Nailsea & Backwell register bonus point victory over Quins

PUBLISHED: 14:27 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 22 February 2017

Dickie Palmer.

Dickie Palmer.


Nailsea & Backwell recorded a bonus point win at home to Bristol Harlequins.

Nailsea & Backwell 22 pts

Bristol Harlequins 18 pts

Nailsea & Backwell hosted Bristol Harlequins at the West End ground and it only took four minutes for Nailsea to open the their account when openside flanker Harrison Gould broke the Quins defence to run in a good try.

Quins responded quickly and through, what was to be, a typical forward-orientated rumble, scored to level 5-5, before they added a penalty to take the lead at 5-8.

Just at the end of the first quarter, some quick thinking from the Nailsea forwards saw second row Dickie Palmer take a front ball from a line in the Quins 22 to score a well-crafted try.

This was followed near the end of the half by an interception from Nailsea winger Nat Chadwick, who ran 50meres unopposed to score Nailsea’s third under the posts for Joe Reed to convert and makethe score 17-8.

Quins started the second half determined to play to their strength, which were their big forwards. They held onto possession well and Nailsea found it difficult to regain possession and clear their lines.

The inevitable came when Quins, once again applied forward pressure, sending their big lads in to score a deserved converted try. The visitors took the lead with a well- struck penalty.

Eventually, Nailsea realised territory was key and stole possession in their 22 for outside-half Tom Baxter to put in a 60-metre relieving kick. The chase was good and from the ensuing play in the Quins 22, scrum-half Matt Thomas went over in the corner for the bonus point try. The match, however was far from over and Nailsea had to withstand extreme pressure from the Quins attack, but withstand it they did to run out 22-18 winners.

Coach Tony Hill said: “I think the players will have learned a lot from this game in how to adapt to an opposition who play a direct, slower, forward orientated game. We need to make better decisions during the heat of battle which would have enabled us to play our game.”

On Saturday, Nailsea travel to neighbours Weston II for a re-arranged previously postponed match.

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