Fine defensive display rewarded with 11th victory of the season

Hayden Tuttiett.

Hayden Tuttiett. - Credit: Archant

A fine defensive display by Weston was rewarded with their 11th victory of the South West 1 season.

WESTON 37 pts


A splendid defensive effort during the whole of this match was eventually rewarded with Weston’s 11th victory of the season in South West 1.

Every member of the team played their part in the rearguard action which was necessary during the first hour of the match and it was appropriate that two members of the back row, Richard Bignell and Paul Morrissey should be the scorers of the Seasiders’ fourth and sixth tries.

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The third back rower was skipper George Sparks, who came back from a fifth minute yellow card to lead from the front in his 250th first team appearance.

Teignmouth and their bulky pack had pressed from the start and their fourth driven line-out was rewarded with skipper Colin Aldworth’s try.

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But Weston responded immediately with Hayden Tuttiett’s clean break and three phases later, wing Chris Young was sent in at the right corner.

Another line-out drive by the visitors produced a try for Pete Parsons which Dan Force converted, but Dan Lomax’s 20-metre penalty brought the score back to 8-12.

However, in first-half time added, Weston took the lead which they were never to lose.

From a five-metre scrum on the Teignmouth line, the ball was kicked towards Matthew Watkins on the blind side for the wing to speed in at the left corner, and 60 seconds into the second half they were heading for victory.

A drive by the pack preceded a well-worked try for full-back Ross Bennett, the score being converted by Glenn Dickson who came off the bench following a 10-match absence with a knee injury.

The hosts were fortunate when Force failed with a penalty from in front of the posts, but the writing had already appeared on the wall when their scrum had begun to wilt.

Although the visitors were still in the match due to their dominance at the line-out, Weston’s higher fitness levels were now clearly visible and the tries by Bignell and Morrissey, and, in between, Young’s second, gave them a deserved victory.

Dickson’s conversion of Young’s try took him to 101 points for the season.

Weston: R Bennett, C Young, H Morgan, K Middlemiss, M Watkins, D Lomax, H Tuttiett, R Ford, M Hocking, O Streeter, A Glen, A Russell, G Sparks (c), R Bignell, P Morrissey. Reps used: S Coles, R Johnson, G Dickson.

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