RNailsea & Backwell let down by their discipline

PUBLISHED: 11:53 04 October 2017

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Nailsea & Backwell were defeated by Imperial in a league and cup dual fixture.

Imperial 36 pts

Nailsea & Backwell 19 pts

Nailsea & Backwell travelled to Imperial for a league/cup dual fixture.

Imperial took an early lead charging over the line from five metres out and a conversion. Nailsea battled back with Louis Wait crossing the line only to be held up.

Moments later Nick Badcock crossed the Imperial try line, but yet again was judged to be held up.

Imperial were pulled up for a ridiculously high tackle and found themselves down to 14 men, Nailsea kicked for the line and used the driving maul from the line-out with Ryan Barrow peeling off to charge over.

Imperial responded and the Ravens gave away a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away, but the youngsters had their tails in the air and were beginning to use the width of the pitch.

From inside their own half, quick hands saw the ball reach James Cleave out wide on the wing, turning the Imperial defence, a sublime offload from Cleave inside to Barrow opened up the space, Barrow beat the last three defenders to score under the posts for a converted try.

The second half once again saw Cleave fix the defensive line with a deft backhand offload to a charging Harrison Gould, who beat another two defenders and survived another high tackle to score under the posts to stretch their lead to 19-10.

Imperial were looking rattled, but it was Nailsea’s poor discipline that saw them marched up the pitch, resulting in the loss of captain Luke Caswell. Five metres out and the hosts, with a huge weight advantage, opted for a scrum and scored a pushover try.

Discipline continued to be the downfall of the Ravens and a scrum from halfway saw Imperial display some great support rugby and good hands to unlock the Nailsea defence for a converted try.

More pressure from imperial found them contesting a lineout 5 metres from the Nailsea line, once again using the weight advantage to catch and drive, converted try (29-19)

Nailsea found themselves defending desperately, but again discipline let them down. Imperial relied on the trusty scrum to secure good ball and exploit the blindside for the last try of the game to finish 36-19 winners.

Nailsea host Minehead on Saturday, celebrating their traditional Pink Ladies Charity Day.

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