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On the evidence of this game it is obvious why East Grinstead are unbeaten and ten points clear in the league. They have an ability to force errors from their opponents and launch powerful counter-attacks and their defence is excellent. But it was also apparent why Wimbledon are right up there too, tucked in behind the top three.

Clearly rattled by a very early try from Gs wing Dunn, stemming from one of those counter-attacks from deep in their own half, Wimbledon just couldnt get into their stride until five minutes before half time. By that time Gs dominance at the lineout and speed to and efficiency at the breakdown denied Dons all but scraps of possession, with which they made too many unforced errors. One such yielded a ruck on Dons 22 from which centre Keyworth found a gap and scored. No.10 Meakin converted. Soon after, no.8 Mannick burst over from a 5m penalty for Gs try no. three, again converted.

Al last though, with five minutes of the half remaining, Wimbledon won some ball and pressured Gs line for a number of phases, but Gs defence held.

The opening of the second half was very similar to the first; just one minute in, Gs pounced on an error and quick ball produced a two man overlap and an easy run in for wing Hunt and Dons found themselves 24-0 down. But from that point they produced the rugby that has made them such a force so often this season. Flanker Steve May typified the effort, appearing everywhere both in support of attacks and in defence. Chris Lewis and Danny Craven werent far behind either and the entire team was transformed. Lock Gary Crowe won all Wimbledons lineouts to give some precious possession, while scrum half Charlie Morgan slowed much of Gs scrum ball. No 10 Neil Hallett and centres Kua Palakua and Tommy Moore (on for the injured Neil Brown) joined the back row to prevent Gs crash ball from breaking through and the home team suddenly found themselves in a real battle.

On the half hour prop Pete Wallace combined with Moore and Lewis to get into Gs 22 and after minutes of ferocious rucking the ball eventually found its way out to wing Peter Scott, who fought his way over for a thoroughly deserved try.

Next week Wimbledon are at home to league strugglers, Trojans.

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