Weston victory takes them up to ninth in the league table

PUBLISHED: 10:54 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 09 November 2018

Weston RFC  v Camborne.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston RFC v Camborne. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Weston defeated Camborne at the Rec to move up to ninth in the league table.

Weston 34 pts

Camborne 20 pts

Weston’s start to this game was not as they would have planned as scrum-half Kadin Brocks, who has been playing very well, pulled a muscle during the warm-up.

He did start but was clearly in trouble, and not moving fluently. Nevertheless, Weston attacked strongly from the off.

They worked the ball into Camborne territory and the forwards made progress into the 22. Brocks spun the ball wide and a slick movement gave space for Robbie Mackay to finish the move with a great try.

Brother James, back after a five-month lay-off with injury, slotted the conversion with just 10 minutes gone.

Weston had to reorganise as Brocks was unable to continue. James Mackay moved to scrum-half and Dickson came off the bench earlier than planned, to play at fly-half.

Camborne pressed hard through their forwards, but Weston’s defence was secure and they won turnover ball.

The home forwards moved towards the halfway line where Mackay and Dickson unleashed the backs, Marcus Nel carved through the defence and put Maslen into space and he made no mistake scoring Weston’s second try under the posts. Dickson took on the kicking duties and converted.

Weston looked as though they might cruise through the game, but Camborne had other ideas. They used their hefty forwards in a simple but effective play, driving the maul close to Weston’s line.

A defensive error by the rearranged Weston back line allowed the visitors to score a simple try. The extras were missed.

Ten minutes later and Camborne repeated the trick, driving into the Weston 22 and slipping the ball to their right wing who touched down in the corner.

Again the conversion went begging but Camborne had pulled themselves back into contention at 14-10.

Weston regrouped and following quickly recycled ball the backs sliced open the Camborne defence and Mackay streaked away for his second try of the afternoon,. The conversion from Dickson gave Weston a 19-10 half time lead.

After the break, Camborne were awarded a penalty and the kick closed the Weston lead to just six points. Weston regained momentum and from first phase possession Dickson cut a superb line and ran clear of Camborne’s defenders to score in the corner. He converted his own try and Weston had opened a comfortable gap.

Camborne were still dangerous and they used their tried and tested method of a driving maul from a line out to press hard. They used the tactic twice and eventually their heavier pack crossed the line for the side’s third try which was converted.

The last 15 minutes saw the Weston forwards dominate at the set piece. The pressure brought a penalty kicked by Dickson.

Weston almost scored a pushover try close to full time but Camborne scrambled and disrupted the final dive for the line. Weston were not to be denied and twice more the backs came within a whisker of scoring before a final sweeping move saw Maslen cross for his second, and Weston’s fifth try of the afternoon.

Although this performance was patchy, Weston were still worthy 34-20 victors and this bonus point win, with some other results in SW Premier being helpful, sees them move to ninth in the table.

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