Amplefordians are near the top of the league and they showed their quality with a powerful clinical display with few handling errors. Effingham and Leatherhead showed massive fight and heart but errors at crucial times saw the home side captilise on numerous occasions to sweep down the other end to score.
Effingham started very brightly with centres Charlie Blunt and Louis Kasapian punching holes in the opposition defence and scrum half Jo Blunt taking good options. A scrum five metres out saw number 8 James Kelly drive for the line and the ball was recycled quickly where Matt Manning made a half break and Kasapian picked a lovely line to score close to the posts. Jo Blunt kicked the conversion to take an early lead. Effingham kept the pressure on as the home side gave numerous penalties away but indifferent defence let Amplefordians escape from their own half and a couple of miss tackles resuted in the winger scoring up the left hand side. The home side then really woke up and the forwards hit their straps with their off loading game bearing fruit. Time and again they were able to break the first tackle and then off load and once in behind the defence they managed to score a further 3 tries by half time to make the score 26 – 10.
The Effingham defensive effort began to takes its toll and soon their subs were on. A further score by the home side to take them out in to a 33 – 10 lead could have seen the Effingham players heads drop but they showed massive resilience to again take the fight to the opposition. They pressed hard through breaks by Kasapian and then flanker George Stuttard broke through and was hauled down a metre from the line. The ball was recycled and AJ Manning plunged over for an excellent score. Further Ampledfordian scores took them out to a 57 – 15 victory
|06/11/2021||2:30 pm||Surrey 1||2021-2022||80'|
|Old Amplefordians 1XV||5||57||Win|
|Eagles Senior 1XV||2||15||Loss|
|Tennyson Avenue, West Barnes, London Borough of Merton, London, Wimbledon, Greater London, England, KT3, United Kingdom|