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St Ives 44 – BARFC 30

| 01/12/2018

South West 1

Bridgwater and Albion put up a fighting performance and scored two late tries on their first visit to St Ives for many years but at the end of the game it was the hosts who ran out the winners.

Despite kicking into a strong wind on the host’s hilltop ground Albion had the best of the early exchanges and took the lead thanks to a Stuart Heal penalty.

On 10 minutes St Ives grabbed the lead when following a line out close to the try line in the right hand corner Martyn Lawrence crashed over to score.

Almost from the kick off Will Monro collected the ball in his own half and made a great solo break through the middle deep into St Ives territory before he was tacked just short of the line. Bridgwater maintained the pressure and on 13 minutes Ollie Dunn scored a try in the left corner. 

St Ives re-claimed the lead five minutes later thanks to a try from hooker Rob Elworthy which Dan Magee converted, however a Heal penalty awarded for a high tackle narrowed the gap to just a single point.

On half an hour Jamie Prisk scored in the right hand corner following a rolling maul shortly after which Magee slotted home a penalty. 

In the dying seconds of the half home skipper Tom Nicholas hacked the ball over the Bridgwater try line and it was Magee who won the race to touch the ball down to make the score 25-11 at the interval.

St Ives extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Rob Elloway scored an unconverted try to make the score 30-11.

Bridgwater came back strongly and on the hour were rewarded when Taylor Buller scored a try on the left which Heal converted.

St Ives quickly returned into Albion territory to score a try through Prisk which Magee converted, to make the score 37-18.

Bridgwater were reduced to 14 men when Bryan Webb was yellow carded and during his absence prop Ben Jenkins scored a try between the posts which Rhys Brownfield converted.

Five minutes later St Ives had a player sent to the sin bin soon after which Niell Bezuidenhout crashed over for his maiden try for the visitors which Heal converted.

Bridgwater weren’t done yet and almost with his first touch replacement Gavin Knight picked up a loose ball on the right and ran to the line before scoring a try, making the final score 44-30.

Bridgwater and Albion-

Craig Blyde, Matt Ranson, Niell Bezuidenhout, George Musgrave, Dan Kemmish, Jack Musgrave, Ollie Dunn (capt), Taylor Buller, Tom Fournier d’Able, Stuart Heal, Ryan Barnett, James Collings, Rob Gurnett, Richard Bright and Will Monro.

Replacements – all used- Gavin Knight, Bryan Webb and Matt House. 

Category: Previews / Reports -XV

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