Keynsham Rugby held to frustrating first draw of the season
Published on: 05 Feb 2016
by Rob Breckon
Keynsham Rugby experienced their first draw of the season following an inaccurate performance against Wellington at Crown Fields on Saturday, January 30. Final score 8-8.
The home side started brightly, dominating early possession and utilising their forwards' reliable set piece to release the backs out wide. Keynsham penetrated the Wellington defence a number of times but an inability to execute the final pass left the amber and blacks with just a missed penalty to show for their efforts in the first quarter.
However, the pressure did eventually tell and a solid scrum on the visitors' five-metre line forced its way over allowing number 8 Hayden Johnson to flop down on the ball. 5-0.
Wellington’s fly half played a highly kicking-orientated game keeping the home side pinned in their own half for much of the half. A good phase of attack down the blindside and well-timed supporting line opened up the Keynsham defence to level the scores. 5-5.
Like with the first whistle, Keynsham started the second half well going through numerous phases, putting Wellington under pressure. The territory and possession eventually told and Keynsham’s Sam Challenger was able to add three points through a successful penalty kick. 8-5.
The majority of the second half was a somewhat sloppy affair with both teams exchanging periods of possession without any great effect. With just under 10 minutes to go, Keynsham went down to 14 men with Wellington slotting the kick to draw themselves level once again.
The dying minutes of the match saw the home side pressing for a last-gasp winning score but the Wellington defence stood firm to take home a well-received two points.
Club captain Jack Weston said: “It was a frustrating one to watch from the side-lines, we were nowhere near our best today and didn't do the basics well enough. The only positive is we didn't lose and still picked up two points. We will use this weekend’s break away from league rugby to right some wrongs and bounce back at the next chance against Gordano on February 13.”