Clifton RFC 44 – 10 Weston-super-Mare RFC
Weston stutter in first game of 2018
Match report by Kenny Braidwood
For their first game of 2018 Weston under 16’s made the short trip up the M5 to Bristol to play Clifton RFC. Missing a couple of key players Weston could not capitalise on the industry of the forwards in a game where all of the Weston team had a good game but just could not link their individual efforts into a coherent and sustained threat to the Clifton line.
Both teams started brightly and it was Clifton who were first on the score board with two well taken tries, only one of which was converted. There then followed a lengthy period of the half where neither team could quite establish dominance. The game was being played between both teams 10 meter lines with the defences cancelling each other out.
Finally a period of Weston pressure saw them gain good position with a line out of the Clifton 5 meter line. The ball was secured from the line out allowing the forwards to put together a good rolling maul which ended with Billy Howells touching down for the try. Conversion was missed.
Weston were limited to only a couple more potential scoring opportunities in the first half. Ben Mullins carried well and at one point looked like he was going to break through the Clifton defence only for him to be brought down 3 meters short. This was soon followed with a clever interception by Euan Braidwood which saw the forward dash from half way towards the Clifton line. Unluckily for him the Clifton defence reeled him in on the 5 metre line and the ball was lost.
The first half came to end after a lengthy halt in play following some poor discipline from both teams.
Half time Clifton RFC 12 – 5 Weston-super-Mare RFC
The second half saw Clifton take the game away from Weston with a further five tries. At least two of these tries were gifted to the opposition when Weston players stopped playing while they waited for referring decisions to go their way – which they didn’t.
Weston’s only try of the half came after Clifton had put a further 14 points on the board. The try was a repeat of that in the first half. Once more the forwards controlled a strong rolling maul to get Billy Howells over the white wash for his second try. Conversion missed.
Clifton secured the game with a further three tries in the last 10 minutes of the half.
Man of the match went to Charlie Raisey for another good display where his tacking and carries gave Weston periods of forward momentum and his tackling in defence was sound.