Exceptional 15-man display by Weston

Chris Young.

Chris Young. - Credit: Archant

Weston gave an exceptional display of 15-man rugby to defeat Coney Hill 88-10.

Coney Hill 10 pts

Weston 88 pts

Weston travelled to Gloucester without some of their more seasoned players who have fallen foul to this season’s club injury jinx.

However what was witnessed in the next eighty minutes was nothing short of exceptional 15-man rugby.

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Making their debuts in the starting line-up were 18-year-old lock Callum Kingscott and replacement wing Benbobson Fondu, aged 17.

Straight from the kick-off, left wing Matt Watkins set off on a powerful run which resulted in a penalty which centre Glenn Dickson dispatched with aplomb.

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The hosts restarted and found themselves near the Weston line, but Weston stole the ball and a delightful chip and gather by Dickson led to flanker Rich Bignell and outside centre Chris Young putting Watkins away on a blistering run, which ended with the winger crossing wide out.

Watkins then came in from the blindside on another run that nearly led to a scor, but for a sloppy pass. Weston stole the home line-out however and Dickson put Young in under the sticks. Dickson converted and repeated the act when Watkins, full-back George Chapman and lock Bryan Webb combined to put Bignell over.

Fly-half Dan Lomax, who was in imperious form, got in on the act with another long-range effort in which he produced outrageous dummies on his way to scoring. Dickson again converted as he did with Young’s second and a score for Webb. Lomax crossed for a second time as Coney Hill’s defence crumbled.

The biggest smile of the day came when Fondu was introduced in the 30th minute and when Young fed the winger just outside the visitors’ 20-metre area, the debutant went on a mazy 70-metre run to the line to score with his first touch at first team level. Dickson converted all these scores to push Weston over 50 points before the break.

Coney Hill did cross the Weston line on the stroke of half-time and they also did on the stroke of full-time, but in between there were further scores for prop Rich Ford No 8 Paul Morrissey, who also had a fine game all round, as well as right wing Mitch Salisbury, a second for Watkins and a thoroughly deserved hat-trick for Young, whose distribution and decision making all afternoon was of the highest quality. Dickson converted one more before leaving it to Lomax to convert the final three tries.

This was an outstanding performance against an admittedly struggling side, but it was a performance which will give hope for the future with Kingscott also having a fine game on his debut.

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