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RUGBY UNION: Grove hit back to defeat leaders
8:27pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
A depleted Grove side battled back to defeat morning leaders Windsor 30-24 in their South West 1 East clash at Cane Lane on Saturday.
Grove, who were without props Tim Lane and Martyn Walsh, plus centres Tom Clipsham and Joe Bellinger due to injury and work commitments, trailed for most of the match.
But full back Roger Sevier’s sixth penalty and scrum half Owen Gustafson’s try sealed a first victory of the season.
Scrum half Rhys Davies opened the scoring with a try for Windsor, who led 8-6 after a penalty from full back James Driscoll cancelled out two from Sevier.
Wing Harry Carr went close for Grove, while Driscoll and Sevier added a penalty apiece.
Davies’s second try, despite a despairing tackle by Dave Wells, and Driscoll’s conversion made it 18-9, but two Sevier penalties reduced the arrears either side of half-time.
Windsor led 24-15 on 65 minutes, thanks to two Driscoll penalties.
But Carr flew in for a try from centre Ben Nicholl’s pass and Sevier converted.
Sevier’s sixth penalty made it 25-24 with five minutes left before Gustafson stole the ball from a Windsor scrum and touched down.
Wallingford recovered from 15-3 down to beat Reading Abbey 16-15 in Southern Counties North at the Hithercroft.
Fly half Olli Henderson’s late penalty sealed victory for Wallingford, whose pack held sway for much of the game.
Full back Tom Waterhouse kicked Abbey ahead with a penalty, but Henderson replied in kind soon after No 8 Kris Blaszko had been held up.
Waterhouse collected his kick ahead to score a try, which he converted, while centre Pete Holton wasted a good chance.
Abbey centre Arron Ross crossed over from scrum half Steve Drake’s kick.
Blaszko barged across to begin the comeback and replacement scrum half Derrick Viljoen pounced for a try on the right.
Despite havingNo 8 Andy Gillies in the sin-bin, Wallingford clinched the spoils through Hen-derson’s penalty.
Faringdon came on strong to win 47-12 in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Championship at Kings-clere.
The visitors started in lethargic fashion, soon trailing 12-0 to two tries and a conversion.
Two Darren Clark penalties got the ball rolling and a try from Richard Pollard made it 12-11 at half-time.
Sam Dodwell scored twice in the second half, with Chris Price, Bradford Peaston, Ben Cobb and Josh Osment also going over and Clark converting three.
Abingdon beat Aldermaston 61-5 and Didcot lost 15-9 at Risborough