Clevedon youngsters win cup final on try countback

PUBLISHED: 14:26 16 March 2011

Clevedon RFC Under-17s

Clevedon RFC Under-17s

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CLEVEDON Under-17s took on Walcot in the final of the Bristol Combination Cup at St Marys.

CLEVEDON Under-17s took on Walcot in the final of the Bristol Combination Cup at St Marys.

From the kick off both sides tried to attack at every opportunity, to be countered by strong defences. Walcot secured the first points with a penalty, but Clevedon were quick to counter, Clevedon won a line-out against the throw, from which wing Luke Prior scored their first try that was duly converted.

The next score came in the 31st minute when scrum-half Joe Tucker slipped between defenders to score. Walcot replied with a penalty to make the half-time score 12-6 to Clevedon.

After the break, Clevedon had to defend stoutly, but Walcot scored when they intercepted a Clevedon pass and touched down under the posts. Clevedon responded when Tucker managed to squeeze his way over to score his second.

Walcot’s forwards then scored a pushover try that was converted, which gave Walcot a 20-17 lead. However, within minutes Dom Hanley scored a drop goal to level the score.

Walcot responded with another converted try with only minutes to spare. Clevedon responded to the challenge, with Mike Winter joining the backs at pace from full-back to jink past the Walcot defence to touch down close to the posts.

Hanley kept his nerve and scored the conversion to tie the score and the referee blew for time. The rules of the competition are that in the event of a tie, the side scoring the greater number of tries wins. Clevedon won by four tries to three.

This is the third year the squad have appeared in a final and have now won two of the three. Their loss in the Somerset Cup last year, has made them eligible for the National Plate competition and they play their divisional semi-final on March 20.

Clevedon Under-12s achieved a comfortable victory against Bristol Saracens in an entertaining fixture.

Joe Vickery and Ben Thole performed admirably at half-back with some outstanding kicking from Thole keeping Clevedon in control.

Brent Manners produced a fine all-round performance including two tries with one each scored by Jack Houston and Tom Upton.

Kieran Green looked unstoppable whenever he ran with the ball and three tries together with his all round work-rate won him the man of the match award.

The Under-16s travelled to Walcott and won a close game 24-20 to go through to the Somerset Cup semi-final.

Clevedon gave away an early penalty, but soon regrouped using their dominating forwards. They were rewarded with a penalty which was missed, but then knocked on by a Walcot player, rewarding Clevedon with a scrum. Joe Tucker was able to go over the line for their first try.

Clevedon continued to dominate and after a few setbacks, Tucker went over the line for his second try, converted by Tom Francis.

As half-time approached, Jake Redman made a break down the blind side to converted again by Francis to give Clevedon a 19-6 lead.

Clevedon came out for the second half all fired up and good work between backs and forwards resulted in Tucker going over for his third try for the match.

Clevedon then lost their momentum and let Walcot back into the game with two breakaway tries. Man of the match was Joe Tucker. Clevedon are now through to the Somerset cup semi-final .

The Under-11s came out on top 24-19 in a tough game of rugby against Bristol Saracens. The hard yards were made early on with Ben Hussey and James Dickenson to the fore.

Lewis O’Brien and Connor Hughes had fine games, running the ball at every opportunity. Try scorers were Ben Hussey (2), Charlie Tucker and Patrick Haskins. Ollie Wilson converted two of the tries. Man of the match was James Dickenson.

NAILSEA & Backwell Under-8s went to the Old Bristolians tournament with high hopes.

They did not disappoint, playing some excellent team rugby with great support play from the whole team. They played six matches against two Old Bristolians sides, North Bristol, Hornets, St Brendans and Welsh visitors Monmouth.

The team won five matches and drew one, making them the clear winners of this tournament. Overall, the team scored 41 tries throughout the day. The winning team was made up of Ben J, George, Elliot, Max, William T, Tom, Hugo and Owen.

Nailsea & Backwell Under 7s enjoyed a successful day at the Old Bristolians rugby tournament.

In a tough group stage, the team were unbeaten in their four games. Scoring 21 tries in the group, two wins and two draws was enough to see them progress as group winners in to the semi-finals where the squad produced the best performance of the day winning 7-4.

The final was a closely fought contest against Frampton Cotterell. The first half saw both teams exchange tries with Nailsea turning round one try down.

Excellent defence saw Nailsea pressure the Frampton team, but they were unable to overturn the half time deficit with Frampton winning 6-4.

GORDANO Under-9s travelled to St Mary’s Old Boys on Sunday and played some fantastic rugby in near perfect conditions.

The Sharks played three games and began their first match strongly with some fine running and passing for Jack Lloyd to score, before Tom Kessler pounced on a loose ball to score his side’s second try.

Gordano were looking more effective with each game and with their improving rucking and mauling, the team showed just how far they’ve come this season.

All three games were drawn with Finley Nock scoring in the second match after powering his way over the line, before Tom Russell scored in the third.

All the boys deserve credit for the team performance, but the man of the match was awarded to Louis Stratton.

The Under-13s travelled to play North Bristol in a bruising encounter. North Bristol’s bigger pack dominated the mauls, but Gordano’s new-found aggression allowed them to excel in the rucks and the scrums.

Tom Instance, Callum Corcoran, Drum McMillan, Curtis Southey and Harry Wall were exceptional in the front row. Behind them, Zach Wall, Eddie Tovey, Max Battison and man of the match Jordan Mitchell tackled like demons, whilst the back row of Charlie Geary, Alex Reynolds and Jack Pope were a constant source of irritation to the home team’s half-backs.

Half-backs Lewis Leaker and Kieran Avery showed off their full range of skills and Louis Wall, Josh Ong, Shay Ford, George Lacey, Jake Knight and Ben Beacham were a big threat with ball in hand.

Despite eventually succumbing by 27-14, Gordano’s coaches were pleased with the performance against one of the top sides in Bristol. Lewis Leaker scored one try and two conversions, the other try coming courtesy of Jordan Mitchell.


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