Reigning champions Weston knocked out of the Somerset Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:21 24 November 2017
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
Reigning Somerset Cup champions Weston were knocked out of the competition by Bath University.
Bath University 35 pts
Weston 28 pts
Somerset Cup holders Weston crashed out of the competition at the first stage after being defeated by Bath University.
The students were on the front foot from the start of this match and played with speed and control and scored tries through their forwards on eight and 11 minutes and both tries were converted.
Weston, who fielded a very different side from the one which scored seven tries last week against Lydney, seized back momentum but despite some excellent work, could not find a clinical finish and it was the students who scored again with a converted try.
With just a few minutes of he first half left, Weston were able to build a good position by recycled ball from the forwards and a quick pass from Chapman picked out Caton, who ran a great line to beat the defence and score a try.
Chapman, who had a good afternoon with the boot, got the extras. Weston turned round with the score 21-7 in the students’ favour.
Weston started the second half strongly and several carries by the forwards took the ball close to the University line and from a well controlled forward driving maul, in-form hooker Mike Hocking got a touch down. Chapman converted again.
Weston should have taken control at this point, but a lapse in concentration allowed the students to keep their 14-point advantage with a good converted try following a chip and chase by the University centre.
Just three minutes later and Bath’s openside stole possession and broke away to score the visitors’ fifth try.
The remainder of the game saw a determined riposte by the Weston team and they scored two great tries from Jones and Morgan, both converted by Chapman.
The home side maintained terrific pressure in the closing minutes as they sought to score to level the scores, but desperate and determined defence by the students held the home side out and Weston were knocked out of the cup.