Seasiders finish on a high note

PUBLISHED: 17:38 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

Weston 33 pts Oxford Harlequins 10 pts.

Weston 33 pts Oxford Harlequins 10 pts.

IN a largely poor quality match, Weston finished their league season on a high note with an emphatic victory over an Oxford team which had looked in good shape for the first hour

IN a largely poor quality match, Weston finished their league season on a high note with an emphatic victory over an Oxford team which had looked in good shape for the first hour.The visitors inflicted inconveniences on the hosts scrummage and it took a good deal of accurate defending to thwart their backs; and had Alex Dyer not been yellow carded, the first period could have remained scoreless.As it was, Weston took immediate advantage when Gavin Simpson ran away from the five-metre penalty scrum to touch down. A few minutes earlier, Paul Sprague burrowed his way over for what looked like a perfect try, but referee Neal Woodhead was unsighted.But 15 minutes into the second half, Oxford reduced the arrears with Ben Cottenden's penalty and at that stage they were still favourites to take the points.But suddenly Weston came to life. Having monotonously kicked good possession away for the first 60 minutes, they decided to keep the ball in hand and Chris Derrick did well to give Takura Madamombe the first of his brace of tries.Four minutes later, replacement Alec Hughes scored from 45 metres with his first touch and by now the visitors were starting to show fatigue.Madamombe scored his second just before the end of normal time when he dashed away from a ruck and Luke Hember touched down Weston's fifth try in similar fashion in the 82nd minute.James Reid converted all the second-half tries but Quins had the final word when Cottenden converted a good try by Andrew Hanley.Weston: M Lowis; G Vucicevic (A Hughes 63), T J Madamombe, M McQuaid, P Sprague; J Reid, L Hember; T Mathias, D Burge, C Derrick (D Milenkovic 67), C Chase (A Richards 56), D Cook, P Morrissey, G Simpson.

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