Avonvale Colts win 1st league match of 2019
By Moz Hall
Continuity of effort see Avonvale through in a 25-7 away win
We were a little surprised to find our selves on a tiny sloping pitch much more suitable for the much larger Yeovil forwards than our more free flowing game. This was also compounded by the loss of our loose head prop through illness and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Emile our hooker, who volunteered to step in and face a tight head of twice his weight and size . True to form Yeovil started with continuous picks and drives close to the breakdown which we chopped down with some massive hits, unfortunately we started to get too many involved in the breakdown and gave away unnecessary penalties, putting Yeovil into the red zone. We were marginally superior in the line out so they chose to use their dominance to scrum. Perhaps because their tight head was not used to such small opposition, lost his feet and gave away a crucial penalty getting us out of trouble .
With ball in hand we started consistent attacks with forwards and backs, but because of the narrow pitch they were relatively easy to defend but eventually we created enough space to put Zac away in the corner and the conversion narrowly missed. From the restart both side cancelled each other out ,tribute to our backrow who tackled with great tenacity , eventually a missed tackle gave a Yeovil player some space and somehow he managed to spin out of other attempts to stop him and scored a well deserved try, which was converted. Soon after Scot broke through and was certain to score, but somehow managed to trip over his feet and spill the ball so it remained 7-5 in Yeovil's favour at the halftime break .
We were confident that we could take this game as we were playing the better rugby, but needed to score first . Will Able obliged with a charge down which he gathered, scoring in the corner. Avonvale started to play some excellent rugby, backs and forwards combining with powerful runs from Griff and Scott, putting Seb away and he had time to place it under the posts for a conversion. From the kick off we quickly got into the red zone and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which we converted, It was obvious that we had the upper hand now and the opposition were tiring and we put together another great attack resulting a further try .
That should have been game over but the Yeovil captain rallied his troops and we found ourselves defending wave after wave of attacks and we were pinned on our 5m line, which we defended resolutely. Eventually after their tight head gave away another scrum penalty we were able to exit from danger and there was no further score. Great credit to both sides for playing a ferocious but very clean game that was very ably refereed.