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Injuries tell their toll...

By Peter Upton

London Division III South West Old Georgians – 28pts –v- Warlingham 5pts

“Ben Warman competes at the lineout” pju

Warlingham travelled to the newly promoted Old Georgians with a long injury list of key players, but put up a spirited performance despite giving the home side a five league point win for conceding four tries. Georgians pinned the visitors in their own half for all but a couple of minutes in the first half, scoring a converted try and deserved the lead. Warlingham fly half, Jack Atkinson, was only able to kick Warlingham into their opposition’s half close on half time and the resulting attack was brought to a halt at the whistle.

Prop Mike Freeman, and back rowers John Fox and Matt Mardle tackled hard and all had good carries. But the Georgians defence was sound and there was no way through. The home scrum half darted through the defence and dotted down under the posts for the second converted try. Injuries to Alex Skinner (head cut) and lock Ben Warman (groin) further disrupted the Warlingham game plan but substitutes Alex Nunn and
Dylan Jay-Crage deputised with aplomb. A deft chip-ahead by the home fly half cruelly bounced awkwardly and away from the Warlingham defence and Georgians third try ensued. Warlingham’s determined pack made ground and, following several phases of pick ‘n go, the evergreen prop Nunn bustled over for an unconverted try.
However, Georgians had the last hurrah with a break away from their own half to score their fourth, bonus point, try.
After the game Director of Rugby, Nick Warren, said, “The injury list is hurting us but the younger players are stepping up and gaining good experience in their absence.”

Warlingham have only won one game out of six in 2019 but still sit at sixth in the league. They have a tricky home game on Saturday against second placed Battersea Ironsides. All supporters welcome to attend.

Other results:
Rosslyn Park XV – 28 – Warlingham II XV – 22pts
Teddington XV - 32ptys –v- Warlingham III XV – 17pts

Updated 10:09 - 17 Apr 2019 by Peter Jerrom

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