Rams bounce back as they lead Wild Geese chase

Redin­gen­sians Rams 44 Lon­don Ir­ish Wild Geese 16

The Wokingham Paper - - RUGBY -

REDIN­GEN­SIANS ran in six tries to bounce straight back from the dis­ap­point­ing col­lapse at Hen­ley on the open­ing day.

The Rams were 24-10 ahead last week­end, only to lose 28-24.

But it was a fine sec­ond half dis­play this time around which clinched a con­vinc­ing win over Lon­don Ir­ish Wild Geese.

A penalty try set the hosts on their way and Andy Berry crossed just be­fore the break.

Ir­ish pulled the score back to 1513 dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod, but a swash­buck­ling late dis­play yielded an­other penalty try as well as scores from Tom Vooght and Greg Illing­worth be­fore the try of the game late on from Joe Duf­fe­len in the 44-16 suc­cess.

It was a dom­i­nant for­ward dis­play which proved too much for the Wild Geese at­tack. De­spite fly-half Peter Hodgkinson kick­ing over all 16 of his side’s points, the vis­i­tors were over­whelmed by a pow­er­ful Rams pack.

And new for­ward coach Owen Root was pleased with what he saw.

“We knew that our eight are ca­pa­ble of this type of per­for­mance,” he said.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see the guys bounce back from a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond half at Hen­ley last week.”

Next up for Redin­gen­sians is a trip to un­beaten Wor­thing Raiders on Satur­day.

“We man­aged to do the dou­ble against them last year,” re­called di­rec­tor of rugby Gary Reynolds.

“But they have got off to a great start to put them­selves at the top of the ta­ble so we know this will be a very tough fix­ture.

“But our new coach­ing team have done a great job pre-sea­son and the players have re­sponded well and put on a ter­rific show for the home crowd on Satur­day.

“There is a long way to go and Na­tional II is a hard league with some great teams in it.

“How­ever, I think our boys have shown that they can be very com­pet­i­tive at this level.”

REDIN­GEN­SIANS: Fox­ley, Rossiter, Bryant, Souter, Sun­ley, Hum­ber­stone, Illing­worth, Stead­man, Hen­der­son, Berry, Taylor, Thomp­son, El­laboudy, Vooght, Sta­p­ley.

Reps: Drew, Baker, Mor­ri­son, Duf­fe­len, Cole.

n CROWTHORNE had been due to kick off their Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier cam­paign against Tadley, but had to for­feit the game as they were un­able to raise a side.

Pic­ture: S2S Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tom Vooght holds off for­mer Ram Chico U’Chong to score

Pic­ture: S2S Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tom Hum­ber­stone made his Redin­gen­sians de­but

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