Karuta Clan Round-Up 1/02/2018

A number of teams sporting the bespoke team wear supplied by Karuta Sportswear played over the past week. Here is a roundup of the action.

Camborne RFC vs Weston-Super-Mare RFC

30-27

On a heavy and wet pitch and facing into a stiffening breeze Weston had the better of the opening 20 minutes and went close to scoring several; times but lacked a clinical edge to their finishing.

Camborne finally gained some momentum and exerted some pressure and on only their second visit to the visitor’s half of the field, they won a penalty. They kicked from the corner and from the resulting lineout caught and drove the ball with great power and scored a forwards try. The conversion was not made and with barely five more minutes on the clock they repeated exactly the same trick. This time the forwards drive over the Weston line resulted in a try that was converted and Camborne had opened up a 12 – 0 lead.

From the restart, Weston took full advantage of regained possession and they worked the ball through several phases and Hocking was on hand to touch down a final drive to the line by the pack. MacKay’s conversion cut the hosts lead to five points and Weston were hopeful of making further inroads but their hopes were dashed by a third try, deja vu as it was a carbon copy of the first two tries. The conversion was made and Camborne had established a fifteen point lead in the space of just 16 minutes.

With the wind at their backs, Weston hoped to trim back the lead and they tried valiantly to gain some momentum but there were too many mistakes, dropped passes and wrong option taken for them to pose any serious threat and the host’s defensive work was secure although they were rarely out of there own half.

Against the run of play, their fullback stepped out of a tackle and sprinted away for the line to score Camborne’s bonus point try. Weston finished strongly but could prise open the defence and the game finished with Weston recording their sixth consecutive defeat. This has resulted in a slide to 12 position and Weston need a change in form and fortunes in the remaining eight games of the season if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

Falmouth RFC vs Chard RFC

29-15

Chard played well at Falmouth but another defeat on the road for Chard has left the team pointless in January.

They gave a wholehearted display but two bad errors midway through the first half, in the end, proved decisive.

Chard unfortunately had issues before the game in that late withdrawals from several players ( all three quarters) combined with the news that their main goal kicker Charlie Roberts could well be out for the season having sustained a knee injury meant that Chard travelled to Cornwall with the bare bones of a team and included only two players who would normally consider themselves as backs. As a result, skipper Ryan Helliar and coach Jim Wagstaff had to shuffle things around which meant that several players were playing out of position. To their credit, they all played with great enthusiasm and gave very committed performances which would have pleased Wagstaff who also had to turn out.

Chard played against a very strong wind in the first half and were not surprisingly pinned back in their own half for long periods. They defended well however but eventually, the pressure told and after 15minutes Falmouth went over for a try under the posts scored by Tom Spiller and converted by skipper Justyn Irons.7-0

The game actually turned however when Chard who had been giving a good account of themselves gave away two virtually identical interception tries. Two of the teams most experienced players were guilty of sloppy badly timed passes and on both occasions centre Tom Edmunds was the beneficiary and both his tries were converted to give Falmouth a 21-nil lead at the break which was very harsh on the Chard team. who had otherwise acquitted themselves well

A simple game made difficult by the players at times!

Chard bounced back well in the second half and showed a great deal of character.

Initially, the forwards who were good throughout drove Falmouth back at a rate of knots and Dave Biss powered his way over under the posts for a fine try which Ryan Wingate converted. Wingate then converted a penalty goal to get Chard into double figures but just as it looked as if Chard might make a significant charge and get right back into the mix the home side managed to get some possession and increased their lead with a third try from Edmunds. Irons missed the conversion but did add a penalty goal to take the score to 29-10. These scores were against the run of play as Chard certainly had the better of the second half territorially.

Chard did get the reward they deserved when Max Gosden went over for a try late in the game. The simple conversion was missed and late attempts to get another try which would have yielded a losing bonus point fell agonisingly short. Chard ‘won’ the second half by 15pts to 8 but will really rue the self-inflicted wounds that cost them the game!

Skipper Helliar was pleased with the contribution made by Connor Moon who was making his debut at this level.

Matson RFC vs North Petherton RFC

20-28

A titanic battle between two teams who threw everything at each other for the entire match. Both teams tried to play attacking rugby in horrendous conditions and a pitch which was difficult to keep your footing. The importance of the game was evident in the first ten minutes with many crunching tackles knocking players backwards.

The opening exchanges were tough and testing with everyone looking for some momentum. Matson defended well and turned the early pressure around with a superb clearance kick into the Petherton half. The home team moved the ball across the backs but were met with some resolute tackling from Jack Coles and Carl Jones. Petherton played their way into the game mainly through the forwards but this time all the backs joined in and after a series of drives Mac Taylor darted over and in the difficult wind, Sam Williams made the conversion look easy (0-7).

The exchanges were still physical but with the pitch making it difficult both teams showed individual skills and this time it was for Matson’s forwards to get the upper hand and roll over the line for a well-worked try (5-7). The match stayed between the two ten yard lines as defences showed their metal with Dan Morgan, Dominik Griffin and Greg Charlton fully committed to every collision. Petherton made the first clean break when John Gallagher and Ben Freeman released Henry Gliddon down the flank who turned inside and after another series of short breaks the ball bobbled around and landed in the hands of Eryk Lazinski who shot over and under the posts for Williams to convert (5-14).

