Weston stretch their lead following 10th straight victory
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Weston made it 10 wins from 10 as they stretched their lead at the top of the Tribute South West 1 West table, following a victory at Teignmouth.
Teignmouth 12 pts
Weston 47 pts
Weston travelled to Teignmouth with hopes high of securing their 10th victory this season in Tribute South West 1 West League and retaining their unbeaten record this season.
The game began in heavy rain as Weston applied good pressure and kept possession. After seven minutes this pressure resulted in Teignmouth giving away a penalty and Mackay slotted his first kick from 35 metres.
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Weston kept up the pressure and their defensive work was high quality. Teignmouth struggled to make any ground as Weston’s line speed and tackling prevented the home side from making any progress.
Teignmouth infringed a second time as Weston attacked and their second penalty was converted by Mackay.
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Following great work by the pack, Weston switched the play towards the right wing and full-back Harry Jones came into the line at a testing angle to score Weston’s first try and with Mackay’s conversion, Weston were 13-0 in front after 25 minutes.
Almost straight from the restart, Weston attacked again and forwards and backs combined again to take them inside the home side’s 22 when Jones again picked up a neat pass from centre Morgan to carve his way to the line for his second try. Mackay’s conversion put Weston 20 points in front with 15 minutes left in the half.
Teignmouth enjoyed a good period and exerted some pressure of their own. Weston gave away a couple of penalties and the home side ran hard at the Weston defence.
They succeeded in drawing in the Weston defenders and created a space out wide which was exploited by the winger who scored a well-taken try in the corner.
Despite this score, Weston reasserted their dominance and right wing Chris Young was on hand at the end of a great passage of play to score Weston’s third try on the stroke of half-time to make it 5-25.
Weston’s iron grip on the game was further secured from the restart as they fielded the kick-off and ran through four phases before moving the ball out wide. A neat inside pass from Young was collected by scrum-half Tuttiett for his third touch of the move and he evaded the remains of the home side defence and ran round behind the posts for the bonus point try. Mackay converted.
Teignmouth worked hard and developed some momentum through good work at a line-out and from their well rehearsed driving maul. The home side drove for the line and Weston were surprised when the referee awarded a penalty try as the maul collapsed.
The conversion was made and the home side may have hoped for a comeback, but from the restart Weston attacked at speed and following good work from their forwards, the backs worked the ball wide and Young sprinted for the line to touch down for his second try.
Weston attacked again from the kick-off and drove down the middle of the park and switched play to the left wing where Watkins finished in style in the corner.
Teignmouth defended determinedly for the final quarter and kept Weston out, but eventually Weston’s energy and commitment resulted in a try for Spelman in the dying seconds of the game.
Weston’s game was characterised by an effective and robust defence with barely a missed tackle all game, and by a clinical and speedy attack which brought them seven tries.
In the forwards, Weston’s front row of Coles, Hocking and Streeter provided a fantastic platform. Man of the match Andy Glen had a massive game and he carried the ball into the Teignmouth defence time and again. Morrissey, Crossman, and Johnson tackled wonderfully and the backs were on fire.
Ten wins from 10 starts in the league, combined with nearest rivals Thornbury losing at Okehampton, leaves Weston top of the table and 13 points clear.
They will be hoping to maintain this form when they entertain newcomers Midsomer Norton at the Rec on Saturday.