Clevedon youngsters through to plate semi-final

PUBLISHED: 14:37 09 March 2011

Clevedon Under-17s

Clevedon Under-17s

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CLEVEDON Under-17s played host to Drifters who play their rugby in Buckinghamshire in the quarter-finals of the South West Division of the RFU National Plate.

CLEVEDON Under-17s played host to Drifters who play their rugby in Buckinghamshire in the quarter-finals of the South West Division of the RFU National Plate.

The game was a tribute to the skill and determination of two teams in the top eight of Under-17 teams in the south west.

Clevedon made a quick start and soon had five points on the board with Mike Winter joining the line from 
full-back to score. Clevedon continued the 
pressure from the re-start, eventually leading to a 
penalty awarded in front of the Drifters posts, which Dom Hanley converted.

This was quickly followed by another Clevedon 
try scored by centre Tom Pinder after fellow centre 
Luke Blizzard broke through the Drifters defence. 
Drifters scored their own try after a crossfield 
move.

Clevedon’s first half scoring resumed with Will 
Richardson muscling in for a try as the half-time became 20-5 in favour of Clevedon.

Clevedon came under pressure at the start of the second half and were beaten back to their line, only for the pressure to be relieved by indiscipline by Drifters with a player being sin binned.

Hanley produced a huge kick into touch moving 
play halfway up the field. Soon after scrum-half Joe Tucker produced a magical overhead kick under 
pressure for Richardson to pick up and run over for a try.

With the score 27-5, Clevedon lost focus and allowed Drifters back into the game, by letting them score two converted tries, bringing the score to 27-19. Clevedon dominated the last 10 minutes of play, keeping the ball and eventually Richardson scored his third try of the game.

The semi-finals will be played on March 20, before that the Under-17s will be playing in the final of the Bristol Combination Cup against the Bath based team Walcot on Sunday.

A depleted Clevedon Under-12 side put up strong resistance, but eventually went down 28-33 to a strong Wellington side for the second time this season.

Cameron Clemensha was the pick of the Clevedon players with a strong and hard-working display. Tom Upton captained the side and powerfully led from the front. Clevedon scorers were Ed Mathias, Kieran Green, George Leaman and Rhys Talbot. Ben Thole converted all four tries.

The Under-14s visited Chew Valley who opened the scoring with a quick try followed by two more, one converted. Clevedon fought back and Tom Lye scored, narrowing the gap at half-time.

Lye scored again after the break, converted by Kieran Hill. Chew scored and converted twice more leading to their winning score of 31-12.

The Under-13s entertained a strong Chew Valley side last Sunday morning and despite trying hard, were unable to contain the opposition’s marauding forwards and free-running backs.

Matthew Dickerson and man of the match Ash Haque battled well at the breakdown, but Clevedon couldn’t retain the ball and were well beaten. James Curnock scored Clevedon’s consolation try with the last play of the match, converted by Harry Butland.

SPECTATORS were treated to an entertaining match between two sides that were equally matched and competitive.

Gordano Under-15s started quickly playing down the hill. Both wings, Steve Gadd and Ollie Clarke scored tries following good passing movement, one was 
converted by scrum-half Ben Baxter.

This early lead prompted Nailsea & Backwell to rally with some direct running by their larger forwards and this soon proved effective as they scored two tries to make it 12 all at half-time.

After the break, it was an even contest with both sides exchanging converted tries, Gordano’s was scored by Baxter who took advantage of a flat defence and ran 40 yards unopposed.

With the scores at 19-19, a draw looked an inevitable and a fair result. However, Nailsea were awarded a scrum beneath their posts. The ball was struck against the head by Gordano hooker Will Instance and from the following play, Baxter struck a winning drop goal with the last kick of the game.


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