Petherton looked comfortable but Matson had other ideas and only some solid defending by Lewis Allen and Sam Chillingworth prevented another home try. Matson kept on the pressure and again showed some patience to force their way over to narrow the gap (10-14).

Petherton playing down the slope ideally needed another score before half-time to give themselves some breathing space and with some lung-busting efforts from Arron Gibbs, Charlton and Morgan Pethy were in a strong position for Nic Sestaret to somehow find a gap and reach over, Williams added the two on the whistle (10-21)

The second half began with both teams again committing everything and giving nothing cheaply! Matson used the slope wisely and began to use the chip kick to find spaces which kept Chillingworth, Allen and Gliddon on their toes. The home team grew in confidence and used the ball well in the miserable conditions to score their third try (15-21).

It became increasingly difficult to recognise anyone but Pethy from one to fifteen battled tirelessly typified by Griffin all raised their game after more strong work from the forwards who linked with Gallagher and Freeman. Pethy camped themselves in the home team 22 and after a slick drive Gibbs shot over, Williams converted (15-28).

The match entered the last fifteen minutes and Matson came into their own and monopolised possession and held field position. Taylor, Lazinski, Williams, Jones, Coles and Charlton all must have had a double-figure tackle count in the last minutes. However, Matson had other ideas and worked their way over for try bonus point (20-28). From the restart, it began again with Pethy forced back and just as it looked like the Matson backs had broken through Gallagher and Freeman shut them down! The relief was short lived as Matson moved their way upfield and again camped on the Pethy line, some unrecognisable face turned it over and Pethy played smart to run down the clock and huge relief on the final whistle to end a morale-boosting victory.

Paignton RFC vs Tiverton RFC

28-7

Back to earth with a bump after the win at St Austell 2 weeks ago. Tiverton didn’t really need that week off because of the weather and they couldn’t continue the momentum from their previous victory.

The first 20 mins saw Paignton use their forwards to drive up the middle and recycle quick ball but Tiverton’s defending was strong as they kept knocking them over and forcing errors. For long periods, Tiverton just couldn’t get their hands on the ball but when they did Tiverton put it through the phases, breaking their defence several times but never getting near the scoreline. Paignton kept up the pressure in between times and although the lineouts were a bit of a lottery in the wind, they were certainly getting the better of the scrum area but the only score of the half was after 25 mins when successive pickup and drives saw them score near the posts, converted for 7-0. In the final 5 minutes, Tiverton broke through after strong runs from Wayne and Adam and with pick up and drives pulling their defence in, Tiverton put the ball wide but a last gasp tackle stopped Tom just short of the line.

The second half was much of the same with Tiverton defending for long periods, but in between making counter attacks and putting them under pressure, the home side scored again, when Tiverton failed to defend several driving mauls, to go 14-0 down. From the restart, Tiverton got good possession and kept the ball in for several pick up and drives and Ed breaking down the short side, which Paignton struggled to defend and eventually, Vickers broke through to score with Matt D converting for 14-7. With James, Lucky and Joe coming on, Tiverton continued to defend well but kept making errors in good positions in their half when they had the ball, whether it be a dropped ball, knock on or giving away a penalty, with their 10 pinning Tiverton back in their 22. Paignton scored their 3rd try with 10 mins left for 21-7 and hunted for the bonus point but Tiverton kept trying to attack and when Mark broke through and offloaded to Jack on his inside, he had the full back to beat and on trying to touch down, lost the ball over the line—it would have got Tiverton within bonus point range but it wasn’t to be, as Paignton cleared their lines, Tiverton ended up near their line defending a scrum. They got the drive on and scored the final try for the bonus point, converted for a 28-7 final score.

It was a disappointing performance by Tiverton, but take nothing away from Paignton, they played very well and kept the pressure up for long periods whereas Tiverton played in 4 or 5 minute periods.

Next week see’s the start of 3 Home games in a row, starting with St Ives on Saturday. Good luck fellas.

Bream RFC vs Aretians RFC

39-10

On a day that saw a minutes silence in memory of Johnny Lewis, Bream turned up and took the points.

Right from the start, you could see the home side meant business with a try early on from Sam Thomas, but Aertians came back shortly after though with a successful penalty kick. Great determination, ball movement and rucking from Bream finally won them a penalty, which was duly converted by Rhys Evans. The home side, with their tails up, then put in two more tries, one from Sam Beddis which was converted and one from Ben Jones which wasn’t, they were moving the ball well today and strong carries from Duncan Adams, Jake Scott and Andy Copper saw them make good ground and create opportunities.

Halftime score 20 – 3 to Bream.

The second half started as the first, with Bream scoring early on with Dan Hardy. More dominance from the home team saw them put in two more well-worked tries, with another from Sam Beddis and one from Rhys Evans, both converted. Great determination from Aertians saw them put in a late score, which was converted.

Final score, Bream 39 – Aertians 10.

Other Results:

Taunton Wanderers vs Frome 3s – Won 32-29

WSM 2s – No Game

WSM 3s vs Tor 2s – Postponed

WSM 4s vs Midsomer Norton 2s – Won 36-12

Karuta Sportswear would like to congratulate all members of their Clan on their results over the weekend and wish them all the best in their upcoming fixtures this week.

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