Missed chances take gloss off Keynsham Rugby victory

January 29 2022
Missed chances take gloss off Keynsham Rugby victory

ON paper, victory over league leaders St Austell would appear to be a cracking result. But true reflection on the match gives the real picture – that Keynsham missed out on a bonus point, badly.

From the off, home side Keynsham were on the offensive with aggressive tackling and powerful rucking, backed up by totally domineering scrummaging.

This was the pattern for the whole game and denied St Austell any foothold. The only area where they were matched, and maybe edged, was at line-outs. With 95% territory and 90% possession, it is hardly believable that Keynsham could only manage to score 13 points in total.

After a missed first-minute penalty, a spell of rather aimless kicking by both sides followed, before the teams started to play with ball in hand.

Keynsham went ahead in the 12th minute from a Challenger penalty. Immediately the visitors struck back. They were awarded a penalty, kicked to the corner and, from the line-out, their scrum half found a way through for an unconverted try for a 5-3 lead.

The score was to remain that way until half time, during which period the visitors made one brief visit to the Keynsham half and Keynsham wasted umpteen good scoring opportunities.

After six minutes of the second half, home debutant Miles Hackett took over scrum-half duties from Pearce, the latter going to wing instead of Sayer. Four minutes later, Wright took over propping duties from Harvey.

Keynsham were still dominant and, following a penalty miss by Challenger, re-took the lead via a Concannon try. This went unconverted.

The St Austell scrums were still heavily under the cosh and after a succession of penalties a yellow card was issued to a front rower, leading to uncontested scrums. Keynsham scored a second try by Concannon but were unable to progress further. Final score 13-5.

This seems like a report of a bad game, but that is far from the case. Two really good teams went at it tooth and nail and played entertaining rugby. All in all, very enjoyable, apart from the score.