Weston juniors through to the county cup final

Weston Under-14s defeated Taunton 26-25 to reach the final of the Somerset Cup.

Weston Under-14s and Taunton produced a competitive Somerset Cup semi-final which went down to the wire, with Weston winning 26-25.

In ideal playing conditions, Taunton took the early advantage with two well-worked tries, one converted. Weston replied when Dominic Marshall drove across the Taunton line, despite the close attention of a number of the opposition. Lewis Patterson got the extras.

Taunton replied quickly with a penalty, but Marshall scored again to make the half-time score 12-15 to Taunton.

Weston started the second half the better and Kyron Pearce took advantage to score, converted by Patterson.

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The next score came via a well-worked Weston move with the forwards making ground by keeping hold of the ball. The ball was picked up by Jack Press, who darted over the line with the help of a number of Weston players. Patterson stepped up to kick his third conversion of the day.

Weston thought they had scored a fifth try, but the final pass was just forward. In the last 15 minutes of the game, Weston had to face a lot of pressure from Taunton which produced two more tries for the visitors. Neither try was converted which was to be costly for Taunton.

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In the last play of the game, Weston lost possession from a line-out just outside the 22 and Taunton worked the ball upfield where they prodded the Weston line. Some stout defensive tacking kept Taunton out, but they eventually broke through only to drop the ball over the line.

Both teams are to be congratulated on playing such a well-contested game which was a credit to both clubs and to the cup competition.

Man of the match went to Jack Press.

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