Powerful finish earns Wymondham a late bonus

Wymondham 29, Campion 11: Wymondham consigned Campion to the bottom of the London 3NE with what turned out to be a comprehensive victory.

As has been usual this season, however, they kept their supporters on edge until the last quarter before establishing an unassailable lead.

An encouraging start saw pressure applied to the Campion defence before the visitors went ahead with a penalty.

Wymondham were dominating the set scrums and, on 20 minutes, the Campion scrum-half found himself offside and James Wyatt gratefully accepted the chance to level.

Just one minute later, Campion regained the lead when the home side were judged guilty of obstruction.


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Fijian debutant Simo was called into action in the centre in the 26th minute as a blood replacement when acting captain Barry O'Sullivan had to leave the field.

As the half was coming to an end, Wymondham suffered a piece of bad luck when they charged down a Campion kick, only for the ball to rebound to an opposition player who found himself in the clear and ran through to score. The conversion was missed to leave Campion 11-3 up at the break.

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Wymondham started the second half with renewed vigour and it was no surprise when flanker Soul Phoenix, who was prominent throughout, linked beautifully with centre Tom Wilson who finished a strong run by touching down for a try. Wyatt duly converted to leave Wymondham just one point behind at 10-11.

With 12 minutes of the half gone, Wyatt then constructed a superb individual try. With lightning quick reactions, he took a tap penalty and charged down the wing. A perfectly judged chip over the cover defence saw him touch down over the try line before gratefully accepting the extra points to put his side ahead.

Wymondham now had the bit between their teeth and, just four minutes, later muscular young No 8 David Blake caught the ball one-handed from the Campion kick and proceeded to plough through the entire Campion defence to score, with Wyatt making it 24-11.

With the game drawing to a close, the home coaches were now exhorting their side to score the extra try for a bonus point and, in a sparkling move, the backs responded by moving the ball from one side of the field to the other to give the hard working and speedy winger Alex Brugger the opportunity to break three tackles and score a try wide out on the left wing.

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