Weston United held in high-scoring encounter

PUBLISHED: 10:51 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 November 2018

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Weston United hit back to earn a draw in a high-scoring encounter at Bristol Harlequins.

Bristol Harlequins 41 pts

Weston Utd 41 pts

When Weston had secured a bonus point after only half-an-hour through some thrilling running and passing, it looked like a rout might be about to occur. How wrong they were.

Weston took an early lead through Mike McCarthy, but Harlequins drew level. Shortly after, Matt Watkins doubled the lead when he cut through at pace to score.

Fly-half George Chapman converted, but failed to do so soon after when flanker Ben Cox, consistently Weston’s best player this season crossed. His back row partner Jacob Cox scored almost straight after which Chapman converted and Weston could have scored a couple more in this period.

Then a collective switch clicked off and for the next half-an-hour through half time and beyond the hosts had a field day scoring try after try, not only from five-metre scrums after penalties were given away, but also by non-existent tackling all over the field.

Replacement centre Seb Harris cut the lead at one point, but Harlequins took a 10-point lead into the last seven minutes. Lock Ross Chesher scored late on and on the stroke of time, centre Archie Tilsley crossed just to the right of the posts.

It would appear that Weston had got out of jail, but in a way Chapman’s poor attempt summed up the afternoon and perhaps a draw was a fair result.

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