Rugby: Yatton earn bragging rights over Weston
PUBLISHED: 11:57 25 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:57 25 March 2019
Yatton under-15s got the better of their Weston rivals in a decisive third meeting between the two teams at the weekend.
With both having won an earlier match each, the two squads produced a superb contest, with Yatton taking a first-minute lead through Caleb Clarke’s try in the corner.
Weston hit back after a series of forward drives set up a similar try in the corner, but Clarke went over for his second score and it was 21-7 after 19 minutes when Ben Clarke touched down.
Yatton used the pick-and-go to good effect before moving the ball wide, only for Weston to scramble their defence and turn the ball over.
With only two minutes left in the first half, some poor defending allowed Weston to race out of their 22 and score in the corner, before another soft try made it 22-19 at the break.
Yatton made a poor start to the second half as a good chance went begging and Weston countered to score two tries in under 10 minutes to move into the lead.
Captain Jake Damaral took control as Yatton regrouped and chip kick over the Weston defence and good chase saw Ben Clarke over in the corner.
A lovely show-and-go from Clarke saw him through a gap and away for another score to complete his hat-trick, with team-mates in support, to make it 33-33 with another 12 minutes to play.
And Yatton’s pack proved the difference, having held the advantage at the scrum, as they worked tirelessly at the breakdown to support the excellent running of Fin Skuse, Ben Dooner and Adam Weaver.
After a series of driving plays upfield a pick-and-go by Toby Manson was stopped just short and a knock-on gave Weston a five-metre scrum.
But Yatton turned the ball over and it came back to Damaral to score the winning try, clinching a 38-33 victory.
Tom Ballard finished with four conversions for Yatton.