Nailsea crowned champions

PUBLISHED: 15:33 04 May 2011

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Nailsea and Backwell clinch Somerset 1 title with victory at Old Sulians.

NAILSEA were roared on by a large crowd of supporters that have been supportive throughout this campaign to see Nailsea crowned champions of Somerset 1 in this win over Old Sulians at Lansdown.

Although this was a below par performance by Nailsea, they still managed a six try bonus point win and played some excellent rugby at times.

Nailsea took the lead after two minutes with a penalty by fly-half Tony Hill, this was quickly followed by Matt Watkins try converted by Hill.

After some good handling by the backs centre Alex Blackwell raced in for a try converted by Hill. Sulians came back with a try and conversion to bring the score to 7-17 midway through the first half.

This spurred Nailsea into action and they responded with two excellent tries by centre Rob Baker and wing Cris Quinn, both converted by Hill to give Nailsea a comfortable 31-7 lead at half-time.

This score was enough to give Nailsea the title and they tended to relax, letting Sulians back into the game. But Nailsea were not quite finished yet, an arching run by Watkins saw him sprint in for his second try to bring his seasons total to 42, Hill converted.

To round off a great day, second row Dickie Palmer popped up on the wing to score a try. The conversion by Hill was successful giving him a personal tally of 15 points and a 100 per cent strike rate with the boot.

Nailsea reaped the benefit of the hard work they put in during pre-season and throughout the season to gain there richly deserved reward.

Head coach Leo Costello would like to thank all players, assistant coaches, committee and all supporters for their contribution and the massive effort everyone has put in to make this a successful season.

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