Wymondham light up dull day with win

Wymondham 22, Campion 10

RUGBY: ON a grey, dank day at Tuttles Lane and just over two months since their previous win Wymondham recorded only their second victory of the season.

However, like the pitch, Wymondham made heavy going of it for the most part, but in the end the winning margin was comfortable.

The Red and Blacks, however, will be disappointed with the failure to grab a fourth try and the bonus point that goes with it.

Making a promising start, Wymondham got on the score sheet in the 10th minute when Alex Brugger, relishing in his new role as full-back, sprinted through to touch down and James Wyatt had a simple conversion chance.

The score was a wake-up call for Campion and they eased themselves into the match, putting pressure on the Wymondham defence earning a penalty that thankfully went wide.

Wymondham though could not clear their half and from the restart Campion mounted a sustained attack. And when a clearance attempt by Wymondham failed to find touch the visitors capitalised, scoring a try that went unconverted.

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The game then became very frenetic as both sides threw any game plan out of the window and each side was living off each other's mistakes with little constructive rugby being played.

The second half began as the first had ended with play continuing to be scrappy, Wyatt stretched the lead with a penalty then Campion brought score level with their second try and the spectators' nerves were now being stretched to the limit.

It needed some luck and a spot of brilliance from someone to light up the game. Teenager Wyatt was the lad to do it, straight from the training manual of Norfolk's Ben Youngs.

A cheeky chip over the top fooled the Campion fullback together with the chasing Pena Sokia, but the wicked bounce proved a gem for Wyatt who went over for a lucky try.

Next, Wyatt dazzled Campion and the crowd scoring a terrific solo try from the halfway. A quick tapped penalty caught Campion napping and the fleet-footed scrum-half stepped through the defence and rounded the full-back, his conversion then moved his day's tally up to fourteen.

Try as they might, Wymondham failed to get the fourth score despite dominating most areas of the game.

Though Campion did squeeze over the line in the corner in what looked to be a certain try but for the brave efforts of Fijian Sokia who made a desperate try-saving tackle.

As the game drew to a close Wymondham mounted an attack that began in their own 22 as a maul and ended 45 metres later when Campion were finally able to bring it down albeit illegally. Then referee Ed Williamson reversed the penalty following a bit of back-chat, allowing Campion to recover.

Wymondham ended the game with just 14 after replacement Chris Brown was shown a yellow card for failing to roll away at the tackle area. The home side held out for a welcome win to close the gap on teams above but they remain at the foot of the table.

Team: Brugger, Lowe, Simms, O'Sullivan, Gover, Loveridge, Wyatt (Payne), Greenwell, Forton (Riches), Blake, Nelson (captain), Phoenix (Brown), Rout, Howlett, Sokia.