Wimbledon go top of London & SE Premier League with big win over Sevenoaks

Wimbledon made it three try-bonus wins out of three with an emphatic 50-19 victory over Sevenoaks to go ahead of Rochford Hundred on points difference at the top of the London & SE Premier League.

The forwards and backs scored four tries apiece, with number 10 Steve Boatman converting five of them, most from close to touch. Apart from a few wrong options when a try looked certain it was a fine team performance.

Dons dominated the first 25 minutes, with control at the set scrum and the lineout, where hooker Dave Wayman’s throwing in, principally to flanker Kane Alboni, worked well. A steal by Alboni lead to Dons’ first try through a strong driving maul and a touch down by prop Abu Abdul.

A neat kick ahead by scrum-half Blane Wilson was gathered by wing Alex Kane who outpaced the defence to score in the corner, and the conversion made it 14-0.

The referee gave Abubakary Abdul a yellow card and deemed it worthy of a penalty try after he prevented a Sevenoaks try by knocking the ball dead.

Wimbledon came straight back with another try by Kane, this time after a flowing backs move and a lovely final pass from flanker Kain Rix. Five minutes later the score became 26-7 after a great run by wing Ollie Kitto from his own 22 put centre Paul Hendry in at the corner.

Another powerful drive by the pack from a five-metre lineout gave ever-present lock Alex Campbell a try, Boatman’s conversion bringing up the half-time score of 33-19.

Wimbledon opened the second half just as brightly with Kane almost immediately getting his hat-trick after a penetrating 50-metre break by Hendry saw the ball pass through a dozen pair of hands.
Sevenoaks narrowed the deficit to 38-19 but the Dons scored again in the last quarter as the pack drove over once more from a five-metre lineout following a superb Boatman kick, Campbell emerging with his second try.

There was one more, just before full time, with prop Jordan Saunders grounding the ball. Boatman’s conversion brought up the half century.

Wimbledon travel to Tring on Saturday.

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