RFU Junior Vase: Wymondham 25, Maldon 19

Steve Simms conjures up a late try to steer Wymondham to a dramatic 25-19 victory over Maldon in the RFU Junior Vase. Steve Simms conjures up a late try to steer Wymondham to a dramatic 25-19 victory over Maldon in the RFU Junior Vase.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
6:15 PM

As seems usual with Vase games, both sides had to mix and match to make up their teams and Wymondham started with four hookers in the squad, along with four colts and a centre whose last first team match was three years ago.

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The hosts were straight on to the attack and from a maul Chris Brown scored a good try which was unconverted.

Maldon then picked up a series of yellow cards, including one for dissent, and for two minutes they only had 12 players on the pitch.

They tried to keep the ball in their forwards to eat up the clock but a good charge again by Brown was set up for Nick Ferns and then Steve Simms to work Harry Anderson-Brown over in the corner for a try which was well converted by James Wyatt to make it 12-0 at the break.

Maldon were still two men short at the start of the second half and Wymondham stretched their advantage with a Wyatt penalty.

Once back up to 15 the visitors pressed and their No 10 scored a try before they added another forwards’ try, both of which were converted, to bring the score back to 15-14.

Wyatt converted a penalty to move the hosts four points ahead but an excellent try from Maldon’s scrum half, which went unconverted, put the visitors ahead for the first time.

At last the ball was now being used by the Wymondham backs and Simms ghosted in for a try in the last few minutes, which was converted by Wyatt, to save Wymondham blushes and make the score at the final whistle 25-19.

It was the second week on the trot that Wymondham’s winning streak had been saved right at the death.

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