Weston juniors held to a draw at Frampton Cotterell
PUBLISHED: 09:38 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 23 January 2017
A weakened Weston Under-15s side were held to a draw away at Frampton Cotterell.
A depleted Weston Under-15s travelled north to a damp Frampton Cotterell and came away with an entertaining 22-22 draw.
Weston received the kick-off and responded with a strong charge from Ruben Picardo, but lost possession led to Frampton scoring a well-worked try, soon followed by another try.
Rallied by stand-in captain, Dom Marshall, Weston kicked a penalty to find touch, a training ground peel by Jay Ewans nearly paid off. Frampton scored again to lead 15-0 at the break.
The first half score belied the work and effort that had been put in from the likes of Billy Howells, Jack Saunders and Brook Chamberlain.
After the break, Picardo scored a try in the first minute and 10 minutes later, a tactical switch at No 8 between Reef Morton and Toby Maleham paid dividends when Maleham powered over to score.
Now in the ascendancy, Taylor Kingston continued to give Weston clean ball from nearly every breakdown, but another slipped tackle saw Frampton touch down.
After the kick-off, Weston continued to press with debutant centre AJ Major foxing Frampton with his dancing feet. Good work from Joe Connelly, Dom Marshall and George Morton-Bool led to Marshall touching down.
Weston continued to apply pressure on Frampton’s line and as the clock ticked down, Marshall was able to score again, leaving Harry Strutt the responsibility to convert to equalise with the final kick of the game.
Although the whole team played well, man of the match went to Taylor Kingston.
The Under-9s travelled to play their return match against Broad Plain. Weston fielded 14 players, who split into two teams for four periods of rugby.
Both teams started brightly, attacking hard from the first whistle. For Weston, Charlie Calcutt was full of running and he was rewarded with an early try after good interplay with Sam Morgan.
Abi Brown was also in fine form and it was her strong runs that set up a brace of tries for Oliver Morgan, leaving the first period all square at three tries apiece.
The second period saw another great spell of attacking rugby with both sides scoring tries. For Weston, Connor Bristow, Ashleigh Truscott and Corey Draper all played well with sound handling and good runs, but it was Morgan Andreozzi-Inganni who showed lightning speed to outstrip the defence on three occasions to score a fine hat-trick of tries.
Joly Gaulton and Jack Hillman had strong games, following up crunching tackles with good attacking running; Jack was rewarded with an excellent try to ensure that Weston edged this one 4-3.
In the third period, Josh Kaschek was full of running and was unlucky not to score. Will Stiddard also played his part, running strongly and good ball play allowed Finlay Stitch to score.
The Broad Plain team were playing some fantastic rugby and were quick to punish any missed tackles or loose ball, running in two well-worked tries from distance.
Weston were starting to pass the ball well and a strong run and quick offload by Sam Bishop led to Charlie Calcutt’s second try of the match which proved the difference between the two sides as they ran out 3-2 winners of this period.
The final period saw Broad Plain find their rhythm to run in five tries.
It was left to the determined Jack Hillman to score Weston’s only try of this period as Broad Plain won it 5-1, finishing a morning of competitive and good-natured rugby.
The Under-10s travelled to Broad Plain with a strong squad of 15 players and draw all three games played.
Coming from behind in all three games, Weston showed great determination. Try scorers were Harry Wills (4), Lewis Brown, Dylan Carter (2), Sam Pinchbeck and Jayden Hood (3).
The scorers were backed up by strong running by Jack Hobbs, Jack Groom, Roo Becket and Charlie Bevan and the defensive work of JJ Weall, Joe Jenkinson, Oliver Marshall and Ollie Dadds.
There were impressive debuts from Will Syms and Brennan Goodland and all the players should be proud of their performances.