Seasiders slip up

PUBLISHED: 16:17 17 November 2010

Rugby Ball

Rugby Ball

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Paignton 30 pts

Clevedon 22 pts

THIS was the game that Clevedon should have won quite easily.

The visitors started well and were in the driving seat for the whole of the first half, playing good running rugby. Clevedon took the lead through a Steve Johnson penalty. But Paignton replied in kind.

A fine break by fly-half Tom Thie had Wayne Wheeler on his shoulder to score a try under the posts, which Johnson converted, but Paignton hit back with a penalty.

Before the break, Tony Dauncey drove over for a try which Johnson converted. Clevedon’s line-out worked well, with plenty of variation and they led 17-6 at half-time.

The second half started with Clevedon still in control and a good forward drive saw Ryan Smith go over for a try. Then things started to go wrong for Clevedon, in fact they got blown away by a Paignton side who started to run the ball.

From a scrum, a blindside move saw them sneak over for a try. This was followed by a slick handling movement which resulted in another try. A catch and drive at the line-out brought another try which was converted which put Paignton 23-22 in the lead.

In a desperate last move to win the game, a dropped pass in an attacking position by Clevedon was fly hacked down the field resulting in a converted try for the hosts.

After this the final whistle went, Clevedon were left to rue a poor second half performance.

On Saturday, Sidmouth are the visitors, kick-off 2.30pm.Vice-presidents lunch at 1pm.


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