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Tor RFC 1st XV v BARFC 2nd XV 12-17 – Saturday 7th of October

| 20/10/2017


  1. Dave Norman
  2. Gav knight
  3. Brett Shaw
  4. Doug Page-Symonds
  5. Simon Buck
  6. Matthew Hastie
  7. Mike Saunders
  8. James McLauchlan
  9. Jon Hll
  10. Jay Owen
  11. Karolis Urbonas
  12. Joe Bussell
  13. Dan Lang ©
  14. James Brakes
  15. Dan Page


  1. Scott Woolford
  2. David Hughes
  3. ——————

Bridgwater and Albion 2nd XV travelled away to nearby Glastonbury to take on Tor RFC 1st XV in what was a must win game for the Albion outfit, having struggled in the early part of the season with injury and availability issues, a dogged team performance was needed to put the team back on track and get some momentum into the squad heading into the next fixture, another must win game against Stothert and Pitt RFC.

With a much changed side from the previous week Albion headed into the game with much confidence despite not carrying a full squad and several players only arriving 10 minutes prior to kick off, a strong squad, bolstered by some returning faces, made sure a hard thought win came to fruition giving the team a much needed boost.

From the kick off Bridgwater were keen to move the ball and make use of debutant centre Joe Bussell who made large in roads into Tor’s defensive structure creating some space out wide, exploited perfectly by the likes of skipper Dan Lang and Mike Saunders throughout the game. The Albion pack had a clear advantage at set piece with a wealth of experience driving forwards and putting the home sides scrum under severe pressure, the rewards were reaped with numerous penalties awarded to Albion which were dutifully knocked into touch by Owens and Hill for large territorial gains, the resulting driving lineouts made for even more gain as Tor struggled to stop the very effective drive, leading ultimately to a try for Gav Knight before the half, converted by Owens.


As the game resumed, Tor rejuvenated from the break, found their way over the line twice in quick succession from some sloppy tackles coupled with two scintillating runs from the Tor fullback and great support play took the home side ahead 12-7. The rest of the game was a blur, with dominance in the forwards Bridgwater kept trundling onwards, leading to a try for Bridgwater’s stand in 6 Matt Hastie in the final quarter of the game, unfortunately the conversion attempt went awry. With they’re forwards under sever pressure Tors backline started to function and began moving the ball more easily probing gaps in the defence which were shut down as quickly as they appeared by a bristling Bridgwater working overtime without possession

With less than 10 minutes to play the Bridgwater pressure paid off in the form of 2nd Matt Hastie try, linking with Jim Mclauchlan whose deft pass from the base of a muddled scrum close to the line allowed Hastie to roll under the posts untouched to reward some good pressure from the visitors, Hill added the conversion which would seal the game.

The final phases of play saw the home side hold out against a determined and skilful opposition whom they stopped from getting the 4th try bonus point they were hunting. Final score 17-12. With a week off this week for all senior teams, the 21st of October sees the return of rugby to college way with the 2nd XV taking on Stothert and Pitt, a win will see Bridgwater clear from the bottom of the table and give cadence to the rest of the season

Category: 2nd Previews / Reports -XV

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