Clevedon start the season with derby success

PUBLISHED: 11:36 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 05 September 2018

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Clevedon started the new season with an excellent victory over near neighbours Gordano.

Gordano 19 pts

Clevedon 40 pts

Clevedon met their close rivals Gordano for the first time in league history with the Sharks being newly promoted and the Seasiders relegated meant for an entertaining afternoon.

In front of a large crowd the game started well with both sides keen to gain the upper hand and it soon became apparent that the superior strength in the Clevedon pack was matched by Gordano’s dangerous back line.

The Seasiders opened the scoring with a well-struck penalty from Adam Coles. Clevedon moved further ahead when a well rehearsed back row move resulted in Coles scoring under the posts and then converting himself.

The visitors increased their lead with a catch and drive from the forwards that saw Dave Rawle score an unconverted try for a 15-0 lead.

Any thoughts of Clevedon running away with the game were soon cancelled out as the Sharks’ young back line scored an excellent try out wide through Jack Last. Gordano started to gain momentum and with Clevedon with a man in the bin they scored again when a poor clearance kick was ran back with interest to score a converted try by Noah Homes-McAdams 12-15.

On the stroke of half-time Jordan Mein kicked a penalty to give Clevedon an 12-18 lead.

The second half started off just as physically as the first and Clevedon’s decision to keep the ball tight paid off when a powerful drive from the forwards saw Brian Largenton go over the white wash, converted by Coles.

Moments later the Seasiders increased their lead with another well-worked try converted again by Coles. Back came the Sharks with a converted try of their own by Scott Magrath for 19-32, but any hopes of a comeback were cancelled out with a Clevedon penalty.

The last say went to Ben Chase who crossed for an unconverted try to make the final score 19-40.

Head coach Nick HIll said: “It was a great day for local rugby with a bumper crowd and the game lived up to it although the score line looks convincing, Gordano were right in it up until the last third, their backs were very lively and looked dangerous every time they touched the ball - on this showing both sides look capable of competing well in the league.”

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Matson (3pm), with a vice-president’s lunch at 1.30pm.

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