Rugby: Clevedon leave it late to claim derby win

PUBLISHED: 13:33 19 April 2019

Clevedon's Tom Thie on the attack

Clevedon's Tom Thie on the attack

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Clevedon earned a last-gasp 22-21 derby win over Gordano in front of a large crowd.

The hosts started the better and held the upper hand at the scrum, scoring first when powerful play saw Brian Iargenton go over.

Ethan Thomas added the conversion and slotted a penalty to make it 10-0 as the Seasiders made big inroads.

But Gordano hit back with a pair of converted tries to move into a 14-10 lead and, on the stroke of half time, added another to move 11 points up.

Clevedon had more of the possession in the second half and, with 15 minutes left, Tom Thie's break allowed Thomas to put Iargenton under the posts for a try which he converted.

And with the match deep into injury time, Gordano were adjudged to have knocked the ball forward deliberately, with Clevedon scoring a pushover try from the scrum thanks to Dave Rawle.

Head coach Nick Hill said: “We definitely used our get out of jail card and Gordano will be very disappointed to lose so late. It was a good advert for local rugby with both sides putting it on the line in front of a bumper crowd and I'm sure we will have another ding-dong next season.”

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