Clevedon struggle

PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

CLEVEDON made a promising start and nearly scored a try from a good rolling maul, but it was soon obvious the Oxford free-running backs would dominate

Oxford Harlequins 49 pts Clevedon 0 ptsCLEVEDON made a promising start and nearly scored a try from a good rolling maul, but it was soon obvious the Oxford free-running backs would dominate.Clevedon again conceded too many penalties in rucks and mauls, while Oxford always looked dangerous on the attack and it was only good defence and poor passing that kept them at bay.Oxford took the lead with a try from a tapped penalty and increased through a penalty. Poor defence by Clevedon let Oxford in for a converted try and a further penalty brought the half-time score to 18-0.There were positives for Clevedon with Ben Chase and John Puckle having good games, but the back row was ineffective, except for Harry Russell who battled all game.Clevedon started the second half well, but Oxford soon got on top with their backs always on the front foot, and their angles of running caused chaos in the Clevedon defence. Clevedon unfortunately lost Ashley Vailes through injury.Good Oxford handling against a pedestrian defence allowed them to score five more tries, three converted for a comfortable victory.Clevedon have to think hard and fast if they are to survive in this league. Their fitness has to improve and the players have to be more committed to training. At present it is men against boys and only the players can right matters.On Sunday, Clevedon entertain Hornets in the Somerset Cup, kick-off 2pm.

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