Dons dominate in scrum to push Wells to defeat

Dons dominate in scrum to push Wells to defeat
Tunbridge Wells rugby

Tunbridge Wells 10 Wimbledon 40

This was a rearranged game that had been postponed earlier in the season – and it had to be  switched to Bennett Memorial School’s artificial surface after a pitch inspection at St Mark’s.

Wells’ cause was not helped when in-form wing Max Hobbs was injured after just three minutes.

The Dons scored first on 13 minutes when an electric break from scrum-half Ben Newman saw centre Jack Reville go in under the posts and James Moffat converted.

The away team went a man down two minutes later as No 8 Chris York was yellow-carded for an offence on the floor.

Wells enjoyed plentiful possession, and on 24 minutes the improbable figure of hooker Stuart Nicholls popped up on the right wing to score an unconverted try.

Wells continued to attack, and Matt Spicer was adjudged to have been held up in the tackle over the Dons’ line on 43 minutes.

They managed to send the ball wide again on the right to Eddie Croft, who went over for an unconverted try – and Wells led 10-7 by half-time.

Wimbledon regained the lead on 44 minutes as Reville scored his second try after a switch in midfield, with Moffatt adding the extras.

Wells could retain little possession as they conceded a number of scrum penalties. On 50 minutes flanker Kane Albani broke up the middle and fed Jack Cooke for an unconverted try.

The Dons then squeezed the life out of the home side. Full-back Blane Wilson went through the middle and under the posts for the full seven points on 62 minutes.

Dons’ effective hooker Ugo Ogodulunwa scored two minutes from the end and Kane Alboni added another in injury time, Moffatt slotting his fifth conversion.

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