Gordano Sharks run in 13 tries
Gordano Sharks 85 pts St Mary's Old Boys 2nds 0 pts - LEAGUE leaders Gordano made the most of the perfect playing conditions to thrill the crowd with a clinical demolition of bottom placed St Mary's.
Gordano Sharks 85 pts
St Mary's Old Boys 2nds 0 pts
LEAGUE leaders Gordano made the most of the perfect playing conditions to thrill the crowd with a clinical demolition of bottom placed St Mary's.
Full-back Matt Poulson opened the floodgates with a second minute penalty. The mobile Sharks pack overwhelmed their counterparts in all areas, claiming 10 of the games 13 tries.
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The back row trio of Matt Wiltshire (1), Mike Yandell (1) and Ben Harvey (2), doing the first half damage.
Poulson added another penalty and two conversions to take the home side into a 30-0 half time lead.
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It was one-way traffic in the second period, with tries coming thick and fast, courtesy of Alex Underwood (1), Nick Stratton (1), Ben Gilmore (1), Leon Blackman (1), Matt Poulson (1) Mike Yandell scoring his second, and another three touchdowns for Ben Harvey, taking his personal tally to five. Poulson added five more conversions to complete the rout.
Flanker Ben Harvey's outstanding performance, including his five-try haul, earned him the Black Horse Inn man of the match award.
Old Colstonians 20 pts
Gordano Sharks 13 pts
UNDER the lights of St Mary's Old Boys' Trench Lane ground, Gordano faced the defending Vase champions and Gloucester Premier League leaders Old Colstonians.
The Sharks, missing several regular players shocked their opponents with a second minute try.
Fly-half Aaron French pounced on a fumbled ball and fed centre Dean Ashfield, who made ground before off-loading to wing Nick Stratton, to burn off the defence.
This stung the opposition into a purple patch, in which they scored three good tries, one converted to give them a deserved 17-5 half time lead.
The second half belonged to Gordano, with the Colstonians pack seemingly stuck in reverse gear at scrum time. The Old Boys tested the referee's patience for some time before he produced a yellow card for killing the ball.
This was soon followed by a straight red, for foul play. Unfortunately Gordano's numerical advantage was immediately taken away with the referee indicating that for the remainder of the game there would be non contested scrums.
The next phase of play saw a Colstonians player go down with a broken leg. Both teams retired to the warmth of the changing rooms, while the ambulance came onto the pitch to take the unfortunate player to hospital.
The match was resumed some 30 minutes later, with just six minutes remaining. Colstonians struck a penalty, which was cancelled out by Gordano's Simon Childes with the last kick of the match.
Best wishes from all at Gordano to the injured player for a swift and full recovery.
Twelve more Gordano RFC coaches completed the RFU Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA) recently to make Gordano the most referee-qualified club in Somerset.