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Despite recording a pretty substantial 49-28 victory over league strugglers, Trojans, Wimbledons second half performance was so poor that the final whistle almost came as a relief, both to the team and to their supporters. It was as if at half time and 42-3 ahead, the forwards decided theyd done enough for the day and wouldnt bother tackling any more. Admittedly injuries to Peter Scott, Rich Stewart and Charlie Morgan didnt help and Joey Nanais dismissal for ten minutes further spoiled Dons shape.

But all credit to Trojans, who took full advantage of their opponents lethargy as early as two minutes after the re-start, when centre Joby hacked on a loose ball, gathered it and scored in the corner as the men in blue and maroon stood and watched.

Trojans next two tries, by backs Potter and Keeble, were well-worked, albeit aided by some shoddy tackling, as were their fourth and fifth by Potter and Keeble again. A first half penalty by Lynch was their only successful kick of the day. Dons only score throughout the half came from a crash ball by captain Chris Lewis, which completed his hat-trick and Myles Stringers conversion gave him an excellent seven out of seven for the day.

21-3 ahead after just twelve minutes, it looked as though a cricket score was imminent; wing Max Adkins made a great start to his 1st XV career, making the most of quick ball from a 5m scrum to score in the corner, a great offload from Rich Stewart after a charge-down gave Lewis his first try and his interception of a quick Trojans throw-in gave him his second. Then on the half hour a powerful run by Nanai led to a well-taken try by Stringer and five minutes later prop Pete Wallace muscled over for try number five. Good work by flanker Danny Craven, then centre Kua Palakua yielded the half a metre Adkins needed to outpace his opposite wing and squeeze in to the corner for number six. Stringers fine conversion was a appropriate way to round off a very satisfactory first half, a half which gave no inkling of the horrors to come.

With no game next week Wimbledon have two weeks to reflect on those horrors before travelling away to Gosport & Fareham.

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