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06/09/09 - Reading (10) v London Welsh (44)

 Sunday 6th of September - Reading (10) v London Welsh (44)

It was a sunny afternoon in early September for opening match of the 2009/10 season. The pitch at Reading was yellowy green and dusty from a patch of a dry weather in an otherwise wet August.
Your correspondent turned up ten minutes late, and already the score on the non-existent scoreboard was 5-7 to the visitors. Kristy had gone over the tryline, with Bryoni converting, and then the opposition had responded with a try of their own.
The teams were playing twelve aside, with 20 minute quarters and rolling subs to ease them into the season.
The next score came off a line out. London Welsh had edged up the pitch and were within sight of the Reading Line. The ball had turned over, Reading had kicked a penalty to touch and London Welsh won it back at the lineout. Fiona took the ball, quickly passed out to Ruth who fed Beth to take it over the line.
Today, the sideline was manned by Robbo, the Coach, who in eager anticipation of the start of the season had been at the club an hour and half early to set the tone. For the first half an hour, there was plenty of sideline mutterings of ‘do not kick’,  ‘do not kick’, but Robbo swallowed his words after the next try.  Linda had kicked the ball from the halfway line, along the far touchline and followed up, retrieving the ball for Welsh. The ball made it towards the middle, and from there Bryoni hoisted it up in the air, and Robbo buried his head in his hands. The ball descended behind the posts and into Bryoni’s hands, Try!  Bryoni adding to her points tally with another conversion.
The next try came five minutes later, off a looping move finishing with Bryoni popping up to Fi, who stormed through the Reading defence from the half way line, and streaked towards the line.
Straight after the half time break, Fi and Ruth both made forays towards the Reading line, before Beth took the ball into a maul. The ball came out to Bryoni in the centre of the pitch who slipped through the Reading defence again to score by the posts.  The Reading wing countered after a missed tackle in the midfield, ran around the Welsh defence and in for a try.
Welsh were back again when Jane kicked the ball along the pitch through the line, overtook the two defence pedalling back, scooped up the ball and popped it out to Katherine. And from the 22, Katherine tore down the pitch to the tryline.  And just after the third quarter break, not to be outdone by Katherine, Jane too broke down the left wing to score, leaving the defence for dust.
The final try was similar to the earlier try from Bryoni. Ruth hoisted the ball high, chased her kick, and the opposition scrambled the collection of the ball, so Ruth stole it back and deposited it under the posts.
The final whistle had come and London Welsh had rounded off a pleasing display. They had pressured the Reading defence in midfield and used the extra space to create tries along the wings. Reading were competitive all the way, which made for a great match to watch.
Final score: 44-10
Forward of the Match: Fiona Duggan
Back of the Match: Amy Jones

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