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Your News Wimbledon 61 - Gosport & Fareham 19

If Wimbledon’s flanker Steve May had not been deservedly voted man-of-the-match, No. 10 Neil Hallett or prop Ben Davies might have been, as indeed could any of the other fifteen who produced such sparkling rugby in putting 61 points on the visitors, the team that last season won promotion to this league along with Wimbledon.

Despite the absence of a number of regulars, the forwards did all that was required of them – and more – demonstrating Dons’ strength in depth this season. They produced a stream of good ball from the set scrum and the lineouts, via the hands of messirs Callanan, Crowe and Reynolds, and dominated G’s in the loose. Scrum half Charlie Morgan and his backs had a field day.

Although the Wimbledon defence was rock solid for most of the match, they did let in three tries, one by G’s wing Gareth Jones after he evaded all tacklers during a superb 70m run, and the other two while they were reduced to thirteen men for ten minutes. (An instinctive high tackle produced a yellow for fullback Dan Brown, and a daft intervention by wing Leon Driscoll brought his dismissal.)

It was Driscoll who scored Dons’ first try after just five minutes, fed by Callanan after a lovely delayed pass by Hallett. Driscoll was involved in the second try soon after, along with wing Tommy Moore, when Morgan dived into the corner. Then, from a 5m scrum, Morgan gave a quick pass to Brown who ran in no.3. On the half-hour it was centre Neil Brown’s turn to score after swooping on a Gosport fumble. Two minutes later Hallett jinked through the narrowest of gaps to score try no.5. His conversion made it a most impressive five out of five. Then, from nowhere Jones put the visitors on the scoreboard, Duncombe converted and the half ended 35-7.

It only took four minutes for try no.6, scored by Neil Brown after another classy break by Hallett, who added the conversion. Then came the yellow cards and a pushover try by the men from the south coast. But Dons came straight back when Hallett, then Morgan, gave centre Kua Palakua enough space to sprint over the line for no. 7. After Hallett had missed the conversion (to everyone’s surprise) it was Gosport’s turn to bounce back with their third, from a 5m scrum, Duncombe’s two points proving to be his team’s last.

Back to fifteen men, Dons then produced probably the try of the match, touched down by Davies after at least a dozen phases of excellent play, and taking the score past the half century. The ninth and final try went to the man-of-the-match himself and Hallett’s eighth conversion rounded off a highly successful day for him and all his team-mates.

It will put Wimbledon in good heart before they face a tough test next week, away to unbeaten league leaders, Chichester.

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