Weston United held in high-scoring encounter

PUBLISHED: 10:51 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 November 2018

Rugby.

Rugby.

Archant

Weston United hit back to earn a draw in a high-scoring encounter at Bristol Harlequins.

Bristol Harlequins 41 pts

Weston Utd 41 pts

When Weston had secured a bonus point after only half-an-hour through some thrilling running and passing, it looked like a rout might be about to occur. How wrong they were.

Weston took an early lead through Mike McCarthy, but Harlequins drew level. Shortly after, Matt Watkins doubled the lead when he cut through at pace to score.

Fly-half George Chapman converted, but failed to do so soon after when flanker Ben Cox, consistently Weston’s best player this season crossed. His back row partner Jacob Cox scored almost straight after which Chapman converted and Weston could have scored a couple more in this period.

Then a collective switch clicked off and for the next half-an-hour through half time and beyond the hosts had a field day scoring try after try, not only from five-metre scrums after penalties were given away, but also by non-existent tackling all over the field.

Replacement centre Seb Harris cut the lead at one point, but Harlequins took a 10-point lead into the last seven minutes. Lock Ross Chesher scored late on and on the stroke of time, centre Archie Tilsley crossed just to the right of the posts.

It would appear that Weston had got out of jail, but in a way Chapman’s poor attempt summed up the afternoon and perhaps a draw was a fair result.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

08:23

There are few stories better known than the birth of Jesus.

Read more
06:55

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton

People living in Highbridge could lose their community’s library as early as next month.

Read more
Highbridge
46 minutes ago

A former teacher who taught at a school in Uphill is hoping to reconnect with former pupils and staff.

Read more
09:53

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton
Yesterday, 19:46

The king of rock ‘n’ roll Elvis Presley’s greatest hits will be brought to life again in Weston this month, with one of the best tribute acts in the country taking to the stage.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:31

Prime Minister Theresa May has handed Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose a role in Government.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

An East Brent woman has been given an award for service to the community.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:58

Five pubs in Weston have been recognised for their excellent real ale selection by being included in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) 2019 Good Beer Guide.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Model railway enthusiasts gathered in Highbridge to spend the day indulging their passion.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists