Clevedon youngsters in good form

PUBLISHED: 15:58 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 15:58 23 February 2011

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RISCA (Newport) travelled across the bridge in no mood to roll over against Clevedon Under-15s.

RISCA (Newport) travelled across the bridge in no mood to roll over against Clevedon Under-15s.

They unfortunately came up against an in-form and hungry Clevedon Under-15s. The Clevedon team were again physically outsized, but they held out in the set pieces.

The front row were excellent, the second row of Johnson and Wraith proved a powerhouse and the back row did 
exceptionally well with good work by Haines and Turner against a quick, large and confident opposition.

The rucking and mauling was superb. Once won the ball was shipped to the backs, where Ali Balcombe played well out of position at scrum-half, as did Elliott Poulter at full-back.

The area which won the game for Clevedon was their 
continuity and support which released the free-running backs. The small, but vociferous travelling support added to the colourful atmosphere, with the home supporters offering their encouragement throughout the match.

Man of the match was Chris Warren, who stole ball 
regularly, ran hard and tackled strongly as Clevedon ran out 26-10 winners.

Bridgwater Under-14s opened the scoring with a fine try down the left, duly converted. Clevedon’s Matt Fisher narrowed the score with a try, only for Bridgwater to put another past Clevedon

Just before half-time, Clevedon winger Dan Jones ran in a try, this being kicked by Kieran Hill levelling the score.

The second half saw the visitors take the lead with a try. Clevedon then went into the lead with a try by Ben Williams and conversion by Hill. The visitors crossed the line, again taking the lead. Clevedon’s final try by Jones secured Clevedon a 
narrow victory in this well-matched contest.

A pulsating game saw Bridgwater finally overcome Clevedon Under-13s 24-14 after the visitors conceded two late tries.

Both teams showed bags of commitment and Bridgwater were 14-0 up by half-time with their running backs managing to pierce the Clevedon defence.

Clevedon fought back after the break, James Curnock scoring a double, both converted by Harry Butland to bring the scores level, but the Bridgwater backs won the day.

YATTON and Cheddar Under-14s travelled to Tor and came away with a 25-10 victory.

The Y&C forwards contributed to some powerful play, 
gaining territory close to the host’s try-line. A further attack saw flanker Tom Patch score five minutes into the game.

Tor regrouped and returned pressure from the restart. Initial attacks were thwarted by some excellent tackling, in particular Olly Cornish. However, Tor continued to push forward and were rewarded with a try.

With honours even the game ebbed and flowed until a some good handling set winger Ben Forest-Hutton free to sprint to the line and score on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw Y&C replace tired legs with fresh players. The breakthrough came when after another show of wonderful handling form Y&C backs, the ball ended up in the hands of Forest-Hutton, who ran half the pitch to score between the posts.

This was the turning point as Tor heads dropped and fatigue set in. Although Tor battled bravely to the end, another two tries by Forest-Hutton running from deep sealed the game for Yatton & Cheddar.

Finally, the Yatton contingent would like to wish all the Cheddar players involved in the Somerset trials the best of luck. Yatton will be fielding nine players in the trials in three weeks time, so good luck to all involved.


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