Gordano bounce back
PUBLISHED: 14:27 23 November 2011
Gordano get back to winning ways with victory at Taunton Reserves.
Taunton Res 15 pts
Gordano 27 pts
GORDANO Sharks bounced back to winning ways at Taunton Reserves on Saturday. A number of injuries saw second team captain Chris Nutland step in at prop and veteran prop, Neil Steer moved to hooker.
The early exchanges went Gordano’s way and wing Josh Richards broke free to score in the corner. Taunton put pressure on the Gordano defence on several occasions and eventually a penalty kick made it 3-5 at break.
In the second half, Gordano began to run the Taunton pack around. This paid dividends when wing Harry Lanceley broke clear pull the visitors 10-3 ahead.
Taunton tried to slow things up, but ended up having three players in the sin bin and effectively playing with 14 men for half an hour.
Gordano made their numerical advantage count as they pushed for the four-try bonus point. First to lead the charge was Gordano’s outstanding captain, Aaron French. After a number of breaks, he charged through the defence to score under the posts.
The fourth try came with help from the referee. Gordano would have scored, but for some forwards in an offside position. The referee had no hesitation but to award a penalty try.
Much to their credit, Taunton rallied during the last quarter to score two tries of their own to round things of at 15-27.
This win puts them up to equal fourth in Tribute Somerset Premier League
Gordano 2nds had a successful afternoon also by beating St Bernadettes 2nds 29-10 in Somerset 2 (North).
From the kick-off, a solid platform from the tight forwards and an impressive debut by Jason Barnes allowed half-backs Gareth Yandell and Mike Dyer to release the dangerous centre partnership of Ian Ganfield and Rob Pernell.
This strength allied to the mobility and aggression of a youthful back row of Kaine Southey, Pat Mayer and Jack Hendy allowed the ball to keep moving, helped by Craig Williams’ pace.
Tries soon followed for Hendy and second row Ben Wilson, whose mobility and strength is a feature. Saints battled back to make the half-time score 14-5.
After the break, the pressure and speed of Gordano’s game eventually paid dividends with tries for Ganfield and man of the match Hendy. Ganfield adding nine points with the boot.
Gordano 3rds also beat St Bernadettes 3rds 25-10. On a day when all three Gordano senior sides won, these impressive youngsters who are springing from the junior section of the club must surely mean that the future is bright at Portbury.
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