Combined Winscombe team lose out

Somerset Under-17 boys.

Somerset Under-17 boys. - Credit: Archant

A joint Winscombe Under-16 and 17 team took on their counterparts from Midsomer Norton.

WINSCOMBE Under-16s combined with their Under-17s for an away match at Midsomer Norton, who had also combined their two age groups.

With the wet, cold and muddy conditions, the game was going to be based around the forwards. Norton, with a much heavier pack, dominated in the scrums, but Winscombe held their own in the rucks and mauls.

Norton had much of the possession in the first-half and Winscombe found themselves defending their line on many occasions.

George Harrison finally showed Norton a muddy pair of heels as he sprinted into their half and offloaded to Joe Duran. Unfortunately, Duran was unable to capitalise on the breakaway.

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Winscombe continued to defend well until Norton scored two tries in quick succession.

Norton scored again at the start of the second half, despite Winscombe continuing to defend valiantly against generally bigger players. The visitors regrouped and Joe Duran powered his way through the defence, but was unable to ground the ball.

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Winscombe finally looked to have scored, but the player was judged to have gone into touch before the ball was grounded. Combe had several further breakaways and near scores, but were unable to make them count.

Josh Hunt followed up a chip through at great pace, but was bundled off the ball just short of the line. However, Combe continued to battle on in the atrocious conditions and to defend their line stoutly with some great tackling, Sam White was especially noteworthy in this respect, but Norton were unable to break through again as they won 19-0.

HORNETS Under-15s outplayed North Petherton and raced into a 17-0 lead in the first-half.

Tries came from Ed Mann, Nick Hitchens, Callum Leonard. Scrum-half Casper Harriott ran the show with some great kicking out of hand.

Front row Ieuan Walters, Ethan Haris and Lewis Rickwood were awesome and the back row of captain Hitchens, Leonard and Tom Bailey managed to turn the ball over with ease. Backs Charlie Camper, Sam Forster and Josh Cooke were solid in defence.

In the second half, Hornets scored two more tries through Cooke and Bailey.

Man of the match was Ieuan Walters.

WESTON Rugby Club would like to congratulate six of its junior section coaches, who have completed and passed their RFU Level 1 course.

Adrian Cunnington, Dave Beard, Adam Barnes, Phill Morgan, Gary Moore and Harry Spedding, have all put a great deal of effort into three weekend’s of training. This hard work from the coaches highlights the efforts put in at the club to continuously improve the junior sections coaching abilities and maintain a high standard of coaching at all levels.

FIVE Weston lads represented Somerset in Sunday’s game against Cornwall. Sol Ward and Tom Sugg from Weston, Will Brimble, Billy Phillips and Ash Locker from Hornets, all played in the 10-0 defeat in atrocious conditions at Gordano.

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