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1st XV - Match centre

Bridgwater & Albion
G Sparks  (2), D Burge , S Edwards (2), S Eaton, A Russell, R Bennett, C Withers
C Young, L Blizzard
Penalty Try
Fri 1 Feb 20:00 - Cup Full time

Weston ease through to county semi finals


Ten tries for Seasiders as they overcome the challenge of Bridgwater. Match report by John Harding, and photos by Andrew Collins

Weston-super-Mare are through to the semi-finals of the Renault Somerset Cup after their comprehensive victory over Bridgwater & Albion as the Seasiders out-scored their hosts ten tries to two.

It certainly wasn’t a night for the place kickers at College Way because it wasn’t until the eighth try of the match, Weston’s second after the break, that the first conversion was chalked-up.

Weston opened the scoring after just eight minutes, after a driving maul was held up over the line, when the Bridgwater pack were pushed back over their own line for No,8 George Sparks to get the touchdown.

WsM v Bridgwater & Albion 02-02-13
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The visitors were then reduced to 14 men when full back Marco Oupoh was sent to the sin-bin. Bridgwater took advantage of the extra man and spread the ball wide for centre Ashley Honeywell to score in the right corner.

Midway through the half Weston kicked a penalty to the corner followed by a catch and drive which resulted in skipper Dave Burge scored the visitors second try. Weston continued to apply the pressure when they were back to full strength.

Bridgwater then had scrum half Dominik Griffin yellow carded for persistent infringement. This allowed Weston to batter their way to the line on the half hour with centre Sylvan Edwards going over from close range.

Still with the extra man, Weston increased their lead with blindside flanker Shaun Eaton broke 40 metres down the right touchline to score the visitors fourth try. Bridgwater showed that they can use the catch and drive as No.8 Nick Spellissy got the touchdown.

With half time fast approaching Weston again drove to the line where they were awarded a penalty which they again kicked to touch. From the catch and drive lock Ash Russell crossed for Weston’s fifth try to take the half time score to 25-10.

Five minutes in to the second half Harry Jones raced 40 metres exposing the slack Bridgwater defence. After several phases of play Sparks went over for his second try followed quickly by a second from Edwards which Chris Young converted.

The tries just kept on coming with scrum half Ross Bennett went over in the left corner. Replacement hooker Craig Withers had only three minutes and he went over for Weston’s ninth try.

Bridgwater had to play out the final minutes of the game with 14 men when recent signing Joel Clark was yellow carded. With the visitors again pressing, referee Karl Gibson awarded a penalty try which Luke Blizzard converted

Weston-super-Mare: Marco Oupoh (Paul Sprague, 68); Sam Smee (Luke Blizzard, 73), Sylvan Edwards, Matt Watkins; Chris Young (Matt Burns, 73), Ross Bennett; David Swann (Steve Donegan, 58), David Burge (capt) (Craig Withers, 68), Phil Hobbs (Dave Price. 76), Andrew Glen, Ash Russell, Shaun Eaton, Paul Morrissey (Dave Steele, 73), George Sparks.
Scorers - tries: George Sparks 2, Dave Burge, Sylvan Edwards 2, Shaun Eaton, Ash Russell, Ross Bennett, Craig Withers, pen try; cons: Chris Young, Luke Blizzard
Yellow card: Marco Oupoh (12-22)

Referee: Karl Gibson (Somerset Society)

Key moments

Try George Sparks scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Dave Burge scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Sylvan Edwards scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Shaun Eaton scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Ash Russell scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try George Sparks scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Sylvan Edwards scores for Weston-super-Mare
Conversion Chris Young kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare
Try Ross Bennett scores for Weston-super-Mare
Try Craig Withers scores for Weston-super-Mare
Conversion Luke Blizzard kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare

Videos and photos

WsM v Bridgwater & Albion 02-02-13
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As it happened

  • Bridgwater & Albion
  • Weston-super-Mare
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  • George Sparks Try 6:00'
  • Marco Oupuh Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Dave Burge Try 20:00'
  • Sylvan Edwards Try 28:00'
  • Shaun Eaton Try 33:00'
  • Ash Russell Try 40:00'
  • George Sparks Try 44:00'
  • Sylvan Edwards Try 48:00'
  • Chris Young Conversion 49:00'
  • David Swann Sub Off 50:00'
  • Steve Donegan Sub On 50:00'
  • Luke Blizzard Sub On 57:00'
  • Ross Bennett Try 57:00'
  • Sam Smee Sub Off 57:00'
  • Paul Sprague Sub On 65:00'
  • Marco Oupuh Sub Off 65:00'
  • Dave Burge Sub Off 65:00'
  • Craig Withers Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Young Sub Off 68:00'
  • Craig Withers Try 68:00'
  • Dave Steele Sub On 68:00'
  • David Price Sub On 68:00'
  • Matt Burns Sub On 68:00'
  • Paul Morrissey Sub Off 68:00'
  • Phil Hobbs Sub Off 68:00'
  • Penalty Try 75:00'
  • Luke Blizzard Conversion 76:00'

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