Wimbledon's 12-try win keeps them in touch with the leading pack

On the scoresheet: Wimbledon's Peter Scott contributed two tries to the demolition of Old Colfeians BT72886

Hat-trick man: Leon Driscoll grabbed three five-points scores

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Chris Lewis grabbed four tries and Leon Driscoll helped himself to a hat-trick as Wimbledon demolished bottom-of-the-table Old Colfeians with a 12-try victory.

Pete Scott (two), Joey Nanai, Myles Stringer and Luke Redfern also got on the scoresheet - while Neil Hallett (eight conversions) and Driscoll (one) completed the 78-3 mauling.

The win keeps alive Wimbledon's slim hopes of promotion from London Division One South - they lie in fourth spot, 23 points off the leaders East Grinstead, who they face this weekend.

The Dons pack, despite being its lightest all season, produced ample good ball for their free-running backs who had a field day - even after the early loss through injury of influential centre Dan Brown.

Bizarrely, Dons had to come from behind after OC’s got on to the scoreboard first, courtesy of a well-struck penalty by centre Alex Smith.

Dons’ backs were supplemented throughout the game by their powerful back row of skipper Lewis, Danny Craven and Ollie Rupar, the latter combining well with Brown and Driscoll to create the first try for the winger.

The other wing, Pete Scott, got try number two after breaking clear on his 10m line and outpacing the entire defence - Driscoll added the conversion.

Further tries looked imminent after breaks by Lewis and centre Kua Palakua but good defence by OC’s back row kept them out until the last 10 minutes of the half, which yielded three good tries, all converted by stand-off  Hallett.

First Rupar and Lewis combined to put prop Nanai over the line.

Then Lewis himself scored after good work by Palakua and Tommy Moore.

Finally, full back Stringer pounced on a Hallett chargedown to bring the half time score to 33-3.

There were 10 minutes of sustained Wimbledon pressure after the re-start before a  pushover try from a 5m scrum touched down by that man Lewis brought try number six.

The seventh came from a strong run by Luke Redfern and the eighth from Lewis again after breaking three tackles - he scored yet again moments later to round off a flowing backs move.

The last five minutes produced three more tries for Wimbledon: another two for Driscoll – the first coming from a particularly strong run from half way – and a second for Scott, again showing his electric pace.

Hallett rounded off another complete performance by converting all but two of the second half tries.

 

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7:08pm Mon 4 Feb 13

John Woods says...

Another great performance by WRFC. Maybe they'll even get a write up in the paper itself for a change.
Another great performance by WRFC. Maybe they'll even get a write up in the paper itself for a change. John Woods
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