SW Rugby January Tribute team of the month
Weston Wanderers have continued their fine run of form to go to ten wins on the bounce and propel themselves up the table to 3rd place. The frustration that had the fixture earlier in the season against Walcot been fulfilled (win, lose or draw), then the Wanderers would now be in 2nd! A fantastic turnaround from a bit of a stuttered start to the season.
In fact, Weston Wanderers have been given the accolade by South West Rugby as of team of the month for January! This is across all rugby clubs / teams playing the entire South West… fantastic effort gents, keep up the sterling work!
Shared resources – With Tor 2s unable to field a team against Weston Development and Bristol Barbarian 2s only having 11 players with them, it was an afternoon of sharing resources. Despite all of the changes it was an enjoyable afternoon for everyone involved. Weston evened the numbers up, but the result was never in doubt. All credit to the Baba’s lads who turned up and played till the end though, and also to the 6 Weston players who played 40 mins each for them. First half tries for Aaron Solomon (2), Nick Hawken, Dan Prime and a penalty try but only 1 conversion left Weston 29-0 up at half time. Clearly the Development regulars taking charge on behalf of the Wandies.
The second half resumed where the first had left off. Tries for Dan Prime, PJ Grimes and Dave Steele (hattrick) with conversions added by Solomon and Steele (2) leaving the Wandies at 60 points. Baba’s scored 2 tries of their own, including one by Simon Hudson… no it doesn’t count towards your try count stats for the season Kung Fu! One conversion and the final score 60-12. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and lots of praise to the regular Development lads who scored the lion’s share of the Wandies points. It’s clear why you’re flying high in Somerset 2 South… a credit to Bushy and the club.
Well stuck at it Norton… – Both sides fielded strong teams for what was to determine who was above who in the table by the final whistle. The early exchanges as per usual, with both sides testing each other out, however from about the 12th minute Weston dominated the possession for the rest of the half. Ross Bennett who had been away on holiday filling in at 10, ran the show well, with debutant Finley Nash providing the service at 9. Weston’s “older” pack have been very dominant recently and young Finley enjoyed an armchair ride at times, releasing the backs at will. The first score came through Callum Kingscott who has spent the past few months side-lined through injury… didn’t stop you going on a couple of holidays though mate! He broke a few tackles down the short side and crashed over. Conversion missed by Bennett. Next up was Denning, who was the recipient of a driving maul over the Norton line. This time Bennett converting. The last score came from Paul Morrissey (who decided to turn up this week ?), and he drove over from short range. Extras added by Bennett and it was 19-0 at half time. A very dominant and complete first half performance.
Roll on half the subs and the lads resumed where they’d left off. The next score was one of the best tries I have seen this season, rounded off by a prop of all players!! The ball being passed out to Bennett who fed Middlemiss, back inside to Bennett, on to the effervescent Denning, who drew and passed to Tory Hannam… and with 3 on 1 against the fullback he set Aaron Solomon on a 15 yard trundle to the line. Superb, champagne rugby keeping the ball alive. Unfortunately Bennett spooned the conversion wide! Remainder of the subs on and the Norton players were struggling to keep up. Middlemiss next up with some well worked play and finishing off, conversion added. Finley Nash was the last to score on 60 minutes with a trademark scrum half snipe and burrow. Being 4 foot 2 and 8 stone wet, he slipped through the gap nicely! Extras added by Bennett, 36-0… essentially game over.
However, WELL STUCK AT IT Midsomer Norton! Two late on tries for your endeavours. Firstly, their strong number 8 broke a couple of tackles to drive over. Then their fullback, who was a very useful runner, cut a perfect line through the Weston defence to run in from 60 metres out. Disappointing to concede, but overall a great team performance.
Straight 10 – Weston visited Gordano 2s seeking revenge for a rather poor display earlier in the year at home where they leaked 50 points. However, this time round it was very much roles reversed. Gordano (under Messrs Hurd and Burge) have been going well with their 1s this season and have a very busy schedule with some important matches coming up. They were able to rest the majority of that squad, but best of luck with the S.West Vase Semi-final this weekend lads.
Weston’s pack, who were all over 30 years old, were in their ever-dominant form. Kung Fu adding to his growing pushover try tally with another carbon copy. Oliver Caton returning from injury missing the conversion. Next up was Ben Cradock with a driving maul and again Caton appearing to have left his kicking boots at home. Unfortunately, one of the Gordano players then suffered a nasty injury, which meant having to relocate the game to the neighbouring pitch… speedy recovery young man from all at Weston. Next to score was Kirk Middlemiss who ghosted through their backline on first phase ball. Caton this time converting. The bonus point score was added close to half time when a stolen lineout fell to Harry Nash who bundled his way over from short range. 22-0 at half time.
Second half and Gordano had a few strong players and tested the Weston defence, but it managed to hold firm. Next to score was young Finley Nash who is enjoying life behind a pack who are all nearly old enough to be his dad! No, he’s not the love child of Harry…!! Stephen Donegan went on a standard bulldozing run through a few would be tacklers. Hauled down just short for Nash (junior) to pick and dive over. Caton adding the extras. He was on the scoresheet again after great hands from Middlemiss, Denning and Caton released Fin to score his 3rd try in 2 matches for the Wandies. Definite Green Diesel for you soon mate! Caton converting.
James Parker has come on leaps and bounds this season having been brought along by Lewis Hancock and then just left with us whilst Lewis swans off to North London for his new job at Saracens… congrats Lewis! Parker continued the trend and brought a couple of workmates with him, Mike who more regularly plays at Cheddar and Adam who hadn’t played since school. It was the latter who was next on the scoresheet. Some strong play gave him the ball in a bit of space. He cut a great line back inside and beat 2 defenders to dot down. Caton back to missing. Taff Darren Doughty then threw his best pass of the game… straight to their player to run in and score under the posts! Cheers Taff, although the funniest part was how sheepish his face was when he looked up at the lads on the sideline reeling with laughter at his misfortune. The final score went to Harry Nash finishing off continued pressure. The ref blew up slightly early due to the injury delay, which was a shame as we had a 5m scrum that could have taken us to 50 points.
However, all round enjoyable afternoon for the lads… and maintain the continued winning run. Ten wins from ten now and up to 3rd in the league. Keep up the great work lads.