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1st XV - Match centre

S Smee, M Oupuh, D Swann, D Waldon, G Sparks , A Russell, R Bennett
J Mackay (4)
J Mackay
Sat 15 Dec 14:00 - SSE RFU National League - SSE National League 3 South West Full time

Weston gain business like win over basement club


Match report by Tony Russell

Weston duly completed the double over basement club Maidenhead, scoring seven tries in the process although it was much more competitive than the 90-5 result achieved at home back in September.
The hosts opened the scoring after four minutes with a penalty from fly half Virgo for their only score of the match, but the visitors responded five minutes later when centre Smee collected Mackays’ exquisite chip without breaking his stride to open the WSM account. Mackay converted. Ten minutes later, excellent handling by the backs created space for right wing Marco Oupuh who brushed past the cover defence for a fine try.
Maidenhead then enjoyed their best period, pressuring the Weston line but unable to cross in spite of the fact that Sparks had been yellow carded, to be followed four minutes later by a home forward. Referee Sarah Cox immediately restored the home numerical advantage when visiting prop forward Hobbs was also invited to take a ten minute rest, but on the stroke of half time, the Weston six pushed the home seven over their line for Swann to touch down. Mackay converted to bring up a 19-3 half time scoreline.
The lead was increased by three points a minute into the second half with a Mackay penalty, and on 54 minutes, another forward surge created space for a converted try for scrum-half Dan Waldon. Flanker George Sparks was next on the scoreboard with a pushover try by the pack after 62 minutes as the home side started to wilt, once again converted to increase the lead to 36-3, and this was increased seven minutes later when second row Ash Russell crashed over following his own catch at the line out. The seventh try came in the 75th. minute courtesy of centre Sylvan Edwards to complete the scoring.
There were only 4 Maidenhead names recognisable from the side of two years ago, and therein lies their problem. It’s difficult, even at this level, to be competitive using Academy (albeit Wasps) youngsters and Mark Mueller can’t go on for ever. One hopes that they can survive. It’s a sociable club to with a charming committee and friendly people. There are far worse places to be!!!

Weston team…Bennett, Oupuh, Smee, Edwards, Watkins, Mackay, Waldon, Swann, Burge (c), P.Hobbs, Somers, Russell, Sparks, K.Hobbs, Morrissey. Subs (all used) Eaton, Arnold, Donegan.

Key moments

Try Sam Smee scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Try Marco Oupuh scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
Try David Swann scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
Penalty James Mackay kicks a penalty for Weston-Super-Mare
Try Dan Waldon scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
Try George Sparks scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
Try Ash Russell scores for Weston-Super-Mare
Try Ross Bennett scores for Weston-Super-Mare
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As it happened

  • Maidenhead
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • 0
  • Sam Smee Try 10:00'
  • Marco Oupuh Try 15:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 16:00'
  • George Sparks Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Phil Hobbs Yellow Card 35:00'
  • David Swann Try 39:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 40:00'
  • James Mackay Penalty 41:00'
  • Dan Waldon Try 47:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 48:00'
  • George Sparks Try 55:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 56:00'
  • Ash Russell Try 65:00'
  • Ross Bennett Try 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Irish Wild Geese 26 117
2. Exmouth 26 107
3. Weston-Super-Mare 26 93
4. Newton Abbot 26 90
5. Redingensians 26 87
6. Chippenham 26 80
7. Brixham 26 77

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