Keynsham Rugby's season may rest on two games

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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Keynsham Rugby's season may rest on two games

Keynsham face a difficult task to avoid the drop, writes our correspondent. Although there are still nine games to be played, Keynsham are facing a hard few weeks to pull themselves out of the relegation zone in the Western Counties League (North). Their season could revolve around the two games they are due to play against local rivals Bristol Harlequins. In February they had a fine win, a narrow loss and a heavy defeat. KRFC Second teeam

They played some magnificent rugby at the Crown Field to see off Old Bristolians 30-15 where they had secured their try bonus point by half time from tries by Louis Bush (two), Ben Bolster and James Hurrell-Smith. Bolster added 14 points from his boot. The next game was in heavy conditions at Avon RFC and another league bonus point was secured in the 10-12 defeat. Keynsham’s points came from a try by Russ Tanner and a conversion and penalty by Bolster.  They were given a bit of a rugby lesson by high-flying Hornets at Weston, and despite playing with tremendous commitment, were unable to stem the flow of opposition points. The final score was 10-49, K’s points through a Paul Cooper try and a conversion and penalty by Paul Edson.

The seconds also lost two and won one during the month. A disappointing away loss at Winscombe 17-46 was the first game, where Keynsham’s points came from tries by Jack Evans and Brad Newton and a penalty and two conversions for Rob Breckon. The following week saw a much improved performance at home and it was heartening for the club’s future to see that 10 of the players were under 21 years old. It was an awesome win achieved with the minimum of possession against a strong Weston-super- Mare team.  The team members were brilliant to a man, but Brad Newton was judged by his fellows as man of the match. Keynsham’s scorers in the 12-5 win were Chris Bakker and Joe Smith, with Rob Breckon slotting one conversion.  They came unstuck playing Stothert & Pitt at Corston the following week losing 10-42 to a better team but it was a scoreline somewhat flattering to their opponents. Rob Breckon accounted for all K’s points with a converted try and a penalty.

There’s a trend developing! The thirds won one, lost two also. They lost narrowly to table-topping Hornets RFC 15-24. Tony “Swiss” Watts was the home side’s man of the match and James Preston and Jake Brooks both crossed the line for tries; Nick Hatcliffe and Paul Greatbanks added the other point from the boot. Next was an inexplicable 0-31 defeat in an away game at Gordano, but they then bounced back to beat Clevedon at the Crown Field. Tony Harvey scored the winning try with the last move of the game in the scoreline of 29-26. John Preston, birthday boy Ash Foster, Danny Slade and John Pearce also crossed for tries, additional points coming from the boots of Pearce and Harvey. Bucking the trend, the fourths had three wins, two league and a friendly. Tries from Sam Harvey, Steve Beere, Phil Tanners, Ed Balmond, Joe Goren and Chris Arthurs, with two Tanners conversions completing the scoring in a 34-15 win over Imperial. They then beat Walcott 53-17 at home where it was very much a Uren family day to remember. Father Richard fed his sons Andy (three), Mike (two) and Chris (one) to a total of six tries and to that could be added a try-scoring pass to team mate Joe Robbins. Paul Brooks foiled a Uren clean sweep with two fine tries of his own. Sandwiched between these was a very satisfying win in a friendly away against Old Reds’ fourths.

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