Seasiders put up excellent show against the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:31 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 23 February 2018

Robbie Mackay.

Robbie Mackay.

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Weston put up a excellent showing against league leaders Dings, earning a losing bonus point in the process.

Dings 34 pts

Weston 26 pts

Weston travelled to Dings’ new ground in Frenchay full of high hopes and exacting expectations, but could only manage a bonus point in their defeat.

Weston’s pack was dominant in the set piece and they had the Dings forwards under pressure. Following a series of penalties at which Weston opted to scrum, the pressure was maintained and eventually the referee had no option but to award Weston a penalty try.

Weston looked in control and remained in the Dings’ half until 16 minutes when an error afforded the home side an opportunity to break out and they scored an unconverted try.

Weston kept up their work rate and had the league leaders contained within their own half for the next 15 minutes when a second error cost Weston dearly as Dings scored near the posts. With the try converted Dings reached half-time with a narrow lead.

The opening minutes of the second half saw a close contest, but it was Dings who got on the scoresheet when Weston infringed at the breakdown and they kicked a simple penalty.

From the restart, Weston regained possession and struck back following some great interplay between forwards and backs and returning centre Huw Morgan sliced through the defence for Weston’s second try and with Mackay converting the lead wa a single point with half-an-hour to go.

Weston had a nightmare 14 minutes when three errors gifted chances to Dings and they turned these into scores. With 12 minutes remaining it looked as though Weston might crumble, but the whole team showed great character.

A terrific forward drive and a well-taken line-out catch and drive saw veteran David Bird touch down a for a trademark try. Mackay’s conversion narrowed the gap and almost from the restart Weston pressed again.

They worked the ball through a number of phases and span the ball with great speed and precision. Robbie Mackay took the final pass from Young at full tilt and scored a great bonus point try. The conversion attempt, which would have put Weston close at six points adrift, was narrowly missed.

With just three minutes left, Weston attacked again but could not find the necessary gap and the ball was scrambled away by the Dings defence and the game was over.

Weston put up an excellent show against the runaway league leaders in front of a large crowd who were in full voice as they celebrated the opening of their brand new state of the art facility.

Weston are still dangerously close to the relegation zone, but must have confidence on the basis of this performance that they can secure enough points from their remaining games to avoid the drop.

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