Seasider held to a draw after holding half-time lead
PUBLISHED: 10:38 29 September 2017
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
James Mackay kicked a penalty with the last play of the match to earn Weston a draw away at Bracknell.
Bracknell 23 pts
Weston 23 pts
Weston travelled to Bracknell with hopes high of getting their first win of the season. The team were delighted to congratulate Paul Morrissey as he made his 100th appearance for Weston in this game.
Almost from the kick-off, Weston’s backs were on the attack and the move broke down due to a high and dangerous tackle on Young for which the Bracknell No 8 Hala’ufia was sent to the sin bin.
Weston were attacking well and a series of phases and recycled ball saw Tuttiett cross for a try converted by James Mackay. Weston squandered several more chances to score tries, but had to be content with two penalty goals from Mackay to go in at half-time with what looked like a comfortable 0-13 lead.
Weston seemed to be asleep in the opening exchanges and a combination of missed tackles, and poor kicking for territory allowed Bracknell to score a penalty and two tries in an eight minute spell which saw them take the lead by 15-13.
Bracknell went further ahead with another penalty with a quarter of an hour gone and then another try following poor tackling which gave Bracknell a 10-point lead with just 20 minutes remaining.
Despite captain Coles being yellow carded for a team offside offence, Weston clawed their way back into the game. With Rukhadze at loose head, the Bracknell scrum remained under pressure, but the referee failed to penalise the home front row who wheeled or stood up at every scrum.
Following rapid recycling and swift passing, Young scored a well-taken try, converted by Mackay. Weston came close twice more when Jones knocked on a chip and chase as he crossed the line and another chance was missed when Young failed to gather the ball when Weston broke free on the narrow side after a scrum.
Mackay kicked a penalty on the stroke of full-time to level the scores and despite valiant efforts, Weston were unable to capitalise on position and possession and the game finished as a draw.
Jacob Cox who came into the side at late notice for the injured Tom Crossman and made his debut as a replacement for Rich Bignell, who needed treatment for a hand injury. He put in a good shift and tackled well.
Weston should be disappointed as they had the better of the game and they gave away a lead by failing to concentrate when Bracknell applied good pressure just after the break.
Weston continue to give away far too many penalties and were adjudged on no less than 12 occasions to have infringed. They will also feel that they gifted at least two tries to their opponents and probably left 20 points on the park unscored.