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THREE tries in the final half-hour left Windsor head coach Anthony Andrews a happy man, his side winning a crucial relegation battle 21-11 at Reading Abbey.

The visitors found themselves in trouble as they trailed 8-0 with 30 minutes remaining, but showed tremendous character to turn things around.

Andrews told the Observer: “We let ourselves down a little in the first half. There were a few errors and I asked for a reaction from the boys at half-time.

“I told them to keep hold of the ball and be a little more aggressive.

“We got into their 22 a number of times in the first half but we weren’t ruthless or clinical enough. Next time we got there we had to score and get some points, and to be fair to the boys, pretty much every time we did get there in the second half, we did.

“It was really positive that we saw a good reaction in the second half.”

Abbey earlier made a bright start and opened their try-scoring account inside the opening 10 minutes, wing Jules Greenaway crossing the whitewash. Ollie Walton missed the conversion, but landed a penalty shortly after, and his side led 8-0 at the end of a scrappy opening half.

They also began the second period the stronger, but lost their way once Ben Grant-Anderson and Neil Baggett went over for scores converted by Jack Gaylor.

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PHOTO: Neil Baggett scored a converted try as Windsor beat Reading Abbey 21-11 on Saturday

Although Walton landed a penalty, an extraordinary rolling maul by the visitors, spanning at least 40 metres from a line-out, ended with Lawrence Hewitt touching down for Gaylor to convert.

Andrews beamed: “It was a brilliant maul and a really key moment. We spoke at half-time about just tightening up our lifts and set-piece because our processes weren’t quite on the money in the first half. We had a few opportunities where we had line-outs five metres from the try line and we didn’t throw straight or they disrupted us.”

Abbey had one final shot to bag a losing bonus point but Walton’s effort with the last kick of the match drifted wide, leaving Mutepfa frustrated at the turnaround.

He confessed:”Windsor came here with a bigger desire than us and they were more committed. It was their desire which got them over the line, which is a horrible thing to say when you’re playing at home.

“They understand the dogfight they’re in and I’m not sure everyone of our guys did. It’s real now and we will need a response.”

He continued: “Windsor didn’t do anything exceptional, but they blew us away at the breakdown. That’s where you get measured, when you haven’t got the ball. They built themselves into the game by winning the collisions.

“You can’t guarantee you’re going to beat someone on the outside, or win every line-out, but you can guarantee that there will be collisions in rugby and we need to win those to give ourselves a chance to win the game.”

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