Old Cents put in another fine team performance to beat a Weston Super Mare side that thrashed them away earlier in the season.This is the second home game on the trott Cents have won on the Hartpury artificial pitch and it is our intention to use the pitch for the near future until our own pitch is playable again.
Saturday's match was another case of the team playing to it's attacking strengths along with a superb defensive display against a big Weston side especially in the forwards.There were'nt many missed tackles and this kept Weston at bay apart from in the scrum and the away sides rolling maul close to the home sides try line.Weston had the edge in the scrum through their big set of forwards and their main attacking weapon seemed to be to kick for territory and use their big forward close to the home sides try line.Cents on the other hand moved the ball wide whenever they could and had Weston defending for long periods.
Cents with a strong wind at their backs built up a 26-7 lead by half time and were well worth their lead because of their willingness to use their speedy backs and more agile forwards to run the ball at the away side from everywhere.Cents scored their tries through Rich Pinkney,Rob Jones,Lewis May and Liam Hemming.Liam converted the Cents first half scoring by converting three of the tries and Weston score a converted try from a pushover scrum near to the home side try line.
Cents knew in the second half Weston would use the elements to get field position so that they could use their big forwards and this they started to do,however Cents were the first to score after the break when they scored their contender for the try of their season.The try was scored by Lewis May and was the length of the field affair with some superb inter passing by the backs and forwards.Liam converted and Cents led 33-7 and they had the breathing space to absorb what Weston could throw at them.Try as they might Weston could not break through Cents broken field defence and they scored their two tries from close range using their rolling maul and strong scrum to good effect.Their second try came from a pushover scrum and their third from a rolling maul from a lineout close to Cents try line.During the scoring of Weston's tries Cents went close on several occasions and only last ditch defence kept them out.Weston converted one of their tries for a final score line of 33-19 to Old Cents.
As said before this was a great team performance from Cents and they only struggled at the scrummage and this was partly because of Weston much bigger forwards.The win moved Cents off the bottom of the table and they still have two games in hand over Chippenham and Avonmouth.
Old Cents man of the match went to Centre Michael Mathers for his strong tackling and bullocking runs in attack.Close behind must have been Dean Harper who was everywhere both in attack and defence.Also young Ollie Locke had a sound game at outside half and has slotted in quite well over the last three weeks.