Rugby: Wimbledon score six tries in 42-5 win over Sutton & Epsom

It looks a matter of when, not if, Wimbledon seal promotion from Regional 1 South Central after a 42-5 win at bottom club Sutton & Epsom last weekend.

The Dons ran in six tries – all well converted by stand-off Ed Morgan – against the home team’s one.

Wimbledon’s handling uncharacteristically let them down on several occasions and for reasons unknown they frequently kicked away possession rather than sticking to their successful strategy of running everything.

It took just two minutes for Wimbledon to open the scoring through centre Paul Hendry who, having looped round behind his backline to the wing, was clear to run in unopposed.

He scored again just moments later after the forwards turned over S&E inside their 22.

Despite the game being played almost entirely in S&E’s half and Wimbledon’s pack dominating their opposition, it was a further 15 minutes before try number three.

Captain Jack Cooke pulled off a great turnover, the ball went quickly to wing Ollie Kitto in midfield and he jinked his way through half the home team to score in typical style.

From the restart S&E got deep into Dons’ half for the first time, won their lineout and bundled over for their try.

Hendry raced in for his third try in the second half. That seemed to spur the Dons on again and with some lovely bulldozing runs by the forwards – Mark Scott and Bradley Ugodulunwa in particular – the pressure was all on S&E for the remainder of the game and produced two more lovely tries.

Quick ruck ball by scrum-half Rhys Morgan went to Hendry, who broke through a gap and passed to the supporting replacement wing Tim Ridler who scored under the posts.

Finally full-back Ally Duddell sprinted in to score after nice interplay between forwards and backs.

Wimbledon are at home to Bracknell tomorrow, after which they have just two games of the season remaining.

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