Wimbledon lose out to stylish East Grinstead

Wimbledon proved to be no match for the unbeaten high fliers of London Division One South, going down 0-22 at home to East Grinstead.

However, they can take solace from the fact they restricted a team averaging 59 points a game to 22, and in the process denied them a bonus point. 

The Wimbledon players tackled every man coming at them and, best of all, held their discipline in contrast to some other matches this season and allowed them to play the whole game with 15 players. 

For their part, East Grinstead have their game plan, which can at times be unambitious, but their 100 per cent record and 377 points from seven games speaks for itself. 

A greasy ball and pitch caused by a heavy rain shower early in the match was no help to either side’s handling and leading to numerous scrums for handling errors. 

It was also noticeable that neither side achieved dominance in the scrums and whilst Wimbledon’s attempts to disrupt the East Grinstead line-out were not often successful then they at least had the visitors thinking how to gain good possession. 

Rob Tait, Ed Lewis and Julian Callanan can take credit for this. 

Charlie Morgan tried several darts around the fringes but was not given any freedom by the Grinstead back-row. 

The long kicks by Neil Hallett also kept Grinstead away from periods of pressure close to Wimbledon’s line.

East Grinstead scored their three tries through wing Nathan Daly, lock Richard Tredgett, and centre Walter Downey - with two conversions and a penalty from outside half Scott Meakin. 

Elsewhere, Wimbledon 2nds lost 18–25 against East Grinstead 2nds.

This Saturday, Wimbledon travel to Trojans RFC near Southampton (kick off 3pm).

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