Weston Colts retain their county title by one point

PUBLISHED: 17:22 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

WESTON Colts retained the Somerset Cup in a thrilling encounter at Bridgwater. Wiveliscombe started the stronger and following a series of catch and drives from line-outs eventually crossed wide out, the impr

Weston Colts 13 pts Wiveliscombe Colts 12 ptsWESTON Colts retained the Somerset Cup in a thrilling encounter at Bridgwater.Wiveliscombe started the stronger and following a series of catch and drives from line-outs eventually crossed wide out, the impressive Wiveliscombe fly half converting.After taking all that Wivvy could throw at them, Weston came back into the game when fly-half Ben Main chipped to the left corner for leading try scorer Chris Young to snaffle a try wide out.In an entertaining game, the score somehow stayed that way until shortly after half time when outstanding scrum-half Ross Bennett broke blind and put a high kick in which flanker Paul O'Connor caught on the full to go over.It was all Weston now and with the pack beginning to dominate, the backs had the opportunity to put the game out of sight.However, the colts like to make a game of it and despite a penalty by replacement fly-half Harry Warman, Weston allowed the opposition back into the game when Wiveliscombe broke through the Weston defence and gained a line-out near the Weston line.They scored from a catch and drive and could have taken the lead but the conversion was missed. An anxious couple of minutes then passed before Bennett ushered the ball out and to the great relief of Weston the ref blew the whistle to signal wild celebrations.For Weston, the front row of Ollie Martin, Tom Wheatley and David Price were all over the pitch and put in some great hits and Martin was impressive with the ball in his hands as was Wheatley's line-out throws.Captain Simon Hudson and James Stewart were their usual workhorse selves in the second row and the back row of Steve White, Paul O'Connor and Tom Main were outstanding, with O'Connor just nicking the man of the match performance from scrum-half Ross Bennett, who is looking a class act.In the backs, Ben Main orchestrated proceedings well before giving way to Warman. Inside centre Henry Monelle had his usual tidy game and outside centre Mark Preston's strong running caught the eye. The back three of Chris Young, Ben Cox and Ged Gibson worked as a unit all evening and were very impressive, as was replacement wing Matt Lewin, who replaced Cox and made a series of outstanding tackles near the end.Weston Colts 12 pts St Mary's Colts 13 ptsWeston lost their semi-final of the Bristol Combination Knockout Cup, but only after a second half onslaught on the opposition.Weston weren't at the races in the first half and soon found themselves down by eight points. However, their legendary defence held for the rest of the half and they eventually started playing some rugby themselves.Weston moved wing Marc Preston to the centre and this seemed to inspire the lad who scored two tries in quick succession. The first when he barrelled his way through four players to touch down and the second following a neat pass from Chris Young.Fly-half Ben Main converted one of the tries, but it wasn't enough as St Mary's scored near the end to claim an unlikely victory.

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