Priory enjoying successful season

JUNIOR RUGBY - PRIORY School Year 8 rugby team, currently having a successful season with wins against all other school teams in the Weston schools area, with shirts sponsored by Auto wholesale.

PRIORY School Year 8 rugby team, currently having a successful season with wins against all other school teams in the Weston schools area, with shirts sponsored by Auto wholesale.

Many of the players also play for Hornets Under-13s who are also having an excellent season

HORNETS Under-14s started the stronger on a wet and muddy pitch with good quick ball from the forwards allowing the backs to pass the ball along the line for Dan Sanders to score a unconverted try in the corner.

Hornets applied more pressure and two more unconverted tries from Dan Sanders and one from Liam Mclaughan which was converted by Will Powell gave them a 22-0 half-time lead.


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The second half started the same with Hornets scoring a late converted try for a final score of Gordano 7, Hornets 50, with two more tries from Dan Saunders, two from new boy Ryan Brewer and four conversions from Adam Francis.

WESTON Under-10s, led by Jessie Dadds, in the first of two close games against Nailsea..

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Weston came out on top with a 25-20 win with two tries for Eddie Davies and one each for Jack Howard, George Bamsey and Archie Tilsley.

For the first time this season, Weston were pushed hard in the scrums, but with some great play by Sam Kerrigan, Dan Press and Jimmy Bamsey they came out on top.

In the second game Weston won by 30-20 with a brilliant hat-trick for George Bamsey, two fine tries for Finley Hardy and one well deserved try for Sam Kerrigan who worked hard all morning.

Weston's Herbie Corderoy, Jessie Dadds and Tom Chambers made some fine tackles, Jack Howard and George Bamsey showed what strong players they are, and with great support play by Finley James, Jonny Hale and Adam Rogerson, Weston took their second win of the morning.

The Under-17s secured their place in the Bristol Combination Cup final, defeating Winscombe 24-3 in a pulsating encounter.

The visitors started brightly and their pressure paid off as Weston conceded several penalties, one converted to make the score 3-0 in the first five minutes. Weston's response was immediate with the forwards, led by the front row of Chris Smith, James Disney and Tobi Koiki dominating their counterparts forcing mistakes which led to two penalties being converted by George Kimmins.

With the line-out working well, jumpers Chad Smit and Kane Hawkins secured clean ball, Weston were on the ascendency but could not find the points their pressure deserved.

Weston's back three of Kye Williams, Mikey McCarthy and James Cook kept the Winscombe attack at bay, resulting in half time score of 6-3, both teams closely matched.

Winscombe started the second half putting Weston under pressure, but a stern home defence held firm and rallied, causing the visitors to make mistakes which resulted in a penalty which Kimmins converted to make score 9-3. The home side mounted several attacks with Oli Caton at the helm and after a great tackle from Toby Zahiri-Sellers, Lewis Hancock and Tom Robinson counter rucked to produce clean ball for Will Hooper who offloaded to Darran Burns who set off on a mazy run from inside his own half to pop the ball to McCarthy who scored in the corner; converted by Kimmins.

Winscombe's discipline started to crack with two players sin binned and they paid the price as Kimmins slotted over another penalty and with only 13 away players on the pitch. Weston raced away down the wing with McCarthy popping to Zahiri-Sellers in the corner to complete the scoring. Weston now play Midsomer Norton in the final.

Weston would like to thank their shirt sponsors Papa's Fish and Chip Shop who have kindly sponsored them this season. Sponsors man of the match goes to the whole team for their display.

WINSCOMBE Under-12s treated their coaches to the best team display they have put together so far this season on their visit to Clevedon.

Jack Capon was set up to score by Alastair Crossley, who smuggled the ball from a maul and carried it almost to the line before off loading and Howard Payne converted. Winscombe's next score came from the pack again, as Howard broke free from a maul and resisted three tackles, leaving Jordan Blackwell to convert.

Clevedon's strongest spell of play followed this score, culminating with a penalty five metres out, but a formidable tackle from William Appleton kept them out.

Josh Stanton Humphrys responded bravely to some pressure on his wing during the second half, and Isaac Bradshaw Down worked hard at the rucks to keep the quick ball coming.

With Chantelle Miell only able to support from the side line, Cameron Galloway put in a promising performance. Scott Bradley took advantage of some space created by a maul and passed to Reuben Kouidri who dragged the play left, and a series of good passes then saw the ball to William Brown, who cut inside to score his debut try which Jordan converted.

Under significant pressure, Cameron won the team a 22 drop, which Scott grubbered to himself. The ball went through lots of hands, eventually ending up with Reuben, who used serious gas cross the line. Scott converted bringing the scoring to an end with Winscombe 28-0 up.

Man of the match was a tight call, but was awarded to Jordan Blackwell who combined enthusiastic pick and go play with good feet and some excellent passing and all carried out with determination.

The Under-11s travelled to Clevedon, whose own pitches were waterlogged so the teams adjourned to the well-drained, but sloping, pitches at Clevedon School.

The first match was played between Clevedon and Winscombe's tournament squad. The home side, playing down the slope, immediately went on the attack. Winscombe were initially forced to put all their skills into defending their line. Gabe Bell tackled well and Lewis Yallop made a great pick-up and pass out to Matt Cottington.

Winscombe then drove play back into the Clevedon half. Good rucking and mauling put Clevedon under pressure, but the half ended without a score.

In the second half Winscombe had the advantage of the slope and started in determined mood with a great darting run from Thomas Amer and made the most of the opportunities given them by the home side.

A knock-on by Clevedon led to a Winscombe scrum from which a great pass out from Tom White released Gabe Bell to penetrate deep into the Clevedon defence. The attack was then taken up by Josh Hunt whose run along the wing ended just short of the line, but Joe Duran was on hand to pick up and go over to score the first try of the day, converted by Will Macarthur.

Following the restart a good thrusting run from Joe Duran took play deep into the Clevedon half, Joe Hartshorne made a slick pass to Thomas Amer who was tackled into touch. Joe Duran neatly collected the ball from the ensuing Clevedon line-out and drove through the defence enabling Henry Joyner to go over for the second try, converted by Joe Hartshorne.

Winscombe's third try came following a great clearance kick from Will Macarthur which went into touch five metres from the Clevedon line. A poor Clevedon kick following their line-out was caught cleanly by Joe Hartshorne who scored. Unfortunately he was unable to convert his own try. Final score: Clevedon 0 Winscombe 19

A second game was played involving Winscombe's developing players and other players playing out of their regular positions. The Winscombe side played well and there were some good individual performances from Issy West, Leon Winder and Rory who had some good penetrating runs;

Tom White read the game well and produced a great kick at a vital time and Lewy Wall who executed a superb try-saving tackle on a much larger player. However the Clevedon side proved the stronger of the two and went on to win the game by two converted tries to nil.

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