Winscombe start the season in style

PUBLISHED: 10:40 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

THE first league match of the new season saw Winscombe back in their old mode of fast flowing open rugby. Within the first minute, on Wins-combe's first possession, the ball was moved quickly along the back line for Ro

Winscombe 48 pts Crewkerne 3 ptsTHE first league match of the new season saw Winscombe back in their old mode of fast flowing open rugby. Within the first minute, on Wins-combe's first possession, the ball was moved quickly along the back line for Robbie Suik to break inside and score.The heavier Crewkerne pack endeavoured to keep the ball tight and punch holes in the Winscombe defence, but this defence did not yield and good tackling by all the pack saw Crewkerne giving way. Within five minutes a break by Josh Furniss allowed George House to side-step his way through the Crewkerne backs and sprint for the line to touch down under the post, allowing Suik an easy conversion. Good possession by the scrum allowed the backs to run everything that came their way resulting in James Flower and Anthony Gregory running in a try apiece before Crewkerne ended the half with a penalty.For the first period of the second half, Winscombe seemed to take the foot off the pedal and almost allowed Crewkerne to make a comeback, but common sense prevailed and with some solid defending they began to regain their dominance. With some well placed kick and chase tactics by Furniss and House, the Winscombe back row and half backs caught the opposition on a number of occasions before they could kick for safety.Four more tries were scored by Winscombe, three being converted by Suik, the first from a solo effort by Gregory down the wing and cutting inside the stranded full back; the second a joint effort between House and Flower for House to finish under the posts. The final two tries saw Flower collect his second with a fine try down the wing out-sprinting the defence, but the finale was left to veteran Chris Marsh to collect a deft pop pass by House to burst through and run in unopposed. Josh Furniss and George House gained the men of the match accolade from president Steve Bridges. After the match, coach Graham Buller commented that he was very happy with the initial performance.

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