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Basingstoke really wanted this win, to help secure a 2nd-place play-off for National League 3 – and it showed. Whatever Wimbledon did would not have affected their 4th place and their resulting lack of motivation showed too. The 7-1 try count didn’t really reflect the game, any more than Wimbledon’s performance reflected their season; an intercept try and a lucky bounce gave Basingstoke a few more points than they probably deserved. But there was no doubt which was the better side on the day; Basingstoke’s big pack bullied their visitors, scoring one pushover and one penalty try, and ensured the bulk of possession for their team.

Despite the unceasing efforts of captain Chris Lewis and a typically powerful try-scoring run from prop Pete Wallace (converted by Neil Hallett), Wimbledon seemed to lack commitment, falling off tackles and allowing Basingstoke to maintain their momentum. Three yellow cards didn’t help either.

Dons must accept that if they are to compete for promotion next season, they must continually achieve the standard set by their opposition last Saturday. They’ll have the opportunity next week to show again what they’re capable of when Haywards Heath come to Wimbledon for the final league game of the season. They will have to do without the excellent services of Jonno Reynolds who played his last game for the club, while centre Kua Palakua has just one more opportunity to display again his superb attacking and tackling skills before he too moves on.

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