Bath students clinch cup match with two late tries

PUBLISHED: 12:27 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 16 November 2018

Weston RFC v Bath Uni.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston RFC v Bath Uni. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Weston were knocked out of the Somerset Cup in the first round by the students of Bath University.

Weston 24 pts

Bath University 33 pts

For the third season in succession, the students of Bath University visited Weston in the first round of the Somerset Cup where they faced a much-changed Weston side fielding two debutants, Charlie Brabham at prop and Adam Fisher at hooker.

Weston started strongly and took an early lead with a George Chapman penalty after seven minutes. Bath picked up the pace and with close quarter offloads broke through Weston’s defence scoring three tries in 15 minutes from Trench, Trehella and Smith, with two conversions from Pitman to take a commanding 3-19 lead.

Weston regained momentum and were desperately unlucky to be denied a try from a series of forward drives shortly before half time when replacement prop Aaron Solomon seemed to have touched down.

The second half opened with Weston wresting control and they scored a great team try touched down by Sugg, converted by Chapman.

Weston kept control and they scored another good team try after excellent work by both backs and forward touched down by vice-captain Kirk and converted by replacement fly-half Arch Tilsley, which left Weston adrift by just two points.

A wonderful break out and touch down by replacement Alex Howman was disallowed for a disputed knock-on 40 metres back near the halfway line.

Bath defended like tigers but Weston’s backs eventually broke through and Morgan scored a try, converted by Tilsley to take the lead for the first time with minutes remaining.

Bath were not to be denied and they attacked at great speed scoring a try from close range by Stride converted by Rose.

Just three minutes later, and late into injury time the students sealed victory for the second successive time in this stage of the cup as Rose crossed for a try as Weston’s defence finally ran out of steam. He converted his own try for the students to cap their afternoon.

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