Third consecutive cup final win for the Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 19:00 09 April 2011

RUGBY :  Weston  v  Bridgwater.

RUGBY : Weston v Bridgwater.

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WESTON won their third consecutive Somerset Cup when they outscored Clevedon by seven tries to three in the final at Bridgwater last week.

WESTON 41 pts

CLEVEDON 19 pts

WESTON won their third consecutive Somerset Cup when they outscored Clevedon by seven tries to three in the final at Bridgwater last week.

In a match in which James Mackay took his season’s points total to 203 Weston, as the scoreline suggests, generally held the upper hand but it was Clevedon who started the stronger.

However, having lost their first attacking line-out to Jamie Rudkin it was Weston who got themselves to the other end with Ross Bennett’s try in the sixth minute.

Mackay converted and three minutes later scored the first of his tries after wing George Wright had made the running.

The Seasiders had to wait for another quarter hour for their next try and it came when Joe Waterman’s searching kick was fumbled on the Clevedon line and from the resultant scrum, a brace of thrusts saw acting captain Andrew Glen force his way over at the left corner.

In the 33rd minute they extended their lead when Richard Bignell was the beneficiary from Ashley Russell’s catch and drive.

But, just before the interval, Clevedon responded when wing Steve Johnson converted his own try following a telling break by centre Dean Ashfield.

The South West 1 outfit started the second half as they had the first and this time they were rewarded with skipper Tom Thie’s try converted by Johnson for a 24-14 scoreline.

However, Bennett was the first player to get under Mackay’s re-start and a couple of drives later, Rudkin was the scorer. Mackay converted again and in the 56th minute, Weston were on their way to victory.

Another catch and drive gave man of the match Russell his team’s sixth try and with nine minutes of normal time remaining a mighty surge through the middle by prop David Swann set up a ruck from which Glen made further ground before replacement Jack Conway fed Mackay who reached his double century as he swerved past a thin defence for his second try.

Clevedon kept going and replacement Chris Cates scored their consolation try but the match had been Weston’s long before the end.

Weston: J Waterman, G Wright, S Bennett (M Burns 21), J Gallagher, P Sprague (S Thompson 69), J Mackay (J Reid 78), R Bennett (J Conway 59), D Swann, C Withers (D Elliott 79), S Williams (D Doughty 79), A Russell (S Board 75), A Glen (capt), J Rudkin, R Bignell, G Simpson. Yellow cards: Board (38) and Simpson (37).

Weston prop Simon Williams made his 65th first team appearance in the Somerset Cup final to qualify for his club blazer badge.

Williams (30) was born in Bedford and was educated in the town’s Sandy Upper School. He played mini rugby at Bedford RFC and graduated to their Under-21 squad and that of Northampton but before that he represented Befordshire Schools in their 16 and 18 groups.

He also appeared for Bedford Athletic RFC and the East Midlands before joining the Seasiders in 2006, making his debut at Chippenham. He has scored five tries and will be presented with his badge at the club dinner on May 20.

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