Reading 45 Wallingford 12By Steve Williams
April 22, 2009
Reading claimed their promotion play-off place against Newton Abbott, but a 60th-minute red card for flanker Dan Phillips (pictured) partly spoilt their day.
Phillips’ dismissal came when Reading were leading 45-5
He tackled an opponent hard, the referee decided it was dangerous and sent him off.
Reading are likely to appeal against the decision.
To add to their problems, prop Richard Pryor was taken to hospital after aggravating a neck injury that had recently side-lined him for a month.
All this rather overshadowed what had been a good Reading performance.
Reading scored their first try after five minutes, with No. 8 Scott Heirene touching down from a five- metre scrum. Fly-half Rob Sweeney converted, as he did an identical Heirene try after 22 minutes.
A try from long-range from Alex Dorliac five minutes later put the home side 19-0 ahead.
Wallingford replied with a well-worked try for winger Ralph Smith before three tries either side of half time then put Reading out of sight.
First, Kam Vuadreu grabbed a misplaced Wallingford kick to set up a move that Sweeney finished off.
Then Sean Lynch scored a brace, one after a tap penalty and the other after a move from a five-metre scrum. Sweeney converted two of them.
When Andy Grierson touched down a converted try after 56 minutes Reading were cruising at 45-5.
Then came the red card and the game descended into a scrappy affair.
The visitors provided the last scorer, Richard Turner scoring a try converted by Jackson Sayce.
Reading will play Newton Abbott at Holme Park next Saturday to decide who will be promoted to South West 1.
Reading Abbey 27
High Wycombe 15
Abbey produced one of their best performances of the season, but because they fielded three unregistered players they had to forfeit the South West Division 2 East points
As coach Glenn Hunt said: “We could have been cloak and dagger about it, but we want to be honest and I was really proud of the way the boys played.
“We just went out and said, ‘right let's see what we can do.’
“We knew we wouldn’t get any points deducted as we had told the league we were going to play (unregistered players).”
Teenage wing Christophe Bart got Abbey off the mark when he touched down unopposed under the posts. Steve Drake converted.
Toby Radford, having earlier spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin, opened Wycombe’s account just before half-time with a penalty.
Abbey started the second half brightly with a try, again spearheaded by a Bart run. He was brought to ground, but the ball was recycled and fly-half Adam Hurst and centre Tom Burns combined to send Hunt in for a brilliant touchdown. Drake missed the conversion.
Centre Arron Ross and Hunt both made impressive breaks before Hurst kicked through cleverly for Bart to win the chase to score his second try.
The wind foiled Drake’s conversion kick, but Abbey led 17-3 after 10 minutes of the half.
A Drake penalty stretched it to 20-3, but with both Willis and Hallett going to the bin together shortly afterwards, Wycs wing Kai McFarlane took advantage to run in their first try.
They added a second from Murray with five minutes to go to get within five points, but Abbey sealed the match in injury time when Ross zipped in under the posts to give Drake a simple conversion.
Gensians led until two minutes from time when Bournemouth’s ace marksman Sam Hardcastle banged over the equalising penalty.
The repercussions of Gensians efforts were soon being toasted in the Bracknell clubhouse as it handed the Lily Hill men the chance of a return to the National League with a play-off match against South West 1 West champions Taunton.
The result could have been even better, as Gensians led 29-8 until the home side mounted a late comeback.
Gensians opened their account after 10 minutes with a combination of Jez Flynn, Seb Reynolds and Rob Stapley sending full-back Warren Abrahams screaming over and for Spike Chandler to add the extras.
Although Bournemouth replied within minutes when wing Anthony Dunkeley touched down, Gensians went 14-7 up after a fine run from centre Pete Freeth saw him carve up the home defence for Chandler to again slot the two points.
A penalty reduced the arrears, but Gensians went in 19-8 up at the break after the front-row had destroyed their opposite numbers at a scrum close to the home line and Stapley smashed his way over.
Leading 19-8 at the break, Gensians made it 24-8 from the restart when Abrahams and Tom Allen sent Will Mathews over.
Gavin Marsh set-up Freeth for his second touchdown on 55 minutes, only for Hardcastle to pierce Gensians’ defence from the restart and cut the deficit to 15-32.
Chandler kicked his only penalty of the match on the hour before the home side narrowed the gap when Pope went over for a converted try.
Another scrum from Gensians saw Martin Oakley pile over with Chandler converting to stretch the lead to 39-22 before a late Bournemouth surge.
Rye Buffrey and Dominic Davies both scored before Hardcastle’s equalising penalty.