Clevedon lose despite scoring four tries

PUBLISHED: 14:45 27 September 2017

Harley Foley.

Harley Foley.

ACPS 2015

Clevedon Rugby Club lost away at Bridgwater despite crossing for four tries.

Bridgwater 41 pts

Clevedon 22 pts

Clevedon recorded another loss on the road, despite scoring four tries, but it was the Achilles heel of first-up tackling, or lack of, that is taking its toll.

The visitors had a player yellow carded in the first minute which did not help their cause, but despite this Clevedon had the lions share of possession and the better of the early exchanges, but could not turn pressure into points.

Against the run of play, Bridgwater took the lead with a converted try, this was improved when they won the race for the touch down after a kick ahead.

Clevedon’s forwards, who had the upper hand all afternoon in the tight and set piece, scored from a five-metre scrum when Joe Williams went over for an unconverted try, for 12-5.

This was quickly followed by a second try from another five-metre scrum with Andy Davis going over in the corner for 12-10 at the break.

The second half saw Clevedon playing down the slope and into the wind and poor tackling soon led to the hosts scoring three tries, two being converted to take the scoreline to 29-10.

Clevedon came back once again through their forwards with Harvey Russell going over in the corner from close range. Bridgwater kicked a penalty for 34-15.

The visitors replied again with another close-range try after forward pressure saw Joe Williams go in for his second try, converted by Tom Thie for 34-22.

In the final minute, Bridgwater score a try from a quick line-out throw which was converted, for a final score of 41-22.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “After having the lions share of possession and dominating them up front all afternoon, to leak 41 points is disappointing to say the least.

“We have worked really hard on our defence in training this week, but it is on a Saturday afternoon that you have to put it into practice and the desire was not there to do that today.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Thornbury (3pm). Vice-president’s lunch at 2pm.

Clevedon seniors are looking for players who want to play at a social level to form a 3rd XV.

Also, the colts are in the Somerset League and all new players are welcome. The junior and mini sections are well run and coached, but could always do with more players. Everyone is welcome.

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