Fun in the sun at Wivvy
Wiveliscombe RFC 19 - Weston RFC 53
Match report by Kenny Braidwood
On a lovely sunny morning in Somerset, Weston ran in nine tries in a well contested game against a spirited Wivvy team. Wivvy struggled to contain the powerful runs of andrew turner, Dom Marshall, Kyron Pearce and Reef Morton which gave Weston control of the game for large periods of the match.
Weston built a lead with three tries before allowing Wivvy to get points on the board. Weston’s first try came after Wivvy conceded a penalty in midfield which was taken quickly and the ball was spun out to Kyron Pearce who fended off a couple of tackles to cross the line. Jack Press missed the conversion.
Next came two well taken tries by andrew turner; both saw him run hard at the opposition defensive line which was unable to stop him getting through to score. Jack Press scored one of the conversions. Wivvy were by no means out of the game and put together a couple of phases that took them to within striking distance of the Weston line. With the ball in their backs hands they forced their way across the whitewash. Conversion missed.
Weston’s first half scoring was finished off by Dom Marshall following good work in the ruck by Euan Braidwood which saw him turn the ball over and get it out to Marshall whose run cleverly cut through the Wivvy defence. Conversion missed.
Half time Weston 22 – 5 Wivvy
The second half saw Weston continue to pressure the opposition. From the kick off Weston got possession and Dom Marshall went straight through to score. Jack Press scored the conversion. It was back to andrew turner for Weston’s next try out on the left-hand side after the forwards had worked their way up the pitch.
Weston’s third try of the second half saw Kyron Pearce and Euan Braidwood combine well to disrupt a promising Wivvy move inside the Weston 22. Pearce kicked the ball clear up the centre of the pitch. The ball was collected by Wivvy but their player was tacked by the chasing Pearce who managed to rest the ball off the defender and off loaded to Braidwood who was well placed on his shoulder. After initially juggling the ball he got it under control and ran straight up the middle of the pitch to score under the posts. Conversion scored.
Wivvy continued to work hard and were rewarded with two converted tries before Weston struck back via Jack Press who picked up the ball from a ruck close to the Wivvy line and darted through to score. Conversion missed.
Weston’s final try was a fine solo run from Euan Braidwood who gathered a loose ball just inside the Weston half and despite pressure from Wivvy defenders he manged to break free and set his sights on the posts. With a chasing Wivvy player gaining ground Braidwood changed direction slightly which was enough to ward off an attempted tackle and he touched down under the posts. Conversion missed.
The game ended with Wivvy trying to make the last play of the game count by kicking a penalty for touch. Unfortunately their clever move from the lineout was snuffed out by Weston getting the player and ball into touch.
This was a good performance by all of the Weston squad against a sporting Wivvy team. Particular mention needs to go to the efforts of Joseph Connolly who was at every breakdown and stole the ball numerous times and also to Ben Mullin who put lots of pressure on his opposite number.
Man of the match went to second row Euan Braidwood whose tacking and work at the breakdown was impressive. His two tries came from good understanding in supporting the backs and spotting the opportunity to break the gain line.