A great game of rugby played in fantastic spirit by both sides.
Weston U13's welcomed Cotham Park for the first ever meeting of the sides in the quarter final of the Bristol Combination Shield. With their visitors having lost only once all season Weston knew they were in for a real battle especially given the size of some of the Cotham players.
The game began in near perfect conditions but unusually Weston were slow out of the blocks and soon found themselves 10-0 down after a brace of tries by the giant Cotham number 8 who covered the ground with ease. This spurred the home side into action and soon their superb pack began to get the upper hand against their much larger opponents. Weston added three quickfire tries through Eddie Davies, all converted by Archie Tilsley who's kicking was excellent throughout, to move 22-10 in front. Tit for tat scores continued for the rest of the first half as Cotham refused to let the forward battering they were getting diminish their spirit, right on the stroke of half time with Weston 26-22 in front and inches from the Cotham try line the ball was wrestled from a Weston forward by the Cotham second row who sprinted the length of the pitch, dodging some poor tackling to score under the posts to send the visitors into the break 29-22 in front.
After the half time break Weston's forwards began to turn the screw even further with props Jack Howard and George Bamsey, who had his best game of the season, repeatedly smashing huge holes in the visitors defence with Howard crossing for two tries and Davies adding another three with Tilsley kicking four conversions. Such was the turn around Cotham were restricted to just a solitary unconverted try in the second period but to their credit they never stopped trying and some of their tackling was excellent.
For Weston Cosmin had his best game in a blue shirt supported throughout by the superb home pack. A greatest game of rugby played in a fantastic spirit by two well organised and committed sides. Weston now meet Clifton in the semi final at a date to be arranged.