Taylor runs in a hat-trick of tries
PUBLISHED: 14:36 25 January 2012
Clevedon score a try in the first minute in their victory over Chosen Hill.
CLEVEDON, playing with the wind at their backs had a flying start, scoring in the first minute.
A scrum to Clevedon saw Tom Thie break down the blindside to put Mike Lowis in for a try. This was converted by kicking machine Mike Taylor. From the restart, a clever box kick by George Towers saw Taylor catch the bounce and go over for a try. He in turn kicked the points.
In this frantic first 10 minutes, Clevedon scored their third try with Andrew Perry scoring after a swift handling move. Taylor converted.
Chosen Hill started to recover and their forwards started to perform with some good driving and support play, but Clevedon increased their lead when Matthew Carpenter scored in the corner after a good handling movement. Taylor converted from the touchline.
To end the first half, a loose ball was kicked ahead by Thie with Taylor getting the touch down. He added the points for Clevedon to lead 35-0 at half-time.
The second half showed a spirited display from Chosen Hill with the wind at their backs. Their forwards applied pressure on the Clevedon pack and the issuing of two yellow cards did not help the Clevedon cause.
Clevedon’s defence held firm against the foraging attacks on the Clevedon line by the Hill forwards. Eventually Chosen Hill got the try they deserved which was converted.
When Clevedon managed to get out of their own half they always looked dangerous. In the final minutes the hosts got back to scoring ways firstly with a try by Thie, which Taylor converted and lastly a hat-trick try for Taylor, who missed his only kick of the game.
Head coach Nick Hill said “To take maximum points in any game is always pleasing and to get back to winning ways in such convincing fashion is just what we needed. I was particularly pleased with the first half performance, but credit to Chosen Hill they never gave up and made things difficult for us in the second half.
“The lads weathered the storm and finished the game off in style. For us now it is all about putting in performances and building momentum as we go into some challenging fixtures.”
Harvey Russell, Mike Taylor and Joe Williams were all outstanding.
On Saturday, Clevedon travel to Sidmouth, coach leaves 11am.
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