Clevedon RFC 1st Xv 56 Vs 51 Chipping Sodbury

Clevedon RFC 1st Xv 56 Vs 51 Chipping Sodbury

By Anthony Dauncey
5 April
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Clevedon come out on top in a 108 points fest at the vale


Clevedon followed up last weeks high scoring win in Cheltenham by coming out the right side of a 108 point hum-dinger in the sunshine at the vale, on the back of 2 wins and with league safety assured the shackles were off as Clevedon went out to avenge a loss at the start of the year and they didn’t disappoint the enthusiastic crowd.
Despite a strong start Clevedon went behind on 4 mins when a counter attack saw the home side over commit in tight and the visiting side utilised an overlap to score a well taken try. Clevedon bounced back 4 minutes later as the inform Rudy Gates showed great skills to break from half way and beat several players before scoring, Harris adding the extra’s to put the Seasiders 7-5 up. Clevedon’s set piece was on top and they were now able to play through phases however it was Sodbury who scored next as a missed tackle was punished, Clevedon responded with a Harris 3 pointer before the visitors crossed again to open a gap at 10-19.
This Clevedon side has found some dog and so back they came, a scrum penalty earned by the dominance of Lugtig, Crew and Largenton was kicked to the 22. There a well drilled catch and drive forced the visitors back at a rate of knots before skipped Largenton touched down for his first score of the day. The home team had the momentum now and shortly after more great phase play saw the ball recycled for Charlie tucker to score and the home side were now 22-19 up and they weren’t finished as Fisher took advantage of the Big runners tying in the defence and sniped through a gap to score from 20 yards out. Sodbury weren’t ready to role over though and had the last word in the 1st half as the home team took a 29-26 lead into the break.
At half time coach Georgey made it clear the home town side would need to start strongly, it looked as though this had been understood as Largenton crashed over for his second try shortly after the break however Sodbury fought back and conceded two tries in two minutes to have the home crowd wondering if they knew what was coming next?
Clevedon introduced the energetic Fear and experienced Hastie to try and wrestle back the momentum and this appeared to work as after conceding a penalty Clevedon then started to dominate play again, strong running from deep within there own half tested and started creating holes in the Chipping defence before Thie took advantage of a gap to race over and make it a 3 point game. On 62 minutes the returning Ashfield found a gap from 50 yards out and after juggling the ball he chipped over the cover defence before regathering to score a worldie try.
All the play was now being controlled by the Blue and Gold hometown heroes with Rudy Gates, Jack Crew and Bradley Summerell having great games and on 70 minutes Clevedon looked to have wrapped the win up with a third try from skipper Largenton however the visitors had other ideas and scored from long range shortly after. Clevedon went back to there tried and trusted phase play to try and kill the game and this paid off as yet again the visiting side couldn’t cope, this time infringing at a breakdown for Harris to kick the penalty and wrap up Clevedons 8th win of the season.
Head coach Nick George was pleased to see the return to form on Gates , Tucker and Crew on there recent return from injury and will look forward to seeing Thomas and Livingstone join them soon. Ashfield looked injury for the 1st time in 3 years in the centre and the ageless Thie and Lowis helped control a game that could have got out of hand.
Clevedons second XV also had a great day in the sun as they travelled to 3rd placed Bristol Barbarians with 14 men and came away with a 27-10 win. Debutants Cameron Wingcroft and Ed Martin were to the forefront but were well supported by Hervey, Smith and Jones throughout.
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