PUBLISHED: 12:55 12 November 2010
HIS was a keenly fought friendly in which two strong second teams produced some entertaining rugby with Weston eventually running out comfortable victors.
THIS was a keenly fought friendly in which two strong second teams produced some entertaining rugby with Weston eventually running out comfortable victors.
The game started with Coney Hill taking an early lead with a penalty before Weston full-back Sam Waterman evened things up.
Weston nearly took the lead when a fine catch and drive led to outside centre Paul O’Connor putting right wing Kirk Middlemiss away, but he was tackled just short of the line.
Triallist Jon Gallagher, who had a fine game, made a good break in midfield which led to a line-out near the visitors line, but Weston could not capitalise.
Things got worse when Waterman pulled up with a hamstring injury, which led to Middlemiss taking over the kicking duties and he duly obliged with a penalty to put the home side in the lead.
O’Connor scored Weston’s first try when he danced his way to the posts to make the conversion straight forward for Middlemiss.
The second half began with the Weston forwards beginning to get the upper hand in the scrum and when hooker Craig Withers took one against the head, flanker Jamie Rudkin released the excellent Middlemiss who scored a fine try which he converted from near the touch line.
Coney Hill kept going and were rewarded with a try from a forward drive. However, Weston hit back almost immediately when another fine run by Gallagher led to replacement full-back Ross Bennett getting close.
Weston did not sit back on their lead and the front row, who had been outstanding all afternoon, combined with prop Steve Donegan’s tremendous drive being finished off by Withers, who crashed over. Middlemiss again providing the extras.
Withers scored the last try after yet more dominance by the pack. It was fitting that man of the match Middlemiss kicked the last points of the day.