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1st Xv Battle the Elements to go 2nd

2 months ago By Old Bristolians

The 1st Xv made it 7 wins from 8 in WCN

Heading to Midsomer Norton on Saturday with some notable absentees on Saturday did not deter the guys who put in an outstanding performance to win their for the first time in a number of years.

With storm Brian blowing directly down the pitch it was a great toss to win by Greener who took the advice and played into the gale.

A brilliant start from a smaller OBs pack saw them dominate possession for the first 15 minutes driving the Norton pack up the pitch. Close quarter handling saw the guys go ahead with a try from Jon Whiteman wide out.

Another fantastic set of drives by Andy Badcock, Matt Douglas, Oli Jones and Sean Mackin saw a penalty awarded in front of the posts. Matt Law's kick was good and was to prove the difference.

As the half wore on the line out possession was getting better and better. Norton's lack of possession and inability to use the wind effectively meant that despite conceding two tries OBs turned around only six points down.

Within 2 minutes of the restart a deft chip from Rory Davis saw Tom Westray score. Matt Law converted.

Once again the driving play saw Norton pinned in their 22 and jon Whiteman snuck in for his second. Law again converted.

At 22:14 up the guys went to sleep and allowed Norton field position. With Norton getting their driving play together Jack Paffett was binned for collapsing a maul. The inevitable try came quickly but the kick from out wide was missed and with 15 minutes to go the game could have gone either way.

However, the OBs defence which has been so strong all season stepped up and the green wall proved insurmountable. The scrum which had been under pressure suddenly grew in confidence and powered Norton backwards. In one defensive shift Whiteman not satisfied with his two tries picked up a Norton player in possession and carried him 20 M's down the field.

Rory's kicks to the corner alleviated the pressure as the final few minutes were spent in the Norton half.

Lot's of great performances but best on ground went to Schnollie, a centre converted to the 2nd Row. His close quarter work and choke tackling proved crucial

Updated 10:56 - 16 Jan 2018 by Jonathan Boxall

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