Firsts muscled out by rivals

January 04 2013

Keynsham Rugby Club has had more downs than ups in this review of activities at KRFC, writes Peter Gibson.

Firsts muscled out by rivals

Keynsham Rugby Club has had more downs than ups in this review of activities at KRFC, writes Peter Gibson.

December 8

A small band of supporters followed the first XV to Burnham-on-Sea on Saturday and were very disappointed in the team’s performance.  Missing several regulars they played like a team that hadn’t played for three weeks and were muscled out of it by a very strong pack from the home side. Keynsham Rugby Club

Keynsham again showed a complete inability to cope with their opposition’s catch and drive technique from short range line-outs and yielded another two this week to add to the season’s mounting total. Losing 22-3 at half time they did show some resilience in the second period to “win” that phase and the game ended with a score-line of 28-15.

Keynsham’s points came from two tries from acting captain, Ben Newman, to which Ben Bolster added a conversion and a penalty.

The seconds fared no better at the Crown Field when faced by Nailsea & Backwell RFC 1st XV. They were unwilling or unable to tackle, and that applied to the whole side from 15-1, and shipped three tries in the first half, all of which should have been stopped at source. The visitors were well on top in the forward battle and showed much more competitiveness, frequently counter-rucking to great effect.

A brief comeback in the second half where they scored a try from Gareth Jones and a penalty by Rob Breckon was quickly snuffed out by Nailsea, who finished comfortable victors 30-8.

December 15

The First XV had an appalling game against bottom-of-the- table Yatton RFC at the Crown Field.  They did briefly lead 7-6 just before half time, but the visitors  were far more committed. In an incoherent display, the gloom was lifted briefly with the last move of the game with a wonderful individual try from full back Sam Challenger who ran more than 60 metres, scattering defenders en route to score in the corner.

Keynsham’s other points were from a try by Ben Newman and a conversion by Ben Bolster; final score Keynsham 12, Yatton 14. This performance brings the threat of league relegation into question.

The seconds had a great game against table-topping Chew Valley at Chew.  They performed well and bravely against well-drilled opposition.  20 points adrift early on did not bode too well, but they were resilient and fought back bravely and had equality thereafter.

A final score of 28-7 to the home team was a somewhat flattering result.  Matt Fairlass was Keynsham’s points scorer with a try and a conversion; Jack Evans was Keynsham’s man of the match.

The thirds prevented a senior whitewash by thumping Old Culverhasians 1st XV 33-12 at Bath. The home side had the advantage in the scrums but Keynsham’s pack was better in the line-out and breakdown areas. Keynsham slipped into top gear and ran in five tries; Russell Tanner, James Rivers, team skipper Dan Shearn and man of the match James Preston (two) were the scorers.

In a close encounter on one of the back pitches the 4ths just lost out to Oldfield 3rd XV with a score of 33-27. There were debuts from two refugees from the cricket club,  Rich Wilton and Chris Gwyther, who both survived intact. Mark Goulds made the tackle of the game in a spirited all-round performance by the whole team and there were tries from the smallest No 8 in the club, Ernie Seward, with a push-over try, and also Jason Bradshaw, Nick Elliot, Chris Bradley and Pete Smithson.

January home fixtures are: January 5 and 12, 2nds against Minehead and Wiveliscombe. January 19, 1sts against Matson. January 26, 2nds against Imperial.

The Dennis Cockbaine Club at KRFC

The winner of the first big annual draw for £1,000 was Ashton Broad, fixture secretary, ex-referee and squire of Whitchurch with No 93. The other December winners were £100 Phil Tomaselli (65) and £50 Mike Green (35).