Never has the cliché "Game of 2 halves" ben more deserved. To go in , at half time, leading 19-0 was somewhat of an acheivement. Perhaps to some it could have been disapointing to finally finish the game as a 19-19 draw. But make no mistake, Wimbledon were a different side in the second half. Had the time not run out and the ball gone dead, during a promising Wimbledon attack then Esher would have struggled to hold on for the draw !
As it was we can reflect on a sublime first half. Brodie-Sueiro and Falconer were always causing havoc in the Wimbledon defence.
Esher started the game on fire. They scored after 7 minutes after a line break from centre pairing Mullineux and Piggott. Piggot managed to offload in the tackle to Perryman who was running from deep. He sprinted away to score under the posts. Quinny got the extras and we were 7-0 up very quickly.
Brodie-Sueiro then got a try his play deserved. Falconer was unlucky to not score more as he crossed the try-line twice only to be denied by some very god Wimledon defence. The first attempt ending with his lying on his back and unable to ground the ball immediately. The second attempt , he had his arm ripped away from the ball just as he was about to ground it.
But 3rd time lucky, he scored from a 5 metre scrum racing round the blind side to race araound the defence to score right under the posts.
19-0 at half -time.
Fair play must go to Wimbledon who took full advantage of the second half wind. Their heroic come-back deserves some praise. And, if time had not expired when it did , at a promising Wimbeldon attack, it looked like Esher would have struggled to defend a 5m line-out.
This all bodes well for our next few league games as te team is starting to really click now.