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Your News Wimbledon 23 - Chichester 24

Wimbledons players and supporters alike were not quite sure how they lost this excellent game of rugby, having looked by far the better side for 60 minutes, only to let Chichester back in for the final quarter.

A couple of key moments really decided the issue: First, Dons failure to control a Chichester re-start, when theyd just gone ahead after thirty minutes, which led to a soft try by Chichesters no.10 (whose name his coach, for some reason, refused to divulge). Second, the loss of their own scrum close to their line with just four minutes remaining, and which two phases later resulted in the visitors lock going over for a 7 point try and the lead for the only time in the game.

Wimbledons powerful driving mauls yielded a first successful penalty conversion by no.10 Neil Hallett after only four minutes. His inch-perfect chip through ten minutes later, was scooped up by centre Tommy Moore who ran in for a good try; The conversion was a formality for Hallett.

Chichester made their first serious incursion into Dons half after 25 minutes which was rewarded with a try produced by their forwards powerful drive from a 10m lineout. Dons came straight back with some great pick and drive play from the whole pack, from which slick handling gave lock Olly Fulljames the chance to power over for their second try, again converted by Hallett. Then came the shoddy piece of play from Dons and Chichester were somehow back in the hunt at just 17-12 down. Hallett increased his teams lead by three points with a fine long range conversion on the stroke of half time, and then three more a few minutes into the second half.

Moments later prop Pete Wallace was mysteriously yellow-carded and the Chichester pack took full advantage of the disruption it caused to drive over for their third try. The conversion brought the visitors to within six points of Wimbledons 23. It looked enough for a home victory, particularly as the forwards continued to dominate in the loose for the next ten minutes. But Chichester, desperate for points to help towards a league play-off, came back strongly to camp in Dons 22 for several minutes before the fateful Wimbledon scrum and the killer seven points with three minutes remaining.

Even the losing bonus wont help Wimbledon towards a play-off place, but theyll want to secure the current fourth place with good wins in their remaining four league games. Next week they take on Guildford away in the Surrey Cup.

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