Nailsea through to the Somerset Cup final
PUBLISHED: 14:51 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:51 11 February 2015
Nailsea & BAckwell Under-15s won through to the Somerset Cup final after defeating Keynsham.
NAILSEA & Backwell Under-15s won a nail-biting cup tie at Keynsham to seal a place in the Somerset Cup final.
The Ravens win was built on the foundations of a big effort from the forwards who countered a strong and well-drilled Keynsham eight to dominate the line-outs and earn parity at the scrum and breakdown.
Nailsea opened the scoring following a barnstorming run from No 8 Charlie Brabham from his 22. He found captain Joel Giltrow on his shoulder to take a well timed pass to touch down.
Joe Collins was regularly involved from full-back as were the Raven locks Sam Williams and Declan Hay. Quick distribution from the visitors’ half-backs saw centres Ben McGillivray and Brad Cogan regularly making ground in midfield.
The second half began with Keynsham scoring an equalising try, but Nailsea hit back after good work by Dan Jones set up Giltrow for his second try. The extra points were added by Giltrow for a 12-5 lead.
Will Allward made his presence known from blindside as the home team continued to press, until an interception by man of the match Giltrow saw him race from well inside his half to open a 17-5 lead.
Momentarily, the win appeared to be secured, but Keynsham came back again, this time with a seven pointer, but Nailsea held out for an excellent victory.
N&B’s opponents in the final will be Taunton or Winscombe date and venue to be confirmed.
CLEVEDON Under-16s started strongly against Thornbury with two tries and a conversion in rapid succession by Mason Parslow and Jack Houston, with the latter being converted by Ben Thole.
Thornbury replied with a try to pull the score back to 12-5, but two further first-half tries from Brent Manners and Rami James and a conversion by Thole gave Clevedon a 24-5 half-time lead.
Clevedon played downhill in the second half and their forwards applied further pressure on Thornbury from the kick-off. Improved scrummaging by Clevedon created a platform, with James, Manners, Sam Poulter, Jake Perry, Callum Fear and Mason Parslow, all going over to score. Two more conversions were added by Thole.
Going into the last few minutes of the match, Thornbury managed a consolation try as Clevedon finished comfortable 58-10 winners.
YATTON Under-11s were involved in a fierce battle against Frampton Cotterell.
Yatton’s commitment at the ruck, their intensity in defence and attack and their support of each other throughout the two matches was a step above anything they have played to date.
The visitors found a gap and opened the scoring, but Yatton went straight back at them and the half finished at 1-1.
Some confusion at the re-start led to a second visitor try and a soft penalty run-in gave them a third, but Yatton battled ferociously for the remainder of the half before a final score gave Frampton the win at 4-1
The second game proved a bit of a reversal with Frampton scoring four tries in the first-half, but Yatton never looked out of their league and it was the odd dropped pass, or missed tackle that gave the visitors the edge.
Yatton never gave up and they were rewarded with a try of their own before the break so the half finished at 4-1.
Despite tired legs, the final half was full on with both sides throwing themselves into the contest. Frampton may have got the only score of the half to make it 5-1, but Yatton went close on a number of occasions.
Yatton scorers: Aaron Ralfs and Cammie Waites.
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