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Sat 30 Sep 2017

Cleve RFC

28 - 25

(HT 10-10)

Bournemouth RFC

Bournemouth RFC

Season 2017/2018 • 31st League Season

South West Premier • Level 5

Cleve v Bournemouth

Saturday, 30 September, KO 2.30pm at The Hayfields

Result: Cleve 28/4tc2p-25/3tc2p Bournemouth
HT: 10/2t-10/tc1p

Bournemouth failed to make the most of their opportunities

Bournemouth: Alex Sutherland/c2p, Alex Everett-Bolter, Freddie Gleadowe/t, Scott Chislett, Dan Stewart, Joe Gwyther/c, Sam Hardcastle/t, Pat Fraser, Alan Manning, Luca Firetto, Matt Christopher, Jack Hennings, Richard Sharp, Alexander Bennett, Joe Rees/C. Substitutes: Adam MacDonald, Tom Napier, Wyn Roberts/t. Touch Judge: Gavin Fisher. DoR: Will Croker. Coach: Jon Sanchez. Manager: Andy John. Medical Team: Steve Trapp, Hannah Hunter. Club League Records: Sam Hardcastle extends his own club league career records to 300 starts, 287 as scrum-half, which are, ipso facto, the club records for a back On the scoring front, Sam’s try means he has now scored 908 points and 175 tries, needless to say both club records. League Milestones: Alan Manning plays for the 250th time. Luca Firetto selected for the 100th time.

Referee: Alex Marsh. Match Official: Dave Yorath.

A number of changes to the team that played Camborne last week. Freddie Gleadowe came off the bench to replace the unavailable Grant Hancox at outside centre. Joe Gwyther, playing for the first time for the 1st XV this season, replaced the injured Adam Davies at fly-half. Pat Fraser, making his first start this season, also came off the bench to replace the unavailable Stephen Jenkinson at loosehead. On the bench were Adam MacDonald, making his first appearance for the 1st XV, Tom Napier making his first appearance for the 1st XV this season and Wyn Roberts, returning after missing the last two games. Frazer Wilford was unavailable.

The weather was grey and overcast with a threat of rain with a noticeable breeze from the West blowing straight down the pitch. Underfoot, the pitch looked very good.

Cleve kicked off from left to right as viewed from the clubhouse into the breeze and to their left.

Having eschewed a couple of chances to take an early lead with two kicks at goal by full back Sutherland as a reward for early Bournemouth pressure, the visitors were stung by two tries, first down the left and then down the right and there Bournemouth were giving the opposition a customary ten-point lead early in the game. Despite losing another lock when Hennings was helped off with a knee injury to be replaced by MacDonald, making his debut Bournemouth’s pressure yielded yet another penalty and this time Sutherland kicked the goal to make the score 3-10 with less than ten minutes of the half to go. A piece of Hardcastle magic when the scrum-half wove his way through some broken play gave Sutherland every chance of completing the recovery by spotting the ball under the posts. Ten-all at half-time was not too bad considering having given the opposition a ten-point start.

Chasing the restart down Stewart was penalized for tackling the catcher while in the air which put Bournemouth on the back foot at the start of the half. However when the kicker didn’t find touch Sutherland was able to clear left. Nonetheless, Cleve were in enemy territory and, having secured a penalty as Bournemouth defended desperately, fly-half Huntley restored the home side’s lead at 13-10 from right of the posts. Bournemouth struck back almost immediately when Cleve were penalized in front of their posts and from ten metres out, Sutherland tied the scores up at 13-all half-way through the half. Bournemouth broke out from the restart through a typical run by inside centre Chislett but a chip through was returned with some interest by Cleve taking play back deep into the Bournemouth half. However Bournemouth stormed straight back and outside centre Gleadowe, tight on the left touchline, showed pace and strength to throw off would be tacklers and was able to run round to spot the ball under the posts. Fly-half Gwyther, taking over kicking duties from Sutherland made the score 20-13. This good work was partially undone, when a touch wasn’t found, a Cleve counter helped by less than adequate tackling saw play back inside the Bournemouth 22m where a penalty was yielded as the defence got more frenzied. Huntley kicked the goal from in front of the posts to reduce the arrears by three at 20-16. At this point Roberts replaced Stewart on the left wing. The replacement winger was soon in action when a huge miss-pass by Gwyther found the newcomer and he needed no second invitation to hare off down his touchline. Despite desperate attempts to cut him off he was over the line to score. Sutherland first attempt to kick for goal was charged down but apparently illegally so as referee Alex Marsh asked for the kick to be retaken. However the kick was missed anyway but Bournemouth had a two-score lead at 25-16 half-way through the second half. Cleve made a nonsense of that advantage by scoring more or less straight from the restart. Huntley continued his tactic of restarting with a deft drop out straight down field and only just beyond the 10m line which worked very well for the chasers as they had a good a chance of jumping for the ball as the defenders. It worked, the ball was recovered and keeping possession went right. The forwards drove for the line where No 8 Uren was driven over wide out. Huntley kicked the goal and that advantage had almost evaporated in one fell swoop at 25-23. Sutherland had another opportunity to kick for goal when Cleve were penalized on their 22m but the full back’s effort was short and wide and Cleve cleared right. Bournemouth lost the ball at the line-out but despite winning a scrum the handling going right let Bournemouth down and Cleve were back in the Bournemouth 22m. Cleve were penalized which allowed Gwyther to clear right. As Bournemouth drove off the line-out, Cleve were penalized trying to stop it and Gwyther was again able to clear right, finding touch on the half-way line. Again Cleve won the throw-in and a kick right was fielded by Stewart but his kick out of defence was run back by Cleve and they scored in the righthand corner. Huntley failed to convert but his side lead 28-25 with what turned out to be almost ten minutes left to play. In those last frantic minutes a throw-in wasn’t straight but when Cleve cleared left a quickly taken throw-in saw Bournemouth advance into the Cleve 22m. There they were awarded a penalty and with the kicker not having the confidence to kick for goal to tie up the score a tap and go was chosen. Hardcastle moved the ball right and Roberts, coming off his wing as Bournemouth desperately looked for that vital score, was scragged just short of the line and Marsh blew for ‘no time’.

Bournemouth drop to fifth swopping places with Cleve.

Doug Warren

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