Nailsea & Backwell juniors turn up in force at Ashton Gate

PUBLISHED: 10:37 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 26 September 2018

Nailsea & Backwell RFC juniors.

Nailsea & Backwell RFC juniors.

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A contingent of Nailsea & Backwell juniors provided the guard of honour at Ashton Gate for the Bristol Bear and Harlequins match.

Nearly 280 parents and children from Nailsea & Backwell junior section flooded the Ashton Gate stadium as the Bristol Bears took on Harlequins.

As part of the visit, the junior rugby players formed the guard of honour for the players as they ran onto the pitch, provided pitchside flag bearing/waving at the start of each half and undertook a parade around the pitch at half time.

There are almost 300 children playing junior rugby at Nailsea & Backwell and around 150 attended the match.

If your child is interested in joining the club’s thriving junior section, which includes full representation for girls rugby, please check out the clubs website.

Nailsea and Backwell Under-14s travelled to Avonmouth for their first game of the season.

In wet conditions Nailsea came out the deserved winners where they dominated the breakdowns and scrums, while also excelling at their first season of line-outs. Special mention must go to Abraham Wright, AJ McCarthy and Harry Blackburn for an excellent all-round display.

Yatton Under-15s travelled to North Petherton and kicked off their season with a gutsy performance that was a credit to all involved.

Yatton started the game with just 13 players and were down to 11 by the end with players from NP making up the numbers.

North Petherton won the first couple of rucks quite easily and spun the ball wide and scored a couple of tries and scored two more to lead 22-0 at the break.

The second half saw a couple of changes, particularly to the front row and suddenly the Yatton scrum became a force to be reckoned with and even took a couple against the head.

This gave Yatton momentum and more importantly the ball and the backs passed to supporting players and two tries were matched by their hosts, but the next three tries were unanswered as Yatton took the second half by storm.

Fin Skuse crashed over off a short pop and Toby Manson picked up and shot down the blindside for two key scores. It wasn’t enough for the win, but it was a massive testament to the commitment of all involved especially Yatton man of the match Joe Galey.

Final score Yatton 27, North Petherton 34.

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