Weston junior fall just short in high-scoring defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:50 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:50 09 November 2018

Hornets Under-13s.

Hornets Under-13s.

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Weston Under-13s conceded a late try again Dings Crusaders to lose 40-35 in a hard-fought match.

Weston Under-13s travelled to Dings Crusaders for a testing fixture against a strong team with a large pack and were narrowly beaten in a high-scoring match.

Weston started the stronger with some great off-loading and running rugby by Sam Slingsby and Finn Evans leading to Ben Crook touching down for his first score of the day.

Weston continued to pile on the pressure with great defensive line speed by Harry Collard, Henry Ward and Tom Collard. Good forward play and a great pass from Collard set Crook up for his second of the day.

Dings battered the Weston line but were held up through some dogged defence by Alfie Parsons and Mckenzie Appleton. Will Bamsey was also putting in a shift in both attack and defence and made the first of many try saving tackles to keep Dings at bay.

Against the run of play, a great handling move in midfield by Ben White and Collard put Crook into space for him to finish from halfway, who soon again.

The scoreline was clearly in Weston’s favour but injuries and discipline at the breakdown were mounting significantly as Collard left the field with an injury

From the resulting break in play, Dings opened their account with a try on half time.

After the break, a strong run by Will Bamsey saw him held up just short of the line, but Weston quickly recycled for Crook to score in the corner. Dings had started stronger in the second half and scored another try.

Will Bamsey made significant in-roads in the Dings defence and after an off-load by Charlie Beal, Bamsey raced upfield to dive over for a try.

The size and physicality of the Dings team and injuries were now taking their toll and Dings scored three quick fire tries of their own.

Weston battled on with Ben Donachie, Ben White, Finn Evans and Sam Slingsby putting in a shift and setting an example to others.

Strong rucking from Dings continued and the dam broke with Dings running in another three tries late in the game to make it 35-35 all.

Weston fired back with Bamsey, Parsons, Appleton and Roman Osborne linking well to set up Crook, who was held up just short of the line. Dings turned the ball over at the breakdown and went over in the corner for the match-winning try.

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