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Avon 1st - Match centre

Avon
Imperial
J Hardin-Wyatt, G Atherton, B Hurd, Z Harwood, s book
Tries
Unknown
J Batchelor (4)
Conversions
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Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Avon return to winning ways

A 33-7 bonus point win over Imperial consolidates 3rd place in Somerset Premier.

After an early spell of Avon pressure, it was Imperial who threatened to open the scoring but their try attempt was prevented as the ball was dislodged by a covering tackle as their number 8 drove over the line. Thereafter Avon came into their own with a great display of attacking rugby where the forwards and backs linked seamlessly to create a flow of fluid attacks.

This was orchestrated from Zak Harwood who produced a man-of-the-match performance in the unaccustomed position of fly half, constantly testing the Imperial defence with his powerful runs and keeping Avon on the front foot with his trusty left boot. This pressure was eventually rewarded after a multi-phase Avon attack saw Xander Davis pop the ball out of the tackle before skipper scott book timed an exquisite pass to Josh Harding-Wyatt who cantered over the opening try.

Shortly afterwards a solid Avon scrum allowed Harwood the chance to surge upfield before Chaz Meddick sucked in the visitors’ defence to unleash centre Glen Atherton who brushed off a despairing tackle to touch down with Jonny Batchelor slotting the conversion.

Imperial’s efforts saw them add a deserved converted try from an opportunist short penalty but Avon responded in style after another concerted movement was only halted by last ditch defence inside the visitors’ 22. From the resulting line out, predatory Ben Hurd fastened onto the ball after an unstoppable forward drive to touch down their 3rd try.

With the match being played in great spirit between the two teams and well-refereed, the second half gave the crowd an entertaining afternoon of live rugby as play ebbed and flowed across the pitch. Avon always had the edge though and it was no surprise when they soon added their bonus point try. Another attacking scrum saw Avon move play out wide with Harwood tracking inside all the way before being unleashed to cruise over the try line.

After both sides cancelled each other out for a spell, Avon finally added their 5th try, started and finished by scott book. A soaring line out catch presented quick ball off the top which was swiftly moved along the line to the right wing before play was switched back across field for Book to add the finishing touch near the posts. Batchelor added his 4th conversion to seal the convincing win.

Director of Rugby Clive Book said afterwards “I’m pleased that we performed well against a useful side which gives us a platform to build on for next Saturday away trip to Minehead”

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Zak Harwood

Player of the Match

Zak Harwood

Key moments

19:00
Try Josh Hardin-Wyatt scores for Avon
25:00
Try Glen Atherton scores for Avon
26:37
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
28:00
Try Try for Imperial
29:09
Conversion Conversion for Imperial
37:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
39:05
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
60:00
Try Zak Harwood scores for Avon
60:32
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
71:00
Try scott book scores for Avon
71:18
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon

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Avon v Imperial 7/4/2018
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Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Zak Harwood is awarded player of the match for Avon
71:18 Conversion 33 - 7
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
71:00 Try 31 - 7
scott book scores for Avon
66:00 Sub Off
Glen Atherton is substituted off for Avon
66:00 Sub On
Rory is substituted on for Avon
65:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
65:00 Sub On
Sam Book is substituted on for Avon
63:00 Sub On
Will Hayward is substituted on for Avon
63:00 Sub Off
Chaz Meddick is substituted off for Avon
60:32 Conversion 26 - 7
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
60:00 Try 24 - 7
Zak Harwood scores for Avon
End of period 1
39:05 Conversion 19 - 7
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
37:00 Try 17 - 7
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
29:09 Conversion 12 - 7
Conversion for Imperial
28:00 Try 12 - 5
Try for Imperial
26:37 Conversion 12 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
25:00 Try 10 - 0
Glen Atherton scores for Avon
19:36 Missed Conversion
Jonathon Batchelor misses a conversion for Avon
19:00 Try 5 - 0
Josh Hardin-Wyatt scores for Avon
10:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Imperial
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As it happened

  • Avon
  • Imperial
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  • Josh Hardin-Wyatt Try 19:00'
  • Glen Atherton Try 25:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 26:37'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Conversion 29:09'
  • Ben Hurd Try 37:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 39:05'
  • Zak Harwood Try 60:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 60:32'
  • Chaz Meddick Sub Off 63:00'
  • Will Hayward Sub On 63:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 65:00'
  • Sam Book Sub On 65:00'
  • Glen Atherton Sub Off 66:00'
  • Rory Sub On 66:00'
  • scott book Try 71:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 71:18'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Gordano 24 105
2. Wiveliscombe 24 103
3. Avon 24 95
4. Weston-s-Mare II 24 87
5. Imperial 24 84
6. Old Redcliffians II 24 75
7. Nailsea & Backwell 24 59

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