Wymondham punished for lapses in concentration
Wymondham 15, East London 25: Wymondham will reflect on this match and wonder how they allowed East London, a team languishing at the bottom of the table, to come away with a five point haul.
The fact is that they failed to score during a period of early dominance and then gradually allowed the away team to disrupt them and impose themselves on the game.
The early play saw Wymondham dominating before giving away a penalty and finding themselves 3-0 down after 10 minutes.
Five minutes later Wymondham were back on level terms when Wyatt slotted over but then, on the half-hour, an East London penalty was kicked to touch and their pack drove over from the resulting line out. The kick was converted to leave East London ahead by 10-3.
Following a scrappy period of play, with the break imminent, Wymondham handed possession to the visitors in midfield and the ball was moved smartly for a try in the corner to make the score 15-3 to the London side at half-time.
After the break lapses in concentration cost Wymondham dearly and allowed the away side to score two unconverted tries in 15 minutes as tackles were missed and defensive lapses led to overlaps.
After 25 minutes Wymondham at last pulled themselves together and began to demonstrate the skills that they have showed on occasions throughout this season. A delightful series of interchanges between Steve Simms and Alex Brugger saw a home try wide out on the right wing and then, just three minutes later, on the 38 minute mark, the backs again demonstrated their ability with newcomer Simo putting the ball down under the posts for his first senior try in Wymondham colours.
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With the score at 25-15 to East London, the Red and Blacks now began to play with confidence but, unfortunately, they had left it too late and despite home pressure East London sensibly ran down the clock by taking advantage of a series of reset scrums in midfield.
This will go down as one of the most frustrating games of the season as there were glimpses of the side that has played some sparkling rugby at times this year – but also a return to some of the more thoughtless play which must be remedied.