surge from the Wimbledon team down the field following a penalty
kick to the corner and a forward drive over the line. In the pile of bodies, the fullback Freddie
Hooper was confirmed as the scorer. The unsuccessful conversion attempt was followed by the final
whistle.
Despite shipping 19 points, the six tries scored all made for very entertaining rugby and a treat for
the spectators to watch.

Next Saturday Wimbledon will be away at Rochford Hundred, with a 2.30pm kick-off.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 25, Jan 2020

Kickoff

14:00

Competition

London & SE Premier

League position

3
Wimbledon
8
Sidcup