Keynsham RFC 26 - Newton Abbot RFC 12
A try bonus point was again left in the changing room when the third home match of the league season was played at the Crown Field on Saturday, the visitors on this occasion being Newton Abbot. The match was played in really warm conditions, not easy for the players of both sides.
The first ten minutes was all Keynsham’s who came out of the trap running. Bursts by Cieran Chester, on the wing, and Josh Woodman, hooker brought a second minute opportunity but a handling error saw the ball go into touch.
A powerful scrum and several mauls just brought a penalty, slotted by Sam Challenger after 5 minutes, a scrum infringement allowed Challenger to kick a second penalty. Another chance was spilt on 16 minutes when the home side conceded a penalty when better control would have yielded more points. Phil Harvey retired from the fray with a back spasm at this stage and was replaced by Darren Uren. The Black and Amber took a scrum against the head and a searching kick by scrum-half John Pearce took play to within 7 metres from the “Whites’” try-line. From that position a searing break by the visitors’ full-back Partridge and link up play by centres Saxton and Brown stretched K’s defence and the attack was only stopped at the 22-metre mark. Keynsham cleared this but 2 successive penalties brought the play back to the 5 metres line. This time it was the Whites who conceded a penalty to relieve the pressure. 32 minutes gone and, somewhat against the run of play, the visitors them scored a try in the right-hand corner; winger Josh Daly touching down and their captain Jake Monnington slotted a difficult conversion to edge Newton Abbot ahead. A third penalty from the boot of Challenger completed the scoring in an uninspiring first half.
Again, in the second half the local lads started strongly and they eventually scored their first try after 8 minutes. Following many pack surges, Pearce sniped away and Matt Clifton touched down, Challenger’s conversion taking the score to 14-7. Joe Clements was swapped with Callum Fennell at this stage. An intercept and strong run by Ollie Conybeare brought play to within 7 metres of the visitors line, a penalty ensued and Keynsham opted for a scrum, from which Jack Weston notched try no 2, Challenger’s kick just missing.
At 21 minutes, a break from 40 metres out saw Marlon Dorset score under the posts, the conversion making it 26-7 and the game sealed, just get the bonus point now! 5 minutes later Clements came back for the hobbling Jack Cowan. The Whites never gave up and were rewarded with a second try, scored by Aaron Brown. The home side did not threaten to get the fourth try required.
Once again Keynsham’s defence was of the highest order and they denied a threatening back-line any time or space thus forcing errors. The pack had its usual solid performance.
Next challenge is North Petherton away, are you up for it lads?