Nandos Plate success for Weston juniors

Weston Under-14s.

Weston Under-14s. - Credit: Archant

Weston Under-14s tasted success as they lifted the Nandos Plate in a competition held at Filton SGS College.

Weston Under-14s travelled to Filton SGS College to take part in the 10-a-side Nandos Cup tournament, competing against 12 teams.

Weston got off to a slow start against Brendon Star with a score of 3-1. Next up was last year’s winners of the cup, Dings, who scored first. Brooklyn Chamberlain’s powerful surge evened the scored, Weston’s only draw of the day.

The third match against touring team Dartford A saw them score three tries, while Weston were unable to score.

The first win of the day for Weston was against St Mary’s Blues. The team worked well together to allow two tries from Dom Marshall, two from Kyron Pearce and tries for Harry Strutt and Toby Maleham. Final score was 6-2.

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The last of the pool games was against Old Cryptians, which saw further tries from Dom, Kyron and Brooklyn making the final score 5-2.

With two wins, two losses and a draw, Weston went through to the semi-final for the Nandos Plate against touring Dartford C. With great tackling from Toby Maleham and good defensive work by Joe Connolly and Tom Biggs, Weston were able to score four unanswered tries.

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This put Weston through to the Plate final against Brendon Star, the team who Weston played first. Weston scored first through Kyron Pearce, before Brendon Star equalised. Dom Marshall scored a further two and another from Harry Strutt made the final score 4-1 as Weston took the honours.

Thanks to Filton College for hosting the event where some players watched the final of the cup (Dings and Worcester) at Ashton Gate at half-time between Bristol and Cornish Pirates.

Weston Under-11s made the short trip to neighbours Clevedon, determined to improve on the previous week’s performance.

Weston’s first try came from Kurtis and a steady stream of tries followed from Ryan (3), Brett, Luke (2) and Louis giving a final 9-8 result to Weston.

Both sides showed some excellent rugby with well contested rucks, strong tackles and impressive runs. Man of the match - for the first time, the whole team.

Having all given their mums breakfast in bed, he Under-8s travelled to play Clevedon on Mother’s Day.

They started slowly on a heavy pitch and Clevedon quickly opened up a two-try lead. However, Weston soon woke up and started to defend ferociously.

Great tagging from Sam Bishop put the pressure back on Clevedon and several turnovers resulted in two tries for Charlie Calcutt and four for Josh Kaschek, allowing Weston to win the first match 6-3.

The second encounter proved a much closer affair and both sides showed good running skills as they exchanged tries.

Weston scored through Josh, Joly Gaulton (2) and Corey Morrissey, set up by some determined running from Lissy Rogerson and Will Stiddard. The whole team defended well to keep Clevedon at bay and ran out 4-3 winners.

Game three saw Weston find their rhythm and show a real desire to win. Always first to pounce on the loose ball and quick to spot the interception, they scored several breakaway tries through Oliver Morgan and Josh (2). Samuel Morgan added another two tries, with Corey and Cooper Boyd one apiece, bringing the tally to seven in reply to two from Clevedon.

The final match saw Clevedon put in another excellent display of running and passing rugby. This was matched by Weston, especially Adam Donachie, whose excellent running set up tries for Cooper (3) and Charlie. Abi Brown ran well all day and was rewarded with a try in the corner, but this was not enough to prevent Clevedon winning this match 6-5.

Hornets Under-15s travelled to Keynsham looking to continue where they left of last week.

With several changes to the team, they were a little slow to settle, however, once they did they put together an excellent team performance to win 39-5.

Forwards Jack Swain, Cort Carpenter and Tom Howling creating a solid platform and Harry Williams and Josh Edwards constantly punched holes in the Keynsham defence.

Nathan Langdon and Ayden Chenoweth linked together in loose superbly and Ollie Forte carried well. The backs were able to work with clean ball ably fed by half backs Matt Ogbourne and Tom Cattermole.

Luke Collins and Rhys Clarke were solid in the centre and wingers Ethan Loveridge and Harley Royle both took their opportunity to produce good performances.

After the break, replacements Bradley Lucas and Charlie Fairhurst directed play well, Will Durston and Quentin Querl worked hard, as Jacob Johnson in the pack.

They managed to score seven tries, with Josh Edwards scoring two, Harry Williams, Rhys Clarke, Ayden Chenoweth and Quentin Querl one apiece, with two converted by Charlie Fairhurst.

The final try was the most popular as Harley Royle scored his first for the club, much to the delight of all the players, coaches and parents.

Special mention to Tom Howling who had a great game and new player Ollie Forte, who is learning quickly.

Playing on the first team pitch, the Under-13s and Burnham provided a superb game of junior rugby.

Fast hands from scrum-half Tasker, saw Goddard storm his way to the line to open the scoring, with Tasker converting. Burnham came back with a try as Hornets edged it at half-time.

The second half saw Hornets’ patience pay off as Crowley stormed through for a try, which Tasker converted and soon after Tasker kicked a penalty to make it 17-5, before Burnham hit back with a converted try.

Joint men of the match were Crowley and Tasker.

The Under-10s faced Avonmouth at The Nest and were able to field three teams of eight.

All three teams played well, looking to pass the ball wide and contesting the rucks and mauls. This enabled Hornets to score at regular intervals throughout the games.

Avonmouth manfully stuck to the task in hand and in each game managed to get on the scoresheet.

What was great to see was all 24 players contributing during their time on the pitch, with everybody being involved throughout the games.

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