Nailsea gain a bonus point victory

PUBLISHED: 14:26 16 March 2011

Mat Watkins, Nailsea RFC

Mat Watkins, Nailsea RFC

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NAILSEA went into this tough league game at home to a strong Bridgwater outfit with a number of changes to the side that beat Keynsham the previous week.

NAILSEA went into this tough league game at home to a strong Bridgwater outfit with a number of changes to the side that beat Keynsham the previous week.

But with the whole squad stepping up to the mark, Nailsea recorded a bonus point victory.

With flanker Jack Quick switching to the second row and Nick Badcock and Tom Crossman coming into the back row, Nailsea did not take long to settle in.

Nailsea attacked from the kick off and were awarded a penalty five metres from the Bridgwater line. A quick tap by No 8 Crossman saw him bulldoze over for a try, converted by fly-half Tony Hill to put Nailsea 7-0 ahead.

Bridgwater hit back from a catch and drive as they rumbled over for a converted try. With the back row of man of the match Badcock, Crossman and Appleby turning over Bridgwater possession, Nailsea claimed two more first half tries through centre Rob Baker and Quick. A penalty by Bridgwater made the half-time score 17-10 to Nailsea.

After the break, Hill converted a penalty and a well-worked try by winger Mat Watkins gave Nailsea some breathing space at 25-10, but Bridgwater stormed back with a converted try to close the gap once again.

Nailsea saved the best till last when a Bridgwater attack broke down inside the Nailsea 22 for 
Watkins to scoop the ball up and race 75 metres for his second try to seal an excellent bonus point victory.

Next week Nailsea take a rest before travelling to Wiveliscombe on the March 26.


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