12 August , Pre-season
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Match report 29/09/2013 Esher Rugby Club vs Weybridge Reeds

Esher Rugby

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Weybridge Reeds

A game of three halves” The age old issue of us starting slowly came back to haunt us on Sunday and in the first few minutes a well drilled and confident Reeds team put a couple of easy scores on us. Our inexperience of playing on a full size pitch was pretty evident and Reeds simply shipped the ball wide and ran around our defence. With our heads down, they added to their points tally and this game was one to forget.  The second match was a different story altogether, the boys were now alive to the challenge and clearly aggrieved by the first half performance. As a result, they came our fighting and began to dominate the up-front battles. Forwards competed at the break down and we started to make ground with good controlled rucking and loose play. Our scrums were solid and we won several against the head too! Finally we were able to unleash our backs and we looked like a team who would compete and were capable of scoring at any point. The third match followed the trend of the second and was another strong performance overall. The team learnt some valuable lessons on Sunday and I’m sure this will benefit us in the coming weeks. Bearing in mind that we were experimenting with players in new positions and that we fielded three completely different teams on Sunday, the early signs are pretty encouraging. Tackling was strong, kicking was excellent and the scrum was solid. We need to continue to work on the breakdown and ‘aggressive defence’ and line speed is key. This weekend will present a different challenge but I expect Warlingham to field a strong side. With a match under our belt now, the cobwebs have been well and truly blown away and I’m pretty confident that we will deliver a more complete performance

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