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Old Wimbledonians
Old Amplefordians
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Surrey 1 Full time

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Old Wimbledonians 37 Old Amplefordians 25

Old Wimbledonians 37 Old Amplefordians 25

The Old Boys overcame another stiff hurdle on Saturday in beating Old Amplefordians to maintain their 100% winning league record , and in the process went to the top of the league table. Despite winning the game by a clear twelve points the result could have gone the other way as the OWs were committed to desperate defence for long periods in the second half.

However , they started brightly showing attacking intent with Jason Murphy immediately jinking twenty yards into midfield and linking with skipper Rory Southgate who put Paddy Donaghy away with a half chance. However, this effort and others could not breach the solid OA defence. Nevertheless another training ground move bore fruit when newcomer Nick Hulat forced his way over the whitewash; Murphy converted and added a penalty for a visiting forward not rolling away.
Sparkling play in attack brought further first half tries for Richard O'Brien and James Howell , the latter particularly due to excellent giving and taking of passes leaving full back Howell a clear twenty yard run to the line. Murphy converted the first of these tries. The Old Amplefordians did not crumble and themselves scored a converted try and two penalty goals to reach the interval a mere six points in deficit.

Shortly into the second period Murphy slotted a penalty for a high tackle, and from a spilled pass in the OA centre the ever alert George Fairbairn kicked through and won the chase to the visitors line for Murphy to once again convert. An almost identical repeat occurred in the Amplefordian centre fifteen minutes later this time Murphy being the beneficiary of a dropped pass. On this occasion the conversion attempt was too wide out to succeed. Sadly, from this point the loss of stand-off Murphy to a hamstring pull prevented the home team from safely clearing their lines whilst enduring some resolute pressure from the visitors. In the final quarter the Amplefordians added two tries. They converted one of them and generally had their best period of the game. However, the Old Boys jittery defence hung on and ran out deserving victors.

Joe Bell had one of his best games in OW colours his lineout work being dominant whilst it was cheering to welcome back George Fairbairn and James Howell. The introduction of Kevin Monsengo added speed and power to an already strong back row.

E G Bell

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chipstead 3 9
2. Old Whitgiftian 3 8
3. Old Wimbledonians 3 8
4. Old Blues 2 8
5. Old Georgians 3 8
6. Law Society 3 6
7. Old Amplefordians 3 5

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