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Avon
Old Redcliffians II
X Davis, B Hurd, D Griffin
Tries
J Batchelor (2)
Conversions
J Batchelor
Penalties
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Exciting 22-22 draw to end season

Avon rounded off a successful season with an exhilarating 22-22 draw against a strong Old Reds 2nds team. This consolidates 3rd place on their return to the Somerset Premier league.

Before kick-off, both teams observed a minute’s silence to pay their respects to long-serving Avon stalwart, John Cashnella, who died suddenly last week.

For the first 30 minutes of this entertaining match, Old Reds monopolised possession and territory through their large pack and dangerous backs. Avon responded with some magnificent defence to hold them at bay, apart from a solitary try which the visitors scored in the right corner.

Then, as Avon eventually started to retain some ball and work their way upfield, several close quarter drives were held up just short of the line before Xander Davis forced his way over for their opening try. With Jonny Batchelor converting magnificently from the touchline, Avon took the lead against the run of play. They soon doubled this on the stroke of half time as some clever inter-passing created an attacking scrum 5 metres out. With an impressive surge from the pack, there was only one outcome as Ben Hurd pounced for his 11th try of the season. Batchelor again added the extras.

Avon v Old Reds 21/4/2018
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Old Reds started the second half with great attacking intent and were soon rewarded with a converted try in the corner to close the gap to 2 points. As Avon started to flag from their tough match in midweek, Reds seized their opportunity and created another well-worked converted try to take the lead. As the game ebbed and flowed, both sides cancelled each other out until Avon launched a massive effort in the final 10 minutes. Ian Burnell led the way with a charge through the middle, a series of pick-and-drives followed before Avon exploited the space out wide for man-of-the-match Dan Griffin to switch inside for the try to level the scores.

With the match in its final stages, Old Reds thought they had done enough to sneak the win with a straightforward penalty to open up a 3 point lead going into injury time. Avon had other ideas though and one last surge created the platform for a penalty award from 30 metres out. Batchelor held his nerve with the last kick of the match to earn a creditable draw after a pulsating finish to the season.

Afterwards head coach Kai Harwood said “I’m full of admiration for the team who have played 3 tough matches inside a week, with some players carrying injuries and others slotting in out of position. We said at the start of the season that we wanted to enjoy our rugby this year and I think this game showed the spirit and commitment within the squad.”

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Dan Griffin

Player of the Match

Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin

Player of the Match

Dan Griffin

Key moments

30:00
Try Xander Davis scores for Avon
31:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
38:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
39:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
70:00
Try Dan Griffin scores for Avon
78:00
Penalty Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon

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Avon v Old Reds 21/4/2018
31 photos
Avon v Old Reds 21/4/2018

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Dan Griffin is awarded player of the match for Avon
80:00 Player of the Match
Dan Griffin is awarded player of the match for Avon
78:00 Penalty 22 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
70:00 Try 19 - 0
Dan Griffin scores for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Chaz Meddick is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Ian Burnell is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Sam Book is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Damien Sawyer is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Christopher Mutlow is substituted on for Avon
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
38:00 Try 12 - 0
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
31:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
30:00 Try 5 - 0
Xander Davis scores for Avon
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As it happened

  • Avon
  • Old Redcliffians II
  • 0
  • Xander Davis Try 30:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 31:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 38:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 39:00'
  • Chaz Meddick Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ian Burnell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Book Sub On 60:00'
  • Damien Sawyer Sub On 60:00'
  • Christopher Mutlow Sub On 60:00'
  • Dan Griffin Try 70:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Penalty 78:00'

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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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