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1st XV - Match centre

Weston-super-Mare RFC
North Petherton
J Woodland (3), M Watkins, O Caton, G Chapman, R Bignell
Full time
G Chapman (6)
Fri 13 Oct 19:30 - Friendly

Springheeled Jack scores hat trick in impressive Weston display

Seasiders defence of county cup commences in impressive style

Weston fielded a side with a number of players who have regularly been on the fringes of the first team and they repaid the faith and aspirations of the club and coaches with an energetic display of great rugby with the ball being worked to the wide channels as often as possible.
Weston were on the attack from the kick off and worked the ball through three phases before attacking down the left wing. Winger Troy Hannam got the ball inside to Jack Woodland in support and his speed and swerving run took him past the remaining defence to score the opening try. Chapman made the conversion.
Weston defended well, turned the ball over and set up another series of attacks and Woodland applied the finishing touch to score his second try. This time the conversion attempt hit the upright.
Attacking again from the kick off Weston ran the ball well and there was a tremendous surging run from loose head prop Ramaz Rukhadze, who was to trouble Petherton with the power of his running throughout the game. This time the ball was worked to the right and after some very skilful passing exchanges Watkins crossed out wide for Weston’s third try. Chapman’s conversion hit the upright again but this time the ball went over and Weston had a comfortable lead at 19-0.
North Petherton finally began to exert some pressure of their own and they had the better of the exchanges in the last ten minutes of the half and in time added on for injury bundled over for a try at the posts which was converted.
Weston’s discipline deserted them in the opening ten minutes of the second half and they gave away several penalties , two of which were converted to bring North Petherton within six points at 19-13, but this was as close as they were to get.
Weston re-established control; and Woodland was on hand to rescue a ball from an untidy line out. He made ground and when tackled laid the ball back neatly. Two phases later he was on hand to take a short pass and drove over scoring as he stretched out for the touch down, thus completing his hat trick. Chapman’s conversion was good and Weston continued to apply pressure form the restart.
Great forward work brought Weston close to the line and another short pass came to Bignell who forced his way over near the posts. Chapman got the extras and Weston had opened up a twenty point lead.
A further out break of indiscipline saw replacement scrum half Bennett sent to the sin bin and Petherton exerted pressure from the penalty. They drove relentlessly at the Weston line but the defence of the home side was superb and they eventually turned the ball over and regained possession. Instead of kicking for touch the Weston backs opted for adventure and a long pass was picked out by North Petherton who had just 10 metres to go to the try line for a consolation interception try. They made the conversion but from there on, despite being down to 14 men the game was all Weston.
An enterprising chip by Chapman to the wing was missed by winger Watkins but the bounce was kind and the ball was collected by Chapman and he scampered through the remains of the defence to score near the posts, converting his own try.
In time added on another sweeping move by Weston’s backs was finished by Caton who scored Weston’s seventh try and Chapman converted to bring his personal tally to 17.
Weston will be pleased to have got through what might have been a very tricky encounter with old rivals North Petherton who played with great determination right up to the end. Weston’s strength in depth has been tested and been found up to the task.
This game was very special for club stalwart Matt Burns who played in the centre tonight and has played wing and full back. This was his 65th first team appearance and earns him his club badge. The club congratulates him.
Mike Bennett who hails from the same area of New Zealand as head coach Glenn Dickson made a very creditable debut at tight head prop.
Weston return to the league campaign next Saturday with an away fixture to Bristol side Cleve in the South West Premier League.

Key moments

5:00
Try Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
6:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
15:00
Try Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
16:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
35:00
Try Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
36:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00
Try Matt Watkins scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
41:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
55:00
Try George Chapman scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
56:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
60:00
Try Rich Bignell scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
65:00
Try Ollie Caton scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
66:00
Conversion George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC

Highlights

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70:00 Sub On
Hayden Tuttiett is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
70:00 Sub On
Dan Lomax is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
70:00 Sub Off
George Chapman is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
70:00 Sub Off
Jack Conway is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
66:00 Conversion 47 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
65:00 Try 45 - 0
Ollie Caton scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
60:00 Try 40 - 0
Rich Bignell scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
56:00 Conversion 35 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
55:00 Try 33 - 0
George Chapman scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
50:00 Sub On
Billy Kirk is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
50:00 Sub Off
Jacob Cox is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
50:00 Sub Off
Callum Kingscott is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
50:00 Sub On
Rich Bignell is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
41:00 Conversion 28 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub On
Ollie Streeter is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Try 26 - 0
Matt Watkins scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Ramaz Rukhadze is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub On
Sam Coles is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Mike Bennet is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub On
Ed Hunt is substituted on for Weston-super-Mare RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Mike Hocking is substituted off for Weston-super-Mare RFC
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 21 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
35:00 Try 19 - 0
Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
16:00 Conversion 14 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
George Chapman kicks a conversion for Weston-super-Mare RFC
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Jack Woodland scores for Weston-super-Mare RFC
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As it happened

  • Weston-super-Mare RFC
  • North Petherton
  • 0
  • Jack Woodland Try 5:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 6:00'
  • Jack Woodland Try 15:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 16:00'
  • Jack Woodland Try 35:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 36:00'
  • Matt Watkins Try 40:00'
  • Ramaz Rukhadze Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mike Hocking Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mike Bennet Sub Off 40:00'
  • Sam Coles Sub On 40:00'
  • Ed Hunt Sub On 40:00'
  • Ollie Streeter Sub On 40:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 41:00'
  • Rich Bignell Sub On 50:00'
  • Billy Kirk Sub On 50:00'
  • Jacob Cox Sub Off 50:00'
  • Callum Kingscott Sub Off 50:00'
  • George Chapman Try 55:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 56:00'
  • Rich Bignell Try 60:00'
  • Ollie Caton Try 65:00'
  • George Chapman Conversion 66:00'
  • Jack Conway Sub Off 70:00'
  • George Chapman Sub Off 70:00'
  • Dan Lomax Sub On 70:00'
  • Hayden Tuttiett Sub On 70:00'

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