Bracknell RFC prove too strong for ReadingBy Ted Goodhew
February 20, 2013
Bracknell 35 - Reading 10
Three tries in the last eight minutes gave South West 1 East leaders Bracknell a comfortable win, but for the first hour Reading gave their opponents a real battle.
Flanker George Milligan opened the scoring, after Reading’s Mark Roca was sin-binned and Bracknell increased their lead when hooker Stuart Silvester scored the first of two tries following a catch and drive at a lineout.
But Reading fly-half Andrew Tweedie took advantage of a quick throw by Alex Dorliac and made a great deal of ground following up his own kick, before touching down under the posts and converting.
Trailing 13-10, Tweedie also having sent over a penalty, Reading were very much in the game.
But after Steve King was sinbinned for two obvious off-side offences, Bracknell winger Stuart MacKay took advantage of some rare fragile tackling to touch down.
Silvester added his second try before rival hooker King returned, then Bracknell took advantage of a tiring Reading defence to add two late tries.
Reading coach Paul Gaster will have been pleased with the way young prop Stephen Orwin coped against a strong front five as well as the efforts of unsung heroes Ashley Chapman, Charlie Davies, Seb Jones, Mark Roca, Jordan Gomez and Adam Veale.
Also pleasing was the return to action of Chris Horn after a long spell out injured.
Others to impress were winger Chris Greig, full-back Olly Johnson and scrum-half Richard Lester with his decision-making and passing.
READING: Olly Johnson; Jordan Gomez, Alex Dorliac, Mark Roca, Chris Greig; Andrew Tweedie, Richard Lester; Richard Pryor, Steve King, Stephen Orwin, Ashley Chapman, Sean Kenneally, Charlie Davies, Sebastain Jones, Adam Veale Subs: Andrew Grierson, Chris Horn, Adam Veale.