Tough encounter for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 14:40 09 March 2011

Rugby Ball

Rugby Ball


NAILSEA travelled to Keynsham expecting a tough game and they got just that from the well-equipped hosts.

Nailsea & Backwell 26 pts

Keynsham 2nd XV 14 pts

NAILSEA travelled to Keynsham expecting a tough game and they got just that from the well-equipped hosts.

A massive effort by the whole squad, 
particularly the forwards, Nailsea came away with a 26-14 bonus point victory.

Keynsham had the better start with their bigger pack, and from a drive close to Nailsea’s line, they scored a converted try to go 7-0 up after 10 minutes.

For the rest of the first half, Nailsea spent long periods in the Keynsham half. After 
missing a couple of penalties, Nailsea were finally rewarded for their efforts with a try by flanker Greg Appleby, converted by fly-half Tony Hill to level 7-7 at half-time.

After the break, Keynsham drove to the line again to score a second converted try to make it 14-7. The Nailsea forwards started to put pressure on the hosts’ pack with some 
powerful drives and winger Mat Watkins went over for try, converted by Hill to bring the scores level again.

This was followed by some slick handling by the backs for full-back Chris Quinn to go ove, Hill converting to nudge Nailsea ahead. Keynsham hit back and it took a massive effort by the Nailsea forwards plus a try saving tackle by centre Rob Baker to keep them out.

Nailsea gained their try bonus point with scrum-half Jamie Sullivan going over to 
make the final score 26-14. The game also featured the introduction of prop Pat Allen 
from the bench, making a return to 1st XV rugby.

Nailsea have to do it all again next week with a tough game at home to high-flying 

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