Frome RFC 3rd 36 - 0 Avonvale RFC 2nd
The Frome RFC 3rd XV welcomed Avonvale RFC 2nd on Saturday to Gypsy Lane...
Frome RFC 3rds began the game kicking into the low sun, quickly regaining control of the ball Frome edged towards the Avonvale try line. Pressure from Frome didn't result in the early try they deserved as the Avonvale defence stood firm and small handling errors allowed Avonvale off of the hook in the first 15 minutes.
As wave after wave of crashing runs from Rich Phillips and Steven Ruddick followed by powerful rucks from Chris Gilson, Matt Jones and Ben Carter Frome had driven Avonvale back once again to the 5 meter line. Constant communication between Andrew Greenwood at Scrum Half and Scott Woodward at Fly Half identified the opportune moment for Frome to unleash the speed of the back line – Inside Centre Rich James found Outside Centre Jamie Smith who ran the ball in for a hard fought and deserving try for Frome.
The restart was quick and Avonvale attacked, driving Frome back, as the defence held a Frome scrum offered a way out. Tim Doyle, playing 8, took the opportunity to relieve pressure and picked the ball and ran, supported by Greenwood and Winger Mike Perry. With Frome in possession the pregame plans were paying dividends, being in control at the breakdowns and running hard at the Avonvale defence. Again the visiotrs defence resisted Frome’s waves of attack but eventually, Greenwood found a small gap to run in for the 2nd try which Woodward converted.
Some excellent work from forward Rob Paten saw at the breakdown some clean ball for Frome Scrum Half. A late attack from Avonvale again saw Frome’s defence hold, with big tackles from Aaron Weatherall, Smith and Pete White preventing Avonvale going around the Frome team.
Half Time: Frome RFC 3rd 12 - 0 Avonvale RFC 2nd
Changes at half time saw Frome shake things up, with the introduction of Josh McGuinness and Taylor Blagdon in the backs, Captain James moving to the forwards, with Dan Masters and Dan Blake joining him.
With the Sun now in Avonvale's eyes, a Kick clearance from Connor Phillips allowed Frome to get away from their try line and up to half way for the line out. As they were in the first half, Frome’s lineout were dominant, with Rich Phillips jumping and bringing the ball down into a driving maul, it was Masters who peeled off the maul to score in the corner.
From the kick Avonvale again attacked at pace but were met with a strong determined defence, With strong rucking returning possession to Frome, Frome worked the phases and began to draw Avonvale in, it was Masters who popped up for the inside pass, bypassing the Avonvale defence and running in his 2nd try of the game which Woodward converted,
Avonvale kicked quickly away from the Frome forwards in an attempt to score with their backs from the restart. Unluckily for Avonvale they were met with an organised back line who held on just long enough for the Frome forwards to get in and support. A big clearing kick from Woodward again eased the pressure. Frome’s pack continued to make powerful runs at the Avonvale defence, eventually conceding scrum 10 meters out. Masters, now at No.8, picked and ran scoring his 3rd try of the game.
As Frome moved up the pitch it was clear the continued work rate was opening up gaps in the defence, biding their time and with only minutes left on the clock Frome remained patient, 15 meters out, Greenwood saw the opportunity and made a neat pop inside for Connor Phillips to round the last Avonvale defender and score his first try for Frome. Woodward converted on the last kick of the game.
A great team performance made it difficult to choose a performance that really stood out, but for his determination, constant chatter and pinpoint passing, Scott Woodward was awarded Frome 3rds Man of the Match.
Special Mention to Stephen Kemmery, Mike Komoti and Tim Doyle for supporting Avonvale during the game. With Stephen Kemmery putting in a notable performance that really did stand out on a great day of rugby.
Final Score: Frome RFC 3rd 36 - 0 Avonvale RFC 2nd