Rugby union: Wimbledon react to half-time blast to defeat Bedford Athletic

Wimbledon were 40-31 winners at Bedford Athletic in the London & SE Premier on Saturday – but trailed 21-12 at half-time.

It had started to look like a walk in the park for them when slick work from number 10 Steve Boatman, wing Ollie Kitto, and centre Finn Taylor produced a good try after just six minutes, well converted by Boatman. They quickly got a second try when Kitto outpaced the defence to score out wide to make it 3-12.

Wimbledon didn’t help themselves as they slipped off tackles and ended up in a clear deficit by the break.

A half-time rollocking from coach Collin Osborne clearly had an effect and hooker Josh Forrester finished off a well-organised attack to score Wimbledon’s third try.

Two penalty conversions by Boatman narrowed the deficit to 24-23, and full-back Freddie Hooper capitalised on another good lineout and drive to score in the corner as the game entered the final quarter with Boatman adding the two points. He got two more moments later when lock Alex Campbell touched down from a powerful driving maul. Dons were now dominating the set scrum and Boatman’s penalty took them to 40 points.

Wimbledon banked five points and are at home to Sidcup tomorrow.

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