Clevedon show improvement

PUBLISHED: 14:32 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

THIS game was played in a gale, but both sides tried their best to play open rugby, with Clevedon, despite their low league position, giving one of their best performances

St Ives 27 pts Clevedon 7 ptsTHIS game was played in a gale, but both sides tried their best to play open rugby, with Clevedon, despite their low league position, giving one of their best performances of the season against their third placed opponents.With the wind at their backs, Clevedon took an early lead through a try by Tom O'Rourke converted by Dan Filby, but St Ives took a strike against the head and broke down the blindside to score a try.Clevedon were guilty of giving away too many penalties on the floor and as a result had two players yellow-carded. This did not help their cause as they lost another scrum and gifted the hosts another try.The line-out was a lottery in the wind and before half time, Clevedon applied a lot of pressure on the St Ives line, but the home side broke away to score another try. The second half showed Clevedon's character and they gave a great performance of forward play and solid defence by the backs. St Ives scored another try from a forward drive and had the final say with a lucky decision being turned into seven points.On this display, it was obvious to see the work coaches Mark Jones and John Potts had done with the forwards, with outstanding displays by man of the match Mark Hooper and the return of James Shopland helped inspire the team. In the backs, Tom O'Rourke was superb.On Saturday, Clevedon are away at Bracknell, the coach leaves at 10.30am.

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