Weston beaten at home despite starting strongly against Bracknell
PUBLISHED: 09:24 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 19 January 2018
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
Weston lost at home to Bracknell, despite getting off to a bright start.
Weston 27 pts
Bracknell 38 pts
Weston started the game brightly and after only five minutes full-back Harry Jones made a promising break which ended with the visitors knocking the ball back over their dead ball area.
From the resultant scrum which was reset three times, it proved fourth time lucky when captain Sam Coles forced his way over. Fly-half James Mackay added the extras.
A short time later Mackay put in an excellent high ball which ended with the Bracknell scrum-half cynically killing the ball which gave him 10 minutes in the bin.
Weston took advantage of their extra man when a long-range break by the backs followed by some forceful recycling, led to flanker Jack Woodland scoring.
Weston were 12 points to the good and looking comfortable, However, a breakout by the visitors’ left-wing Tupua ended with a penalty which was kicked to the corner.
Weston defended well and eventually the ball was lost forward.
Weston lost their line-out and Bracknell produced some tremendous close support play which enabled replacement James Ingle to go over.
Two minutes later it was deja vu with Weston coughing the ball up which allowed Bracknell fly-half Chris Laidler to take advantage and score a try, which he converted. The scores were now level, but a Mackay penalty gave the hosts a slim advantage at half-time.
The second half was a different matter with Bracknell scoring early on through scrum-half Ross MacDougall and only a tryline save by centre Marcus Nel prevented them increasing their lead.
Bracknell were in the ascendancy and two long-range tries by Tupua and full-back Gabe Hills through poor Weston defence put Bracknell 16 points to the good.
Weston rallied with a try by right-wing Hayden Tuttiett, but another long-range effort by visiting centre Nacamavuto ended all hope. A late consolation by Nel gave the hosts a bonus point, converted by Mackay, but it was too little too late.
Weston must improve their ball retention and defence quickly or they may be sucked into a relegation dogfight that looked a long way away before the turn of the year.