Weston through to the next round of the Somerset Cup
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Weston Under-14s overcame Wells in the Somerset Cup to earn a tie against Hornets in the next round.
AFTER more than two months of no competitive rugby, Weston Under-14s opened their Somerset Cup account with a hard-fought victory at home to Wells.
Playing with the wind, Weston began brightly with their forwards and backs combining well. Weston had the advantage in the scrum and took several against the head, but the Weston backs had difficulty breaking down a determined Wells defence. However, two quick tries by Jake Middleton and Eddie Davies, both converted by George Bamsey and a well-worked try by Wells saw the half-time score of 14-7 to Weston.
After the break, Weston added three tries through Davies, Middleton and Jack Howard to win 29-7 and earn a tie against local rivals Hornets in the next round.
The Under-12s visited North Petherton in only their second game since November. The visitors started well with Lewis Paterson running two tries in quick succession, before Kyron Pearce also ran in two tries, while George Steele set up Paterson for his third.
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The forwards started to make their presence known with good work from Joe Connolly and Billy Howells, ably supported by Brooke Chamberlin, who drove through the North Petherton pack to score.
Weston conceded early in the second half before the forwards started to dominate with a series of strong drives involving Marshall Hobbs and Ryan Jones ended with another try for Chamberlin.
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Strong runs from Hayden Main and Taylor Kingston released Paterson and Pearce adding another try each to their tally to put the game beyond doubt, making it 9-1 to Weston.
Despite a number of good performances, including George Morton-Bool playing an unfamiliar role in the pack, man of the match went to Lewis Paterson.
The Under-11s played only their second fixture this year at Yatton, where they came up against two physically bigger teams in their hosts and North Petherton.
The disparity was too much for the players to counter and despite many players playing with great courage, they lost both games 25-5 and 25-0.
Leading tacklers were Isaac Bliss, Hobbes Gaulton, Dylan Way, Morgan Taylor, Jamie Meaden and Matthew James. Well done to Daniel Hall making his debut, while star players were Jamie Meaden and Matthew James.
The Under-9s had two matches against North Petherton and both encounters were evenly contested.
In the first, North Petherton scored first, but Weston started to get into their stride and Bailey Seviour scored Weston’s first try and the second one came from an interception from Will Flavin. North Petherton scored again before a try from Brett made the half-time score 3-2.
After the break, North Petherton evened the scores with two tries, with Weston’s Ryan Eldridge showing his power to score a great try to make the result 20-20.
In the second match against North Petherton, it was also close. George Nuttycombe opened the scoring for Weston and the second came from another interception from Flavin.
North Petherton got themselves back in the match with two quick tries, but Will Crane was rewarded with a try to make it 3-2 at half-time.
The second half was even with a score apiece and Eldridge got another try to take the match to 20-15 in Weston’s favour.
The match against Yatton showed Weston’s determination and there was some excellent tackling from Jacob Simpson, Nuttycombe, Crane and Flavin to give Weston the edge.
Once again, Seviour scored the opening try and Thomas Lewis showed his excellent pace with two tries.Yatton scored to bring them into the match, but Weston got ahead at the break with a great score from Kieran Panayi make the score 4-1.
In the second half, it was very evenly matched with a second score from Kieran and one for Yatton. Both sides restricted the scoring by some excellent tackling and the match ended 25-10 to Weston.
AFTER a five-week break due to inclement weather, Hornets Under-13s beat old rivals Keynsham 41-17.
Hornets were first to gain some composure, managing to string several passes together for winger Quentin Querl to score his first of the game, before Keynsham replied quickly with a well-taken try of their own.
This score prompted Hornets to up the tempo, with Keynsham’s defence holding up both Joe Thompson and Will Bailey over the line. Eventually, the breakthrough came via a try by Nathan Langdon.
From the restart, Hornets caught cleanly and managed several phases before unleashing Ayden Chenoweth to canter in for a fine team try. Keynsham scored a second try just before the break to stay in contention.
Hornets got better in the second half, scoring a further four tries to one. Querl scored twice to complete his hat-trick and Chenoweth collected his second try. The scoring was completed by Luke Collins, while Bradley Lucas added three conversions.