Bad start for Old Walcountians
1:01pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Rugby Union
Old Walcountians made the worst possible start to the 2013-14 Surrey One season when they were comprehensively beaten 53-10 by Old Wimbledonians on Saturday.
Walcountians were missing eight regular first teamers but, with 11 of the starting lineup having had regular exposure to rugby of this standard, there appeared no cause for concern.
But from the start, Walcountians were losing the forwards battle as they were driven off the ball in both the set scrums and in the loose, which denied their backs a decent share of the ball. Even when they had possession, they were closed down by a tight Wimbledonians defence and too often they failed to make the first tackle count and allowed their opponents to gain valuable ground.
Walcountians went behind after five minutes when the failure of their defence to field a Garryowen kick gifted a chance to the visitors which their fly-half finished off. He added the conversion to set up a seven-point lead.
Walcountians were 14 points down by the 16th minute when a textbook three-quarter move put the Wimbledonians right winger in for a try, and a third try in the 19th minute, scored by the Wimbledonians fly-half took their lead to 19 points.
The visitors continued to pile on the agony for Walcountians, with their fly-half banging over a penalty in the 25th minute and their inside-centre scoring their fourth try in the 29th, after Walcountians were stripped of the ball in midfield.
Walcountians were much tighter in the final 10 minutes of the first half and denied Wimbledonians any further score before the break.
Inspired by the introduction of livewire scrum-half Will Diamond in the second half, Walcountians mounted a creditable comeback in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Diamond had a hand in both Walcountians tries, the first coming in the 47th minute when he switched play to flanker Joe Henderson who held off three attempted tackles before touching down, and the second coming in the 53rd minute when he set up a three-quarter move that was finished off by winger Dharshan Vadiveli.
Any hopes that Walcountians were going to take control of the game were soon dashed as Wimbledonians found a second wind. Three more tries, in the 25th, 37th and 39th minutes, killed off Walcountians’ ressistance.
The only opportunity for Walcountians to score again came when Will Diamond broke from halfway and was looking on course for a possible try but was closed down by determined cover tackling by the visitors’ backs.
Next Saturday, Walcountians take on Battersea Ironsides at Field View, Earlsfield, in their second League match, kicking off at 3pm.