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Webb Ellis Somerset RFU Cup Quarter Final – Match Report – Bridgwater and Albion RFC

| 03/03/2022

Wellington RFC 25 – Bridgwater and Albion RFC -19

Bridgwater and Albion RFC are out of the Somerset Cup after they were beaten by local rivals Wellington in a game that was in the balance until the final whistle.

Heavy rain at Wellington RFC

After heavy rain the game was in doubt until it abated early in the afternoon and the pitch passed an inspection. However as soon as the game was given the go ahead the rain started again and the match was played in heavy drizzle on a muddy surface which made handling something of a lottery.
Wellington were in the ascendancy from the off and after five minutes they took the lead when Alex Davey slotted home a penalty.
Bridgwater made several forays into opposition territory but each time they were prevented from crossing the try line.

Strong run by Wellington Skipper

On quarter of an hour Danny Lee, the hosts skipper, made a strong run before off loading to Ashley Harney.  Harney then scored an unconverted try..
Wellington kept pressing forward and on the half hour their pressure was rewarded.  Martin Walker crashed over from close quarters to extend the lead to 13-0.
Bridgwater came straight back and just before half time after a good break down the left wing by Tom Croal.  They won a line out that resulted in Jay Owens going over for a try.  Kyran Devitt added the extras to.  The score was then 13-7 at the interval.
The visitors started strongly and added to their tally when Oskar wriggled over the line from close quarters.  This try to brought them to within one point of the hosts.

On the hour scores for Wellington RFC v Bridgwater and Albion RFC

On the hour Wellington had a line out close to the try line.  From the resulting maul,  Danny Lee went over for the first of his two tries.
The hosts kept up their charge forward to try to extend their lead.  Bridgwater then edged ever closer to the try line before Graham Slorance touched down which put the visitors in front for the first time.

Wellington RFC awarded scrum

The last 10 minutes of the game was end to end stuff.  With the clock ticking down Wellington were awarded a scrum five metres out.  This resulted in Danny Lee going over for his second try which Harney converted.
Bridgwater and Albion RFC came back strongly but in the end Wellington held onto win a thrilling cup tie 25-19.
1 James Palmer 2 Jordie Buller 3 Graham Slorance 4 Tom Hopkins 5 Rory Hobbs 6 Jake Roberts 7 George Sluman (Captain) 8 Rowan James 9 Jake Knight 10 Jay Owens (Vice-Captain) 11 Kyran Devitt12 Richard Bright 3 Oskar White 14 Tom Croal 15 John Rogers 16 Gavin Knight 17 Ethan Trebble-Westlake 18 Taylor Buller 19 Jon Hill 20 Stuart Heal 21 Lewis Plece 22 Karolis Urbonis
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