League leaders prove too strong for Weston
PUBLISHED: 12:18 03 November 2017
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
League leaders Dings proved too strong for Weston in their latest South West Premier encounter.
Weston 3 pts
Dings Crusaders 30 pts
Unbeaten league leaders Dings were the visitors for Weston’s latest South West Premier clash.
The opening exchanges were even and Weston’s defence was rock solid and disciplined. They gave little ground and conceded no penalties, despite not having any meaningful possession.
When Weston did get the ball they attacked well and it really looked as though Weston’s backs could breach the Dings defence if they got enough chances.
The score was 0-0 after 35 minutes and Weston can be pleased with holding out the undisputed league leaders for this long, but eventually the pressure told and they conceded a penalty which was converted.
Despite the home side’s attempt to regain momentum it was Dings who forced a second penalty which resulted in another three points and a yellow card for full-back Chris Young.
In time added on, Dings scored in the corner and although the try was disputed, the score was allowed and the teams turned round with the home side trailing by 0-11.
Weston started the second half with much the better of the play. They carried well, looked after the ball and kept possession through numerous phases. Their sole reward was a penalty kicked by Dickson to pull back to 3-11, but their enterprising energy deserved more.
Despite having their best period of play, it was Dings who regained momentum and they scored an unconverted try to extend their lead.
Weston were dismayed when playing from advantage signalled by the referee they worked the ball wide for Watkins to cross for a try which was subsequently disallowed, and Weston were forced to settle for a scrum when they felt they had done enough to score and be within striking range.
In the dying moments of the game, Dings’ strength, pressure and determination allowed them to cross for two further tries and they ran out deserved winners by a rather flattering score line of 3-30.
There were many positives in the performance of the home side. They kept pace with the league leaders and kept their penalty count low, but in the end the visitors had just too much clinical resource available to them.