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BARFC 2s 24 – Cheddar 9

| 27/01/2019

The seconds secured a hard fought bonus-point win to continue their recent run of form. The seconds put out an experienced team led by their inspirational leader Bryan ‘no arms’ Webb. After an early team meat to discuss tactics, his message to the boys was clear; ‘if we don’t give away any penalties, we’ll win by 50 points.’

After this inspirational pep talk the boys came out firing. Playing with the wind first half Bridgwater flew to a 12 point lead in the first 10 minutes with some fantastic phase play. Celebrating Australia day in style, Bridgwater’s token Aussie opened the scoring with a lovely dummy to sell a couple defenders and drop down in the corner. Matt ‘lend me a fiver’ Hastie showing that his brain is still sharp, even though his legs certainly aren’t. House picked up Bridgwater’s second, hitting a great line in midfield and dotting down by the posts. Miraculously managing to do so without knocking himself out.

However, at this point Webby’s wise words seemed to have been forgotten (mainly by himself). Bridgwater spend the rest of the first half giving away a reported 17 penalties. Like a true captain Webby led the way with 8 himself. As a result Cheddar picked up points and took their shots on goal, meaning at half time the score was 12-9.

The second half began with Bridgwater spending the next 20 minutes deep in their own half with some excellent defence. Gav ‘the gob’ Knight did his usual bit of socialising, resulting in 10 minutes for being too friendly with the other team. G also decided to join him after a ‘slightly’ high tackle. After a long time defending, Bridgwater eventually got some ball and after several breaks out wide eventually got the ball to House who dotted down for his second try out wide. With the score 17-9 the Cheddar heads went down and Bridgwater enjoyed some possession for the first time in the match. After loitering on the right wing for most of the second half, Webb decided to chip in and grabbed the bonus point try for Bridgwater just before the end of the game.

This really was a great result for the boys. Having very little possession and defending for long periods of time, Bridgwater were clinical in their finishing and managed to get a result despite not being at their very best. This bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Team; Hill, Tregenna, Basson, House, Brakes, Thomas, Drabble,Webb (c), Urbonas, Hastie, Buck, West, Norman, Knight, Saunders. Replacements (all used); L Phillips, J Phillips, O Phillips.


Tries: Hastie, House (2), Webb

Cons: Thomas (2)

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Category: 2nd Previews / Reports -XV

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