Weston hold on for narrow high-scoring victory
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Weston Under-14s hung on to defeat Nailsea and Backwell 38-36 in an exciting match on the first team pitch.
Playing on the first team pitch, Weston Under-14s and Nailsea and Backwell served up a competitive game of rugby.
Weston got off to a good start with a well-taken try and conversion from Lewis Paterson, which started a run of 26 unanswered points for Weston. Dominic Marshall was in fine form with a number of carries and scored the second try, converted by Paterson.
Toby Maleham was ever present at the breakdown and turned the ball over numerous times throughout the game.
From a good central position, Kyron Pearce burst through to score, soon followed by a second, converted by Paterson.
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Nailsea and Backwell hit back with a try of their own to make the half-time score 26-7.
After the break, the Weston forward combination of Andy Turner and Brooklyn Chamberlain led to the next Weston try which saw Euan Braidwood score from a clever carry by Jack Press.
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The visitors hit back with a converted try before Pearce completed his hat-trick, while Paterson kicked his fourth conversion.
Weston made a number of changes in the final quarter and this allowed Nailsea to make a spirited come back which saw them score 22 points, but finished just short as Weston held on to win 38-36.
Man on the match went to Kyron Pearce.
The Under-8s took on Burnham for the second time this season, resulting in two fantastic games of tag rugby.
In the first match, the free-running Burnham side came up against the hard-working Weston defence. Some great tagging from Will Stiddard, Lissy Rogerson and Choo Bevan set the standards as the team held their defensive line and discipline to restrict Burnham to seven tries.
In attack, Adam Donachie and Jolly Gaulton combined well, scoring three tries between them. Sam Bishop ran good supporting lines and was rewarded with a try, while Joshua Kaschek showed great pace in scoring a hat-trick to ensure the teams finished all square at the final whistle.
In the second match, the Burnham side showed no signs of tiredness as their direct running approach proved effective and difficult to defend against.
The Weston side stuck to their task well and strong running from the whole team, especially Ashleigh Truscott and Samuel Morgan led to tries for Corey Morrissey (4).
Charlie Calcutt and Charlie Cane also ran well when given space and good interplay between them led to tries for Oliver Morgan (2) and Cooper Boyd, who put in an excellent performance on his debut.
However all this hard work was not enough to prevent Burnham running out winners 8-7.
The Under-11s welcomed neighbours Burnham for their second meeting this season. Burnham started the first-half well with an impressive display, putting them 2-0 up.
The second half saw a stronger performance from Weston, with tries from Kurtis and Ryan, both of which resulting from a superb team effort. Burnham continued their fine form with two additional tries to finish the first match 4-2 winners.
The second game saw both sides playing some excellent rugby - individual performances from Charlie, Jacob, Louis and Brett for Weston are worthy of a mention.
A stronger Burnham side ran out well deserved 6-0 winners. Man of the match was Kurtis Ham.
Hornets Under-13s hosted Avonvale and started on the front foot.
The pressure resulted in Cavey getting the first try to open the scoring. Hornets continued to dominate phase play and Cavey grabbed two further tries to make it 15-0.
Avonvale managed to breakthrough some erratic Hornets defending and pulled one back. However, Crowley answered back with a darting run to close the first half.
The second half saw Hornets started playing like the game had already been won and Avonvale grabbed two well-worked tries to take the score to 20-15. This was enough to wake up Hornets and Goddard split their defence to score a try.
Although the visitors showed great fight and pulled another try back, Gibbons bruised his way over the line for the last try of the match and earned himself the man of the match award and make the final score 30-20.