Reading quickly applied the pressure to Windsor, who conceded a penalty within the first 5 minutes to put Reading 3 up almost instantly. Max Henderson then scored Reading’s only try of the first half showing great strength to get over the line in the centre of the maul while playing at 10. A dogged fight back in the second 15 minutes saw Windsor bring the halftime score to 7-9.
In the second half, Alex Caballero scored in the corner following a good break from Tom Stevens and good handling from Toby Deans. After a Windsor comeback, which put them in the lead, the win was grasped by an excellent solo try from Tomi Amole who spotted the gap 15 meters from the line, before stepping the last man to get over and ground the ball.
The match saw 5 people make their 1st team debut and they were Minh Bradshaw, who was an engine at flanker, Zalan Rozgonyi, Joe Holland, Ed Denman, who was given man of the match for solidity in defence, and Matt Rudd, who made some excellent try saving tackles to keep Reading in the game.
Other notable performances came from Alex Caballero who ran hard throughout the game and Tom Stevens who made a significant impact coming off the bench.
Overall a good result for Reading, who were missing five of the usual starting fifteen, and who will now look to push on and keep the winning form going.
Final Score: Won 19-21
Venue: The Windsor Boy's School
(Match Report by E.Denman)