LONDON AND SOUTH EAST JUNIOR VASE
MICHAEL Weymouth emerged as the hero as Uxbridge snatched a dramatic win on Saturday.
The fly half showed nerves of steel to slot a winning penalty deep into extra-time to settle a see-saw cup tie.
The Herts/Middlesex Two outfit would have lost the game had the scores remained level, having scored fewer tries. However, according to club spokesman Gareth Nicholls, the winning kick was not the most unbearable moment in those nerve-jangling closing minutes.
“The tensest part was the kick-off immediately after we had got the penalty to go ahead, because you don’t want a fumble or a knock on to put you in trouble deep in your own territory.
“So it was a massive relief when Matt Jackson, our scrum half, caught it and returned a kick from our 22 to theirs. It meant we could contest the lineout and force them to run from their 22, something we were quite happy to try to defend,” said Nicholls.
The kick ended a fluctuating contest in which Weymouth had got the opening score, racing over the line for a try, though he was unable to convert.
Kingston were down to 14 men at this point but when back to their full complement, they struck back with a try of their own, also unconverted.
Full back Luke Matthews restored the five-point advantage with the game’s third try, only for the south-west Londoners to level matters once more with their second try before the break.
An early try after the restart put Kingston in the lead for the first time, but Weymouth cut that advantage to two points with the first successful penalty of the afternoon.
Flanker Michael Dijwoski then barged over from close range to restore Uxbridge’s lead, and Weymouth’s conversion put them a try in front once more.
But Kingston ensured an extra half-hour would be needed by scoring their fourth try 15 minutes from time.
Having scored one try fewer than their Surrey One rivals, the onus was on Uxbridge to score, but the first 15 minutes passed with defences dominant. The second 15 slowly ticked away, but Uxbridge cranked up the pressure and forced the winning penalty with just six minutes remaining.