Weston scores all Broadland points
Thetford 0, Broadland–Great Yarmouth 10
RUGBY: With Thetford struggling at the bottom of the league this should have been an easy win for the Great Yarmouth side.
The first half was a highly defensive affair, with Jamie Alfshinpour making a last-ditch tackle to prevent a Thetford score. Some hard work in the forwards, notably from Matt Beckett and Kieran Wilkes, drove the ball towards the Thetford 22 line, and with a penalty awarded Tom Weston kicked the first points of the game.
Broadland’s defence was rock-solid as Thetford were struggling to break the gain line. Broadland were however making some inroads into the Thetford half.
A well-crafted move set Tom Weston clear and he side-stepped the wing then the full-back before diving over to score (converted Weston).
Broadland continued to apply pressure and a last-minute drop-goal attempt from Weston drifted wide, leaving the Yarmouth side with a comfortable win.
Comm Tech MoM: Tom Weston.
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Team: T Weston, B Collings, S Noon, J Alfshinpour, J Payne, S Ruddick, P Buckley, M Beckett, R Bilyard, S Tubby, S French, J Fogg, C Hewitt, R Ruddick, A Towfighi (Capt). Subs: L Howlett (45 mins), R Gallie (60), E Dixon (45). Tries: Weston, Con: Weston 1 of 1, Pen: Weston 1 of 1, DG Weston 0 of 1.
Southwold II 27, Broadland–Great Yarmouth Tigers 15
Tigers travelled to Southwold last weekend and a very dominant first 10 minutes from the Yarmouth scrum set the tempo for the game.
However, when the Southwold prop went down, Southwold were unable to field another front row and the match went to uncontested scrums.
Broadland continued to push hard. A dazzling run from Jay Pollard brought the ball in close, Steve Weston went near to a score, but it was prop Jimmy Dwyer who drove through to score (unconverted).
Southwold countered, a kick-and-chase yielding them a converted try, which was followed by a penalty.
Broadland moved the ball steadily back into the Southwold half and centre Ant Payne made really good ground from midfield.
Broadland again played it tight at the goal-line and Pat Finney squeezed through to score (unconverted), the half ending 10-10.
Broadland were on the receiving end of two well-worked Southwold counter-attacks, It was a frustrating period as Abel, Weston and Morrison all crossed the goal-line but were unable to score.
Broadland drove the ball from the corner, and Nathan Bensley drove over from close range (unconverted).
Despite some exceptional tackling from Tristan Barber, Southwold extended their lead through a well- worked try.
The match was concluded with a Southwold penalty.
Green Gate MoM: Ant Payne.
Team: S Weston, P Finney, J Dwyer, P Calnon, A Morrison, G Hawkes, P Abel (capt), M Cammock, J Clarke, M Pywell, J Dudley, A Payne, J Williams, J Pollard, T Barber. Subs: N Bensley (50), D Beagrie (50), R Clarke (70).
Tries: J Dwyer, P Finney, N Bensley, Con: Hawkes 2 of 3, Pen: Hawkes 0 of 1.