COLCHESTER Rugby Club were unable to cause an upset when title-chasing Wimbledon visited Mill Road.

The London club, who are second in National League division three, ran out 34-18 winners.

Colchester had lost 62-7 in the return match at Wimbledon on November 19 and could not prevent another defeat on Saturday.

However, they produced a spirited performance that deserved greater reward, in their penultimate home game of the season.

Brett Cutbush and Harry Barton scored first-half tries – one of which was converted - which, combined with a James Crozier penalty, meant they were leading 15-14 at half-time.

In the second half, Dave Higgins added a penalty kick but Wimbledon showed their quality and eventually ran out 34-18 winners.

Colchester remain second from bottom in the table, with just three wins from their 22 matches.

Two of those successes came against stranded basement boys Amersham and Chiltern, with the other being a memorable triumph against Essex neighbours Southend.

The All Blacks return to action at Guilford next Saturday.

After that they have just three matches left in April, with trips to Westcombe Park and Guernsey sandwiching a home clash against Chichester.