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BARFC 3rds, 25 Somerton 19 (06/10/14)

| 06/10/2014 | Reply

Albion’s 3rd XV personnel availability was again swollen to 25 players last Saturday – a bit different to the 17 of the previous week but equal to the turnout two weeks ago.  Whatever next?  This naturally entailed some changes in the side with those filtering down from the 2nd XV slotting in and playing for their places above.  Yet more returnees from the wilderness – this time Habberfield – former Colt – and Lloyd Steward – a member of the famous rugby footballing family.  In addition, Young and Rood – also former Colts – suddenly reappeared. 

Somerton were led by Richards – a former Albion 3rd XV centre/winger.  Somerton arrived with mixed results but had given the league leaders Wyvern a good game the week before. 

Albion set out their stall in the opening minutes when great work by Mordzynski, Satchell, Saunders and Barnett took Albion deep into Somerton territory.  From a line-out the traditional catch and drive saw Buller crash over for the opening score.  Immediately afterwards Buller’s burst at midfield put Albion back on the attack.  In the 10th minute once again their build up was good and Saunders was sensationally freed in the clear as a bemused Somerton defence checked whilst the referee deliberated on obstruction – there was none and the score stood.  Somerton hit back mainly due to the excellent play of their stand-off whose long break spelt danger for Albion but an offside relieved pressure.  Collins showed that he could also make breaks and from a further penalty, Albion kicked to touch and the catch and drive this time produced a try for the only member of the front row who had not scored already – Ruddle – to crash over triumphantly.  Page converted well from a wide angle.  In the 33rd minute the backs this time took place deep into Somerton territory and the fourth catch and drive of the afternoon saw Satchell crossing for Albion’s fourth try and bonus point.  Albion’s attempt to close down the remainder of the first half failed as Somerton hit back with a try in the corner right on half-time which was excellently converted.  22-7 it was and Albion looking to prosper. 

Albion were immediately offside from the second half kick-off but Somerton missed an easy penalty.  Excellent drives from Mordzynski, Buck and Satchell took Albion back on the attack and Page kicked a penalty to increase the lead.  Johnson who was making his debut in the centre burst through strongly on more than one occasion and Albion had a try by Barnett disallowed for a forward pass.  With 20 minutes left it was Somerton who stepped up the play when the magic feet of their standoff twinkled through the Albion defence – the second such break producing a fine individual try.  Seven minutes later, Somerton burst over with half the Albion defence expecting a knock on infringement but no whistle came.  Page had the alertness to charge down the Somerton attempted conversion which may have proved vital.  Somerton buzzed trying to get the goal which would have secured victory but Albion just about held them out. 

A fine game – almost one of two halves.  Once Somerton had got to grips with Albion’s forward power and realised that using their backs may be a better option, then the game came alight but Albion had just done enough in the first half to secure the points. 

Team:  Habberfield;  Frost  Johnson  D Steward  Barnett;  Collins  Page;  Mordzynski  Satchell  Clarke  Buck  Lipscombe  Saunders  Buller Ruddle.  Replacements: Used – L Steward  Coates  Moulding  Gibson.  Unused – Berry  Knott  McCarthy  Pearce  Young  Rood. 

Scorers:  Tries – Buller  Saunders  Ruddle  Satchell.  Conversion – Page.  Penalty – Page. 

H-T  22-7.

Category: 3rd Previews / Reports -XV, 3rd XV News

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