Nailsea & Backwell enjoy 22-try comprehensive victory

PUBLISHED: 14:37 05 April 2017

Clevedon Under-6s.

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Nailsea & Backwell Under-12s enjoyed a comprehensive victory over near neighbours Yatton, running in 22 tries in the process.

Nailsea and Backwell Under-12s played host to local rivals Yatton on a sunny spring April morning.

Nailsea played total rugby which saw their season of hard work pay off by running in 22 tries, to which Yatton were unable to respond.

Nailsea understandably could have been tempted to hold on to the ball longer than they should, but they displayed their skills by quick accurate passing and putting into practice the set moves they have developed all season.

Tries came courtesy of Jay Wood (5), three apiece for Harry Tiernan and Harry Blackburn, two for Sam Chidzey and one each for Dan Hill, George Harris, Connor Mobbs, Neon Pugh, AJ McCarthy, James Stephens and Manuel Soriano

Clevedon Under-9s gave arguably the performance of the season against a physical and well-drilled Weston outfit, which brought the best out of every single Clevedon player.

The defence was exceptional at times and Clevedon were able to claim repeated turnovers through the seven-tackle rule and through enforced mistakes. Some of the top tacklers were Conor Stretch, Billy Thomas, Jayden Jones, Tom Dommett and Eli Bassett.

Additionally, the passing play was a joy to watch. The ball was moved quickly away from the tackle area, enabling our speedsters to find space in the wide channels.

The try scorers were Bassett, Dommett, Dylan Bennett, Ben Hillary-Gosling, Billy Thomas, Stretch, George Furlong, Ben Collins, Jones, Iker Powell and Will Parkinson, as Clevedon ran out 22-16 winners.

Player of the week was Eli Bassett, while star of the week was Dylan Bennett.

Yatton Under-13s travelled to Devon for their fourth tour and stayed at the Ladrum Bay caravan park and took on three local teams across the weekend.

With a number of new players joining the squad this year, Yatton had 19 players in the touring party which led to some great team building. The theme for the tour was silly hats and wigs and this year saw the introduction of a number of new tour rules for both adults and players to add to the fun.

First up were Honiton and Yatton were unlucky not to open the scoring as the ball bounced just out of reach and let the hosts off the hook. With a regional sprint champion and a considerable size advantage, it was Honiton who controlled most of the play, but as always Yatton completed to the end and scored two tries of their own along the way, one by Dom Oliver and the other by tour debutante Ben Edwards.

The next day was a three-way against Sidmouth and Kingsbridge. A lack of sleep and an overdose of sugar across the weekend, along with some significantly bigger opposition meant Yatton struggled to keep up with the locals, but a barbarians game at the end saw them mix well and hold their own to the finish.

Gordano Under-9s hosted a 40-strong touring team from Reading.

There was some fantastic rugby on show with each side displaying great skill and scoring some brilliant and creative tries. After the matches, the children were mascots for the Gordano 1st XV in their league match against St Bernadettes.

Award winners on the day were Enzo Honour, Alex McLaughlin and Ella Corp.

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