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1st XV - Match centre

Wells RFC
Butleigh
Fri 12 May 19:30 - Friendly

£4337.28

Lets hope that Pud took time off from fishing in his heavenly lake to watch the events taking place below.

Friday 20 May 2017

A Wells XV 17 – Butleigh Amateurs XV 12

A pitch like concrete, two teams raring to go and a huge crowd came to watch the Second Annual James ‘Pud’ Pullen Memorial match which forms part of the evening events to remember the life of James Pullen whose life was sadly ended over Christmas 2015, just twenty eight when he passed away after suffering from a brain tumour.

The evening is the brainchild of Wells stalwart Tommy Corns and the aim was to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. Besides the match, their was an auction conducted by Jake Smith with amongst the lots, the services of Thomas Arthur Palacio for one day. The lucky bidder paid a magnificent £310. There was also a raffle and a draw for two tickets to an England versus Argentina match which were kindly donated by the RFU. In total the sum of £4337.28 was raised.

Any ideas that this match would be an exhibition of non-tackling semi touch rugby were soon dispelled. There was plenty of spice in the forward encounters and some of the tackles were to say the least, on the marginal side of legal. Referee Alan Bell had to award a substantial number of penalties throughout the game, but as these were virtually all taken quickly they did not distract from the ebb, flow and speed of the encounter.

It was Butleigh who were first onto the scoreboard, a try of some beauty as they ran the ball from their own line with Mike Rogers finishing off the move, plus two points was added for the conversion. Wells soon hit back, having got into a good position in the left hand corner, it seemed that they would scupper their chance, but gradually the ball went wide out to the right and Shaun Eaton crossed. It was the same payer who got Wells second, although the credit must go to Jake Knight whose searing break from inside his own twenty two set up the move. So half time of a competitive half came to an end with Wells just ahead at ten points to seven. It also saw the exit from the field of Richard Hickman, soon off to foreign parts. The last time we see him in a Wells shirt? Maybe, but then, maybe not!

Although a low scoring affair, the second period held plenty of interest. It was competitive, at times too competitive, the tackles were hard and spectators winced as players from both sides hid the ground, hard. All got their feet with varying degrees of speed, except one who suffered from what appeared to be a rather late tackle. Jake Knight pushed Wells up to seventeen points with a converted try, but Butleigh did not lie down. The hit back with a try of their own to narrow the lead to just a single try.

The closing ten minutes were rather tense, subs came and went, legs grew tired, more gaps appeared but no one managed to make the final break through, so Tommy Corns lifted the trophy for Wells. This being the first outright win as last years game ended in a seventeen point all draw.

Many thanks to Butleigh Amateurs for once again playing in this fixture and the support they have given in supporting the charity, Brain Tumour Research, which was chosen by James’s family, Dave, Sarah and Ellie and showing that Pud may have passed from this world, but his many friends have nor forgotten him.

Lets hope that Pud took time off from fishing in his heavenly lake to watch the events taking place below.

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