Trying start to season for Keynsham Rugby Club

Published on: 06 Oct 2012

Trying start to season for Keynsham Rugby Club

The new season has not opened well for Keynsham Rugby Club, with all senior sides struggling in their respective leagues.

The first XV entertained newly promoted Wells RFC at the Crown Field and were surprised by a speedy, tactically sound side who really took the game to Keynsham. By half time the visitors had run in three good tries and, with a conversion led 17-3; Keynsham’s only score was a penalty from Sam Challenger. Keynsham’s play improved in the second half and they pulled the score back to 14-17 through two penalties by Ben Bolster and a try from James Hurrell-Smith. They made too many errors to steal the win though, and had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.

They bounced back by beating Yatton away and secured a bonus try point on the way. Keynsham scorers in the 34-12 win were tries from Matt Randle, Paul Edson, Mark Harwood, Russ Tanner and Sam Challenger; Ben Bolster added nine points from three conversions and a penalty.

Next they entertained Hornets RFC who were too strong and well organised for comfort. Despite levelling the scores 7-7 through a Ben Newman try after 13 minutes – converted by Ben Bolster – they were 27-7 down at half time. The score rose  to 44-7 but then Keynsham rallied and ran in three tries of their own – two by Russ Tanner and one great individual effort from Sam Challenger – two of which were converted by Bolster, to secure a try bonus point which had looked impossible. Final score 51-26.

Finally there was Cirencester RFC at the Crown Field when they again frustrated the local supporters. Trailing 10-17 in the first half they allowed the visitors to stretch to a 26-10 point lead before showing the rugby they’re capable of. Scorers were Paul Williams, James Hurrell-Smith and Sam Challenger with Bolster adding seven from his boot. Final score was 22-29 and just a losing bonus point for the local club.

The positive side to this poor start is an ongoing improvement in the scrimmage and glimpses of the flowing rugby of last season.

The newly promoted second XV fared less well in the Somerset Premier league. Opening their campaign against Midsomer Norton 1st XV, they lost 49-5, the points from a Russ Tanner try.

In their next game they lost heavily to Chew Valley 1’s at the Crown Field, 20-59. There were tries for Owain Wynne, Greg Dix and Mike Saunders, with Rob Breckon adding a conversion and a penalty. They then travelled to Minehead and “gifted” the home side 37 unanswered points in the first half, all coming from simple Keynsham mistakes. Keynsham upped their game in the second half and managed to come out on level terms with a try from Paul Cooper, converted by Rob Breckon. Final score 44-7.

They secured their first league point of the season, a losing bonus point, when going down by 22-29 at Wiveliscombe. The second half was much improved and Keynsham dominated. Tries for Greg Dix, Joe Smith and Owain Wynne were added to by Rob Breckon with two conversions and a penalty.

The 3rd XV came unstuck, away at Chew Valley RFC 2nd XV, losing 32-12, having dominated the early stages. There were tries for Keiran Harvey and Jack Evans; Mike Pells  kicked a conversion. They bounced back by beating Old Culverhasians 1sts by 22-5. There were tries from Jon Bishop (2), Martin Lewis and Geoff Green, with John Pierce adding a conversion. Rueben Edwards was narrowly voted man of the match. In their last game of this report they lost at home against Bristol ‘Quins 2nd XV, who proved to be the faster and better drilled team, winning 53-5. The return of Steve Bull, who with Chris Gover formed a formidable second row, was a welcome sight, ensuring parity in the scrummage, but man of the match was Nick Elliot, who also scored Keynsham’s only points.

The fourths have only played one league game this season, losing at Stoddart & Pitt RFC 12-14. There were fine games from man of the match Josh Hughes, at scrum half, and veteran Ian Mann, who was forced to leave the field with damaged ribs.

Forthcoming home games: October 13 - 2nds v Winscombe;    October 20 - 1sts v Avon, 3rds v Gordano; October 27 - 2nds v Old Reds; November 3 – 1sts v Barton Hill, 3rds v Weston-super-Mare.

 

 

The first XV entertained newly promoted Wells RFC at the Crown Field and were surprised by a speedy, tactically sound side who really took the game to Keynsham. By half time the visitors had run in three good tries and, with a conversion led 17-3; Keynsham’s only score was a penalty from Sam Challenger. Keynsham’s play improved in the second half and they pulled the score back to 14-17 through two penalties by Ben Bolster and a try from James Hurrell-Smith. They made too many errors to steal the win though, and had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.

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