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BARFC Dirtrackers 0, Somerton RFC 46 (09/11/13)

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Albion’s Dirtrackers welcomed David Norman back to the fray following injury and fielded Bertonshaw at standoff for the first time this season.  Unfortunately Albion failed to heed the lessons they should have learned at Morganians the previous week in trying to take on a pack of forwards which was much bigger than themselves.  As a result, when the ball went into contact it was often lost and in the set scrums, Albion were invariably shoved off their ball unmercifully and their usual source of possession was therefore disrupted. Nov13-3RDS-_4243

Somerton took this game by the scruff of the neck from the start and by the 17th minute had effectively won the match as they scored three goals.  In the very first minute Albion dropped the ball from the kick-off and from the resulting scrum the visitors’ scrum-half broke blind and linked with his centre who zoomed in to the posts.  In the 7th minute Bertonshaw’s half break showed some promise for Albion but they turned over the ball and the Somerton backs contrived to put their other centre in for the second try.  Ten minutes later Albion lost the ball after a line-out and then at the next scrum from which the visitors’ scrum-half ran through unopposed.  All three tries were converted and the score line of 0-21 confirmed the early play. 

It was not until the 22nd minute that Albion finally reached the Somerton 22 but as they chose to take on Somerton’s heavier forwards, there was slow headway.  Albion then lost Bertonshaw to a leg injury, although he returned to the field later.  Play now however was becoming more even and Albion managed to quell Somerton’s vigorous play.  In the 27th minute good handling from the Somerton outsides took them back on to the attack.  On the half hour mark Somerton shoved Albion off the ball at a scrum and a neat switch between the Somerton half backs saw their stand-off race over.  Four minutes later the visitors’ forwards bumbled up field and bulldozed their way over for their fifth try to bring the half-time score to 0-31. 

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Like the previous week, Albion improved considerably in the second half – they had to but after making good ground they again lost the ball in the loose and allowed the visitors’ strong running backs to take play back to the other end.  Albion’s defence just held and penalties relieved several desperate situations.  In the 51st minute the Somerton wing broke away to score in the corner.  Albion again managed to regather themselves and to keep the opposition quiet but Somerton added two further late tries in the 70th and 75th minutes to record a resounding victory. 

Despite the considerable efforts of Gibson and Buck and Innalls for Albion, this preponderance of relying upon the driving maul against bigger opponents simply will not work.  Frost had his moments from full-back, often joining in the forward play, which is of course his normal forte.  Outside Albion will be disappointed with some of their defence, notwithstanding the high quality of the visitors’ backs. 

The league now takes a rest on 16 November and an opportunity for the Dirtrackers to rather and to be up for the local derby at Taunton on 23 November. 

Team:  Frost;  McCarthy  Rogers  Coates  Knott;  Bertonshaw  Page;  Gibson  C Norman  Huntley  Innalls  Buck  Ruddle  D Walker  Harbour.  Replacements – all used – Berry  Goddard  Tidball  Jones  T Walker  D Norman.

H-T 0-31.

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