Rugby: Clevedon claim spoils against Avonmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 February 2019

Clevedon's Toby Ford on the attack against Avonmouth

Clevedon's Toby Ford on the attack against Avonmouth

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Clevedon came out on top at the end of a hard-fought clash with Avonmouth with a 27-8 victory.

The visitors started well and opened the scoring with a penalty, then dominated for a 20-minute spell.

The Seasiders had their resolve tested, but stayed patient and a quick tap penalty from Ashley Vailles saw the ball offloaded to Ryan Hervey to score a try converted by Tom Thie.

Clevedon had the upper hand in the scrum and pushed their rivals around the pitch, earning a penalty which Thie landed for a 10-3 lead.

But Avonmouth always looked dangerous with the ball in hand and hit back with a try out wide to close the gap to two points at half time.

The second half saw Clevedon come under pressure as Avonmouth stretched their defence from side to side.

But the defence held firm and a superb turnover by Rusty O’Brien on the hour mark led to the ball being kicked downfield, with Brian Largenton reading a pass and sprinting 40 metres under the posts.

The score seemed to take the wind out of Avonmouth’s sails and the Clevedon forwards turned the screw for O’Brien to touch down out wide to make it 22-8.

And with only minutes left, the Clevedon pack appliied more pressure at a scrum and Dave Rawle and Vailles combined for Gerald Hicks to score the bonus-point try out wide to complete the tally.

Coach Nick Hill said: “This was a tough encoutner and Avonmouth were right in it until the last third.

“Our defence was once again superb. I don’t normally single players out for praise but our front row of Brian Largenton, Matty Honour and Blaise Bosley were totally dominant.”

Clevedon are set to host Cheltenham on Saturday at 2.30pm, with a lunch at 1.30pm.

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