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| 16/01/2019

What a difference a week makes.

After the struggles of the previous Saturday followed by some stern words in the week that followed Albion’s wider squad responded well. Two hard, but rewarding, training sessions leading into the weekend were carried through; resulting in a performance that blew the opposition away from the first whistle.

From the off it showed that Bridgwater’s second string meant business with aggressive ball carrying and an equally dominant defence.

Wellington was struggling to deal with Albion’s big ball carriers, with Rob Thompson and Joe Bussell in particular doing massive damage to the defensive line.

Early on, Bridgwater were awarded a penalty in front the posts that was converted by Jon Hill.

Wellington could not cope with Albion’s relentless carrying and after continued pressure the try line was breached.

Not rolling over, Wellington came back fighting but Bridgy’s defence held firm and even when rarely the defensive line got broken, the desire to not let the opponents cross the whitewash was strong throughout the team with some excellent covering tackles being made; notably Simon Buck making some impressive hits.

A strong first half performance saw the try bonus point wrapped up by half time.

The second period continued in much the same vein; Bridgwater now starting to play more expansive rugby.

As a result wellington could do nothing to prevent attack after attack and inevitably their try line was crossed four more times.

Every credit must be given to Wellington, even after sustaining some injuries reducing the team, they never stopped coming at Bridgwater and it was them who were rewarded with the last and well deserved try of the game.

The referee brought the curtain down on a good afternoon for Bridgwater’s 2XV with the final score at 57-12 and a much needed 5 league points.

The spirit was high throughout the squad before, during and after the game with a huge sense of satisfaction and enjoyment returning to the dressing room at the conclusion of match.

Hopefully ‘the twos’ can now only look forward and continue to play the rugby everyone know they are capable of.

Thankyou to all the supporters who made their voices heard. Your continued support makes a big difference; I know the lads appreciate it.

A special thanks must go to Colin Ham who (along with daughter Sophie) spent the entire match chasing after and retrieving the match balls.

This coming Saturday Bridgwater and Albion 2XV host Castle Cary at College way, come along, have a drink and enjoy.


House, Brakes, Lang, Owens, Page, Hill, Drabble, Saunders, Greenslade, Phillips, Buck, Thompson, Hastie, Urbonas, Bussell.

Reps (all used): Coleman, West, Basson

Try scorers: Bussell, Saunders, Urbonas, Brakes, Page, Drabble, Hill (2).

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Category: 2nd Previews / Reports -XV

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