Winscombe capture county cup title
Winscombe Under-14s headed south to Bridgwater to take part in the Somerset Cup final against Weston.
Winscombe were the first to put points on the board, when centre Sam Cook broke through to touch down under the posts, with Will Pearce slotting over the conversion. Five minutes later, No 8 Tom Read scored the second try of the day.
Ru Schofield touched down the third try, before Weston scored, despite good defence by full-back Max Thatcher. Winscombe responded quickly with Tom Read shrugging off multiple tackle attempts to earn his second try to give Winscombe a 24-5 lead at the break.
In the second half, Weston attacked strongly, but the Winscombe defence kept them out. Turning defence into attack, Aaron Thompson and Archie Alexander gained many metres before Olly Dark bulldozed over the line.
Soon after, Tom Stevens sliced through the main line of defence and collected his own grubber to touch down.
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Prior to the final whistle, Winscombe ran in another two tries with successful conversions. Read scored his third try of the day and Cook scored his second to make the final score 51-5.
The Under-14s now hold both major trophies, the BJC Cup and now the Somerset Cup. Special thanks to the coaching team for the hours of training, guidance and commitment provided throughout the season.
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Hornets Under-15s played Taunton in the Somerset Cup final at Bridgwater and came away with a 12-7 victory.
It was a good 15 minutes of end-to-end rugby, before Taunton broke the deadlock with a converted try. From the restart, Hornets started to put a few phases together, but were turned over many times.
With half-time approaching, Hornets won a penalty inside the Taunton 22. A quick tap and full-back Quentin Querl ran a great line to go in under the posts, with the extras added by Charlie Fairhurst.
The second half saw Taunton start the stronger, but were kept out by some outstanding defending. With five minutes remaining, Hornets chased a kick over the top, regaining possession from a kind bounce, before captain Ayden Chenoweth broke through the retreating defence to score out wide for the winning score.
Congratulations to the whole squad winning the ultimate prize at the end of a great season: Will Bailey, Nathan Langdon, Joe Thompson, Jacob Johnson, Tom Howling, Josh Edwards, Harry Williams, Ayden Chenoweth, Bradley Lucas, Charlie Fairhurst, Matt Ogborne, Luke Collins, Rhys Clarke, Will Durston, Quentin Querl, Mitch Hawkes, Ollie Paterson, Jack Swain, Cort Carpenter, Ethan Loveridge and Harley Royal.
Weston Under-9s travelled to North Devon and found some stiff opposition in the three games they played on tour.
They conceded two early tries against Paignton before matching their stronger opposition for the reminder of the match. Daisy Compton showed some great handling and stalwart defence from Fin Simson helped to turn the Paignton tide.
Jayden Hood and Harry Wills kept Weston in contention, but despite fine play by Leon Beard, Weston were never quite able to catch up and a late Paignton try gave them a 4-2 win.
In their second game against Lydney, the Weston side could not find their rhythm. Despite some determined running from Amelia Groom and resolute defence from Jack Groom and JJ Weall, Lydney ran out winners. The game did see some of the best tackling from Weston all season, with Jayden Hood prominent.
In the final game of the day, Weston played hosts South Molton and in a competitive game came out on top. Lewis Brown was notable in his defensive work and Greg Cunnington pulled off the tackle of this match.
A turnover and some quick thinking from Ollie Dadds set Jayden Hood free to sprint the length of the pitch for a score.
In the second half, the team managed to up the pace and good handling from Roo Beckett helped Leon Beard over for a try, before Beckett himself jinked over for a score.
Beard ended on a hat-trick, while Simpson, Wills and Hood chipped in with scores in an 8-3 victory.