Seven-up Wimbledon whip Chobham much to Nick Easter’s delight

Wimbledon 51–14 Chobham

Wimbledon head coach Nick Easter praised his side as they ran in seven tries against Chobham on Saturday.

Skipper Neil Hallett kicked 16 points and bagged a last-minute try, with Steve May, Max Adkins, Bryan Croke, Pete Wallace, Charlie Morgan and substitute James McCann also touching down.

The bonus-point win keeps Wimbledon in second place in London One South, three points behind Sidcup.

Easter, the Harlequins and ex-England flanker, joined the club in the summer and has been delighted with the progress they have already made.

He said: “I came in and they were sort of fifth or sixth the last few years and I said, ‘Look, you’ve got a vision of where you want to take the club and I’ve got a vision of how I want the players to play’ and at the moment they’re coming on nicely in that area.

“To a man they worked their socks off, in both attack and defence.”

Wimbledon went behind to a 14th minute fleet-footed Joshua Devitt try, which was a fitting reward for the visitors’ bright opening.

Wimbledon’s obdurate tackling kept the score at 7-0 before Hallett kicked their first points.

A deluge of tries then swamped Chobham with Chris Lewis feeding back-row partner May to score in the corner.

Adkins then collected Croke’s clever kick to grab Dons’ second try and make the score 13-7.

Gary Crowe’s mighty line-out catch provided the platform for Ti Pairama-Lewington to angle a pass to Croke for the third.

And on the stroke of half-time Wallace’s try put Wimbledon out of sight.

“It’s the first time we’ve actually been able to put a performance together for the whole 80 minutes.”

McCann heaped salt in Chobham’s wounds after the break, burrowing through before Hallett’s conversion made it 35-7.

With Lewis and Jamie Evans yellow-carded following an altercation, Chobham scored with a Harry Guy try.

But Morgan sneaked over the line before Hallett sealed a fine performance, feinting inside for a try then converting with the game’s last kick.

“That’s certainly the best we’ve played all season,” said the Wimbledon captain.

“It’s the first time we’ve actually been able to put a performance together for the whole 80 minutes.”

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