Karuta Clan Round-Up 4/9/2017

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.

Weston-Super-Mare RFC vs Brixham RFC

21-21

On a bright and warm day with no discernible breeze, Weston began their campaign in the South West Premier Division by entertaining Brixham. The opening exchanges were very fast and furious with both teams threatening to break away, but neither taking advantage of the chances they had. At half-time, the score was 12-18 with the Brixham Fly-Half kicking 6 penalties out of 6 to give the away team a slight advantage. In the second half, Weston came close to scoring tries on a number of occasions. The scrum, in particular, kept up great momentum and the backs threatened but Weston’s scores were limited to three penalties leaving the score at 21-18 with a few minutes to play. However, the dream start was banished as an injury time penalty resulting from a collapsed maul from a line out 45 metres out tied the scores as the referee blew for full time. Weston will be pleased to have their unbeaten record left intact and will be looking to get their first victory of the season next week when they take on Newton Abbot.

Chard RFC vs Truro RFC

26-24

This was always going to be an intriguing match following Chard’s relegation from South West 2 and Truro who narrowly missed out on promotion last season and so it proved to be, going right down to the penultimate play of the match. Chard started the match strongly with their forwards dominating the scrums against the much heavier and experienced Truro pack and eventually, this was to be the main difference between the two sides. A half-time loomed Truro were edging proceedings 13-19 but Chard could sense the game was there for the taking. Chard started the second half just as strongly as they had the first and were rewarded with an unconverted try as they started to turn the screw. The game then flowed from end to end with both defences holding firm and Truro eventually grabbed their bonus point try. With seconds to go Chard were 23-24 down and were pushing for the victory. Truro conceded two penalties in quick succession and with nerves of steel, Charlie Roberts stepped up to slot the winning penalty from 45m out to the delight of the majority of the large crowd. A great result for Chard and an Emphatic start to the new season.

Devonport Services RFC vs Tiverton RFC

46-10

Tiverton didn’t have the start to the season they were hoping for. An away trip to Devonport Services on a beautiful day had set the game up perfectly for running rugby. Tiverton’s confidence was high heading into the opening fixture of the season as they looked to start their league campaign off with a bang. However, events unfolded quite differently, Tiverton started slowly and never really recovered. Devonport shot out of the blocks and punished Tiverton early on after some poor discipline and suspect tackling resulted in Devonport racing into an early lead. Tiverton put up a good fight and threatened to claw their way back into the game with a couple of well-worked tries which gave them some momentum momentarily. Unfortunately, once Devonport regained their composure the game was one-way traffic with the contest finishing 46-10. Tiverton will be looking to make amends next week in their first home game of the new season.

Cullompton RFC vs North Petherton RFC

33-28

North Petherton travelled to Cullompton in their much-anticipated opening league fixture of the season. A hotly contested match was predicted and the prediction became a reality. A modern-day thriller was produced with two teams who have high aspirations in this year’s league competition. The match was played at a great standard with both teams showing off attacking flair, producing well-worked team tries. The match was back and forth throughout with the lead changing hands multiple times and it was anyone’s guess who the victor would be heading into the final quarter of the game. Saturday was not to be North Petherton’s day as they succumbed to a mere 5-point loss with the final score coming in at 33-28 to Cullompton. A fiercely contested game that either team would have felt hard-done-by to lose. North Petherton will be licking their wounds this week and looking to put things right in their next league game this Saturday.

Sherborne Town FC vs Portishead Town FC

1-1

Portishead Town FC travelled to Sherborne Town this weekend. In a game between two sides who were only separated by a single position and a single point, a tight and tense affair was predicted with both teams desperately looking to kick start their league campaigns after slow starts to life in The Toolstation Western Football League – Division 1. The game started brightly with both teams showing plenty of attacking intent. With chances for both sides, it looked only a matter of time until someone scored. As the match progressed chances became few and far between as both teams began to frustrate each other. Portishead were on the front foot but were lacking the killer final ball and instinct to put Sherborne to bed. On another day either team could have won the game comfortably but on Saturday it was honours even as the game ran out 1 a piece. A highly entertaining draw that Portishead Town feel they should have won. Next week Portishead face Bishop Sutton where they will be looking to get that elusive victory under their belts.

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 games this week.

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

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