Victory should give Keynsham confidence for rest of season

Published on: 02 Oct 2013

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Keynsham Rugby Club’s first and second XV’s have played three games and the thirds and fourths two games so far this season.

The firsts started with a narrow loss at Oldfield RFC, where they lost the game, rather than the home side winning.  Far too many scoring chances were spurned in the 17-19 final result. K’s points came from two tries by Joe-Luca Smith and a spectacular solo effort from winger Marlon Dorset with Paul Edson adding a conversion. They then played Chew Valley at the Crown Field and again came away second best against a side that will be hard to beat all season. There was plenty of effort, and also skill, in the 14-25 reversal.  Joe-Luca Smith scored another brace of tries in this game, one, a particularly good effort, and kicked both conversions. In the third game they defeated Midsomer Norton at ‘Norton 24-16. A previous problem with ceding penalties, seen in the first two games was eradicated, but a new fault appeared; that of losing possession too easily. Nevertheless it was a much better showing and hopefully the team will gain confidence from the victory.  Smith made it five tries for the season with another fine score and there were two tries for centre Will Byron; Gaz Deere added nine points with his boot.

The seconds have got off to the worst possible start in Somerset Premier Division, losing all three of their games. 0-49 against Winscombe, 27-36 against Wiveliscombe and 17-30 v Bristol Barbarians. Try scorers have been Sam Challenger, Sam Stuart, John Pearce and Dan Harvey (v Wivvy): Dan Harvey (2) and Rob Pine (v Baba’s).

The thirds beat Old Culverhaysians 30-11 with three tries from James Marsh and one each by Adam Fennell and Paul Williams; Greg Dix added the extra points from his boot in their first game. With four colts making promising debuts the future looks bright. A further convincing win 31-3 win against Oldfield 2’s at Bath followed with tries for Paul Williams, Callum Fennell, Andy Griffiths, Lee Tattersall and Damien Cummins with Geoff Green adding the extra points from his boot. The stand-out players were 17-year-old Calum Fennell and veterans Andy Griffiths and Lee Tattersall; youth and experience combining well.

The fourths with pretty much a scratch side in their first outing lost to Old Edwardians 0-30.  It was just 10 points at half-time but a sin binning for Keynsham’s man of the match Phil Tanner allowed the home side to add a further 17 points in that 10 minutes. Thereafter the game became competitive again. They were grateful for clubman Gary Breckon to stand in when no referee turned up for their game at home against Barbarians 2’s. They won 12-7 in a good, close encounter.  Ashley Sweeting and Chris Arthurs scored tries and Paul Greatbanks added a conversion.  Luke Anderson, playing his first ever rugby match was a revelation, not least for creating a try and a try saving tackle.

Home games in the coming weeks are:- 5th October 2nds v Yatton; 12th October 2nds v Old Reds; 19th October 1sts v Matson; 26th October 2nds v Weston s Mare; 2nd November 1sts v North Bristol.

Photo: Richard Angell

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