Karuta Clan Round-Up 25/01/2018

A number of teams sporting the bespoke team wear supplied by Karuta Sportswear played over the past week, although a lot of fixtures were disrupted due to the poor weather. Here is a roundup of the action.

Newbury Blues RFC vs Weston-Super-Mare RFC

34-15

Weston are going through a sticky patch at the moment and their performance at Newbury on Saturday did little to ease the growing concerns prevalent at the moment. The conditions were poor but Newbury mastered them early on when following a number of drives they opened the scoring with a converted try and within half an hour they were twenty-four points to the good.

During that time Weston had their chances but a combination of poor ball handling and wrong decisions in the red zone cost them dear.

However, the visitors finally came to life in the final minutes of the first half when prop Ollie Streeter crossed to reward his good work of both he and skipper Sam Coles throughout and to end a concerted period of pressure. Mackay converted and when right-wing Hayden Tuttiett scored shortly after a revival looked on the cards especially when not long after the restart Mackay added a penalty to reduce the arrears to nine points.

This purple patch before and after halftime only led to frustration as Newbury scored two more unconverted tries to give them a much-needed bonus point victory.

Weston were without regular centres Dickson and Nel and although they never gave up they need to work on a more concerted defensive effort allied to a more ruthless streak when in the opposition red zone if they are to start climbing the table

Chard RFC vs Devonport Services RFC

Postponed

North Petherton RFC vs Launceston RFC

5-29

North Pethertons Wretched form continued at home to Launceston RFC leaving them level third from bottom. They have a 16-point advantage on basement boys Clevedon but will be feeling nervous as the games come thick and fast and the end of the season approaches. It was always going to a tall order to beat Launceston who had 4 victories in their last 5 with the single loss coming against table toppers Exeter. The game started at an exciting pace and Pethy were more than holding their own against an in-form side however, Launceston were starting to get front foot ball and looked like they could break away any minute. The pethy defence was inspired but the big carries and slick moves from the Launceston backs were starting to carve them open and it wasn’t long before the lengthy period of defence took its toll on the Pethy Players and Launceston crossed the Whitewash for the first time on this wet and windy Saturday afternoon. The rest of the game was played in a very similar vein, Pethy competitive throughout but just lacking the cutting edge to break down their opponents and to their credit they never gave up and got their just rewards with an unconverted try, but it was merely a consolation score as Launceston ran away with the victory scoring tries in each half to leave the full-time score at 5-29. Next week Pethy face a potential season-defining game when they travel to Matson who sit 1 place below them and 4 points between them in the table. This is simply a huge game for Pethy and one that they must win to start pulling away from the relegation battle. Good luck fellas.

Tiverton RFC vs Sidmouth RFC

Postponed

Smiths Rugby vs Bream RFC

38-10

Smith’s were straight out of the blocks with a try in the first five minutes, but Bream came back when awarded a penalty soon after which Sam Thomas slotted. After that the home team stepped up and put the pressure on, causing numerous handling errors from the visitors, which inevitably led to a string of tries.

Score into half time 26 – 3 to Smith’s.

The second half saw a couple of changes for Bream and they had some great spells of play, moving the ball more confidently. Some good work from Smith’s though saw them drive forward and score again. The away team really held their own this half, making good ground, but just not managing to make the score. Finally, they did break through with a try from Andrew Cooper, duly converted by Sam Thomas. Smith’s managed one last surge and scored one more just before the final whistle.

Final score, Smith’s 38 – Bream 10.

Other Results:

Portishead Town FC vs Bristol Telephones – Postponed

Portishead Town FC Ladies – Postponed

Portishead Town FC Ladies Reserves – Postponed

WSM 2s vs Bridgwater 2s – Won 53-10

WSM 4s vs Bristol Barbarians 2s – Won 60-12

Bath Saracens vs Supermarine RFC – Won 19-5

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.

Interested in joining the Clan? For more information call 01934 419901 or email info@karuta-sportswear.com

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