Match report by Richard Walsh
Bridgwater got their 2016-17 campaign off the a flying start with a comfortable home victory over Matson who were unbeaten throughout the whole of last season.
The hosts were in ascendancy from the off and after just five minutes a driving maul on Matson’s 22 metre line resulted in Bridgy skipper Ollie Dunn touching down for the first try of the season, which sadly went unconverted.
The visitors responded strongly and were awarded a penalty on 11 minutes which fly half Reece Boughton slotted home.
Bridgwater continued to put some good moves together and just before the 20 minute mark a good three quarter movement saw centre Garryn Basson going over for a try, which made the score 10-3.
Matson kept themselves in the game with another penalty kicked by Boughton three minutes later.
Just before half time a great movement involving the Bridgy three-quarters ended in the hands of winger Kyran Devitt who challenged by the Matson full back kicked the ball over his head and re-gathered it before touching down to make the half time score 15-6 to the hosts.
Bridgwater kept up the pressure in the second half and just after quarter of an hour’s play they were rewarded with another try from a driving maul, this time from second row forward Ethan Trebble-Westlake, which went unconverted.
The hosts were reduced to 14 men when back row forward Taylor Buller was yellow carded.
Restored to full strength Bridgwater scored once more when with two minutes left on the clock debutant Micky Norman went over and touched down for a try that Stuart Heal converted, making the final score 27-6 to the hosts.
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