Exeter University 50 - 12 Keynsham
The Keynsham team coached it down to Exeter for a “girls’ night out” on Saturday. Their attention must have been left in the make-up room as the game started because they failed to touch the ball, apart from kick-offs, for the first 10 minutes during which the students ran in three well worked tries, two converted from wide-out to put the score at 19-nil. Keynsham then had a period of ball retention and made slow but sure progress towards the Exeter line but were shattered by an intercept try, putting the home side a further 7 points ahead at 26-0 after just 15 minutes. A fifth try was added when following good back up support play their centre dotted down and another conversion from near the touchline was converted – 33pts to nil.
Keynsham then exerted some pressure on the students’ line bringing about a yellow card for the home side and, following the penalty kick into the corner, a catch- and -drive from the lineout saw prop Ben Angell surge over. Sam Challengers kick just went wide and the half ended at 33-5.
The second half saw the introduction of Gareth Jones for Sam Williams in the second row. From a scrum which was retreating at some speed the students manufactured another fine try from near the half way line just 6 minutes into the half by their right wing, conversion missed: 38-5. Matt Coghlan and Rob Breckon entered the fray for Tim Coghlan and Joe Davis at this point. Keynsham were still striving tooth and nail to match the home side but shipped a further try when their centre crashed over from close range near the posts; conversion good, 45-5. Another flowing move saw the left winger dot down to complete the home teams score at 50-5.
It is safe to say that Keynsham, for the first time this season, were out-played in all phases of the game by a better side, but did match them in two important facets; the effort and determination shown throughout the side was truly commendable, at no stage did heads drop and the desire to play good rugby was there for all to see. The humour has not gone out of the game either despite the competitiveness of league rugby. As Jack Weston touched down for a further consolation try as the clock was in the metaphorical “red zone” he was hear to cry out “last try wins the game ref?” A joy to behold, well tried boys.
So…. It was back to the make-up room, on with the dresses and off to the Students’ Union bar for a well-earned drink – all of the squad deserved one.