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1st XV - Match centre

Weston-Super-Mare
Newton Abbot
R Bennett (2), S Eaton (2), M Watkins (2), H Somers, H Jones (3), J Arnold, P Morrissey, G Sparks
Tries
J Mackay (9)
Conversions
Sat 26 Jan 14:30 - SSE RFU National League - SSE National League 3 South West Full time

Seasiders score 'lucky' thirteen tries in awesome performance

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A season's best display sees Weston reverse their earlier loss v Newton Abbot. Full match report by Tony Russell, photos courtesy of Andrew Collins

No one saw this one coming!. Games between the two sides have been traditionally close, with honours about even, and fifth placed NAB had inflicted Westons’ first defeat of the season at their ground in October and according to the press, arrived full of confidence that the double was a realistic goal.
Nothing was farther from the truth as the home side, playing their best rugby seen for many a year, scored thirteen tries in a performance that must have delighted the decent crowd.
The recent bad weather had rendered the main pitch unplayable and the game was moved to the second team pitch on Drove Rd. which was in excellent condition.
Weston took the lead after three minutes with a corner try following good back play and an elusive run from Jones, who could doubtless have scored but instead offloaded to full back Bennett for a gift from a metre out in his 100th. game. Mackay converted into the tricky wind with an excellent kick, the first of his nine successes.
The visitors responded five minutes later. Protracted pressure following a line out on Westons’ five metre line eventually resulted in a score for Mortimore which Avery –Wright was unable to improve upon. The score stayed at 7-5 until the twentieth minute, with no sign of the carnage that was to follow.
NABs’ scrum appeared solid enough and possession was equal although Westons’ forwards and backs were beginning to make inroads, working in tandem with a high speed, close supporting game, keeping the ball alive. Eaton scored followed by a Watkins touchdown in the corner, and his second followed on the stroke of half time for the bonus point try and a 26-5 lead.
The home side wasted no time after the restart. Burge found himself in acres of space after the play had moved from side to side, and the agrophobic hooker sold an outrageous dummy to create a run in for Somers, one of three possible recipients. Bennetts’ scored his second three minutes later following a sublime off load from Watkins to ease Weston out to 38-5. The next 15 minutes brought a hat trick for Jones on the other wing with tries on 50, 55 and 65 minutes, all converted to move the score on to 59-5.
The visitors, to their credit battled on but every time they tried to progress, they ran into an impenetrable defensive wall as Weston seemed to have players all over the park, and when they attacked, there was always a support runner to take the offload and create space.
Eaton scored his second after 69 minutes. Three minutes later visiting scrum half Newman squeezed over for a seven pointer as NAB visited the Weston end, but the home side responded on the restart. The ball was won and in a backs move reminiscent of a French side of the 70’s, Arnold shot over in the right hand corner for arguably the best try of the day in his final game before emigrating….a fitting farewell.
Morrissey joined the try scorers after 75 minutes and Sparks after 78 minutes to complete the Weston scoring.
Newton had the last word with a last minute try as the visitors revisited Weston territory and Newman benefitted from a huge hole that had appeared in the defensive wall….for the first time on the day…something for the coaches to work on ?!!!
No man of the match! No names no pack drill! This had been a total team effort with backs and forwards interacting. The passing along the line was crisp and accurate, the running lines were good, and the forwards set piece was as solid as ever combined with a tremendous work rate in open play. Wouldn’t it be good to see this every week!

Weston team.. Bennett, Watkins, Smee,(Arnold), Edwards, Jones, Mackay, Waldon, Swann, Burge, Hobbs (Donegan), Somers, Russell, Eaton, Morrissey, Sparks (Glen).

Key moments

2:00
Try Ross Bennett scores for Weston-Super-Mare
3:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
20:00
Try Shaun Eaton scores for Weston-Super-Mare
21:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
26:00
Try Matt Watkins scores for Weston-Super-Mare
36:00
Try Matt Watkins scores for Weston-Super-Mare
37:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
41:00
Try Harry Somers scores for Weston-Super-Mare
45:00
Try Ross Bennett scores for Weston-Super-Mare
46:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
48:00
Try Harry Jones scores for Weston-Super-Mare
49:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
52:00
Try Harry Jones scores for Weston-Super-Mare
53:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
63:00
Try Harry Jones scores for Weston-Super-Mare
64:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
66:00
Try Shaun Eaton scores for Weston-Super-Mare
67:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
72:00
Try James Arnold scores for Weston-Super-Mare
74:00
Try Paul Morrissey scores for Weston-Super-Mare
75:00
Conversion James Mackay kicks a conversion for Weston-Super-Mare
77:00
Try George Sparks scores for Weston-Super-Mare

Videos and photos

WsM v Newton Abbot 26-01-13
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As it happened

  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Newton Abbot
  • 0
  • Ross Bennett Try 2:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 3:00'
  • Shaun Eaton Try 20:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 21:00'
  • Matt Watkins Try 26:00'
  • Matt Watkins Try 36:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 37:00'
  • Harry Somers Try 41:00'
  • Ross Bennett Try 45:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 46:00'
  • Harry Jones Try 48:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 49:00'
  • Harry Jones Try 52:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 53:00'
  • Harry Jones Try 63:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 64:00'
  • Shaun Eaton Try 66:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 67:00'
  • James Arnold Try 72:00'
  • Paul Morrissey Try 74:00'
  • James Mackay Conversion 75:00'
  • George Sparks Try 77:00'

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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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