Cents produced a fine fight back to win an excellent game of rugby between two sides who wanted to play open rugby.Cents and Bassett have been playing each other for a number of years and the matches between our two cubs have always been close but open affairs.This match was no different and Bassett came to the stade de bridge sitting second in the table to Cents fourth place with only three points between the sides. Right from the first whistle both sides attacked each other from the beginning and the match turned out to be a great advert for the game,Bassett's young side throwing caution to the wind plus they were matched by the home sides determination not to loose another match at home this season.
Cents took the lead early on with a converted try by Wayne Mulhern but they found themselves 7-19 down going into the final 10 minutes of the first half.Bassett had scored three tries two which were converted and they had showed why they were second in the table.Cents were not playing badly at this stage in fact they were trying to hard and things were not quite happening for them.Bassett took their chances well when they came and they deservedly were in the lead going into the final 10 minutes of the first half.
However in the final 10 minutes of the first half things started to click for the home side as they were starting to get on top through the forward drives of their pack and in particular those by their back row.Cents efforts were rewarded by a solo effort from George Bvuma and this try went unconverted for a half time score of 12-1 to Bassett.
Cents stepped up the pressure in the second half and had Bassett on the back foot but the home side had to be on their guard because the away side were very strong on the counter attack.There was a few scary moments for Cents before they levelled the match through a well taken try by Lewis May converted by Wayne Mulhern.Score 19-19 with everything to play for and Cents kept up their momentum through the driving play of their forwards but they had to defend well at times because of Bassett's counter attacks.
With about 10 minutes to go Cents sealed the match when Wayne Mulhern converted a penalty in front of the post 's following a high tackle by a Bassett player. The Home side hung on till the final whistle for a well deserved win in the end although a draw could well have been a fair result.Final score 22-19 to Cents.
This game was a joy to watch and could have gone either way but in the end Cents were glad of the win particularly with seven changes from the weeks before win at Oxford Harlequins.Lets hope we are able to field our strongest side for the last weekend of the year at Strafford upon Avon