Gordano finish on a high note
Old Culverhaysians 5 pts Gordano 73 pts - GORDANO wrapped up their Somerset League 1 campaign with 11 tries on windswept Odd Down in Bath.
Old Culverhaysians 5Gordano 73GORDANO wrapped up their Somerset League 1 campaign with 11 tries on windswept Odd Down in Bath. Old Culverhaysians, blown away by the Sharks' unrelenting assault through forwards and backs, must be must be sick of the sight of the black and red shirts. They had lost 81-5 at Caswell Lane in November. This was the first XV's 12th successive league win and as emphatic a performance as they have managed all season. Although unable to improve on third place, it confirmed Gordano as the league's form team in the second half of the campaign.Again, the forwards not only established a powerful ball-winning platform, but they handled and ran with purpose and panache. Similarly, the backs were secure in defence and incisive in attack.The rout began after just two minutes with an unstoppable run by centre Dean Ashfield. Soon after, Jack Thomas was unleashed down the left wing and Marcus Stratton carried powerfully to the posts before No 8 Gerry Creber eventually forced his way over.Jack Hendy, a late switch from centre to open side flanker, supported intelligently to cross twice in three minutes, although the Old Boys scored their only try in between, taking advantage of a brief lapse in concentration at the restart.Ed Whittaker's opportunism earned a fifth try for Gordano on the half hour, the scrum-half tapping a penalty and racing 40 metres to the posts.Although hooker Kevin Instance was sin-binned just before the break, Ashfield added another try early in the second half after Hendy sprinted clear.Lock Matt Rollings touched down for a seventh when the Old Boys' scrum was shoved off the ball under their own posts and full-back Jarvis Walters brought up the half-century on the hour.Fly-half Tim Coughlan counter-attacked cleverly to create the ninth try for front row forward Kevin Instance and Thomas got on to the scoresheet before laying on the final try for Whittaker. Coughlan's conversion was his ninth from 11 attempts.For the record, Gordano won 17 of their 22 matches in the league and lost five - all in the first half of the season. They scored 705 points with 304 against.