Jones’ hat-trick inspires the Seasiders

Youngster Harry Jones scored a hat-trick of tries to help destroy Oxford Harlequins.


WESTON 90 pts

IN the 32nd minute at North Hinksey, Harry Jones scored a try to put the Seasiders 29 points ahead, and by the hour mark, the young centre had completed his hat-trick as the Quins were put to the sword.

It was the second time this season that Weston had racked up 90 points, the first being against Maidenhead in September. On that occasion their opponents had replied with a solitary try. But this time there was no reposte from the hosts.

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The Seasiders had never done all that well at Oxford in the past. But last Saturday there was no doubt about their superiority which started in the fourth minute when a strong drive to the posts by prop Phil Hobbs was finished off with a try for his brother, flanker Kevin.

No 8 George Sparks was next, three minutes later, when he ran in from 25 metres. James Mackay converted both scores and the visitors were on their way.

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Hooker David Burge then scored a brace of unconverted tries from line-out drives provided by Ashley Russell and Sparks before Jones’ first score.

Just before the break flanker Grady Wright touched down and skipper Gavin Simpson’s perfect delivery sent replacement wing Matthew Watkins on a 70 metre run to the posts to take the interval score to 0-43, Mackay having added three more conversions.

Wing Sam Smee was on the scoresheet with two tries early in the second half before Jones completed his hat-trick.

In the 54th minute Sylvan Edwards put his co-centre through a gap and on the hour, Mackay’s crossfield punt from a free kick saw the 19-year-old gather to score easily.

Watkins was soon scoring his second try, closely followed by the hard-working Edwards, and in time added, another drive was completed by replacement prop, veteran Mark Matthews. Mackay’s 10th conversion followed.

Weston: R Bennett (S Smee 66), S Smee (J Arnold 47), S Edwards (G Wright 72), H Jones, J Arnold (M Watkins 31), J Mackay, D Waldon, S Donegan (M Matthews 74), D Burge, P Hobbs, A Russell, G Simpson (c), G Wright (K Hobbs 66), K Hobbs (S Eaton 52), G Sparks.

Weston are now the highest points scorers in National 3 South West with 461 from their 10 matches. They have also conceded the least (151).

The 1st XV do not have a match this Saturday, but the United host Stothert & Pitt at the Recreation Ground (2.30pm).

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