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Wheatley 1st XV - Match centre

Wheatley
Didcot
J Hook
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Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier Full time Attendance 150

Wheatley lack Bite as Didcot take the victory

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Didcot ran out 17-5 winners in the first match of 2019 with Wheatley unable to break down the Didcot defence

Wheatley were unchanged for the first time this campaign but despite putting several phases of play together Wheatley were lacking a little killer instinct to get point on the board.

Wheatley were under the cosh from the outset with Didcot able to cross the line from close quarters but missing the conversion. The pressure remained constant with Wheatley happy to soak up the waves of attack but to often giving up possession, the scoreline remained 0-5 for much of the half before Wheatley were able to find space to run, Jordan Hook was on the end of a terrific pay with the ball flowing between forwards and backs, Didcot were unable to live with this pace with the ball eventually packing its way to Jordan Hook to dot down in the corner. conversion missed 5-5.

The remaining couple of minutes of the half Wheatley rode out the storm and went into the break full of confidence, Wheatley were dealt a harsh blow early in the second with Sanda Mpanza harshly yellow carded for competing in the air for the ball.

With Wheatley down to 14 men they were dealt a further blow with Scrum Half Hugo Stanford Tuck forced from the field with an injury meaning a re-shuffled backline with Tom Heydon handed his debut in the centre.

Wheatley held out despite Didcots numerical advantaged but on the 60 min mark the visitors did breach the purple wall adding a converted try.

Wheatley were then forced into further changes with Alex Gabbidon and Dan Rule enforced changes and Simon Chadbone and Michale Ridge now engaged in battle.

Wheatley kept Didcot at bay with some robust defending but despite some great line breaks from Joe Taylor and Jordan Hook Wheatley couldn't a mass further points. Didcot did manage to squeeze over for a try despite several infringements going unseen.

Final score 5-17

Wheatley can take heart from the amount of defending and tackles that accumulated but will feel disappointed that we couldn't amass more points and this was a game we could have won.

A big week in front of us with an away trip to Drifters coming up.

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James Neal

Player of the Match

James Neal

Key moments

4:47
Try Try for Didcot
28:48
Try Jordan Hook scores for Wheatley
40:04
Try Try for Didcot
60:48
Try Try for Didcot
61:27
Conversion Conversion for Didcot

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Wheatley vs Didcot Home Jan 2019
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Wheatley vs Didcot
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
James Neal is awarded player of the match for Wheatley
73:00 Sub Off
Alex Gabbidon is substituted off for Wheatley
73:00 Sub On
Michael Ridge is substituted on for Wheatley
62:02 Sub Off
Dan Rule is substituted off for Wheatley
62:00 Sub On
Simon Chadbone is substituted on for Wheatley
61:27 Conversion 5 - 17
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60:48 Try 5 - 15
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60:00 Sub On
Tom Heydon is substituted on for Wheatley
60:00 Sub Off
Hugo Stanford-Tuck is substituted off for Wheatley
40:34 Yellow Card
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40:04 Try 5 - 10
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End of period 1
28:48 Try 5 - 5
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4:47 Try 0 - 5
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As it happened

  • Wheatley
  • Didcot
  • 0
  • Try 4:47'
  • Jordan Hook Try 28:48'
  • Try 40:04'
  • Sanda Mpanza Yellow Card 40:34'
  • Tom Heydon Sub On 60:00'
  • Hugo Stanford-Tuck Sub Off 60:00'
  • Try 60:48'
  • Conversion 61:27'
  • Simon Chadbone Sub On 62:00'
  • Dan Rule Sub Off 62:02'
  • Alex Gabbidon Sub Off 73:00'
  • Michael Ridge Sub On 73:00'

Team selection

Hook, Jordan Hook, Jordan
Taylor, Joe Taylor, Joe
Mpanza, Sanda Mpanza, Sanda
Butler, Toby Butler, Toby
Rule, Dan Rule, Dan
Laman, Aaron Laman, Aaron
Stanford-Tuck, Hugo Stanford-Tuck, Hugo
Neal, James Neal, James
Bland, Dan Bland, Dan
Bailey, Spencer Bailey, Spencer
Brook, Sean Brook, Sean
Smith, Jack Smith, Jack
Rees, Ezra Rees, Ezra
Mitchell, Peter Mitchell, Peter
Gabbidon, Alex Gabbidon, Alex

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chesham 16 71
2. Didcot 17 63
3. Oxford 17 56
4. Milton Keynes 17 55
5. Tadley 17 54
6. Gosford All Blacks 16 49
7. Wheatley 18 41

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