Rugby union: Dons drop to third as Stags buck up to cause surprise result 

Wimbledon have dropped to third in London & SE Division Premier after a 20-13 loss to mid-table CS Stags 1863 last weekend.

The Chiswick-based club deserved their 20-13 victory over the Dons simply because they made so much better use of their possession – most of which Wimbledon gave to them.

Wimbledon really should have won. Their set scrum was in charge from the start, their lineout was flawless and their driving mauls made yards.

The crash ball worked well too, with the back row of Rich Ridley, Joe Dale and Chris York – plus lock Rob Louw – punching holes in the Stags’ defence.

But it became too predictable and the strategy was then seemingly to kick deep into Stags territory.

Rob Louw wins another clean lineout.
And as they were to prove later in the game, this played right into the hosts’ hands and allowed them to demonstrate what a good counter-attacking side they are.

Despite being on top for much of the first half, all Dons had to show for their efforts was a single Freddie Hooper penalty.

They extended their lead to 0-10 15 minutes into the second half with a well-deserved penalty try by the pack.

Stags’ Tom Hodgson and Hooper exchanged penalties to make it 3-13.

Wimbledon conceded a soft try in the corner after unusually being driven back in a maul, and Stags’ back line then took control for the final 10 minutes, spreading the ball wide from wing to wing, creating good tries for centre Pollen and wing Houston, the first of them converted.

This defeat, even with the one point losing bonus, puts them two points behind new leaders Sutton & Epsom.

They are at home tomorrow to second-placed Westcliff.

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