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Old Redcliffians II
Avon
Tries
I Burnell, J Hardin-Wyatt, A Gapper
Conversions
J Batchelor (2)
Penalties
J Batchelor
Penalty Try
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

3rd Successive Win as Burnell Excels

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Avon moved up to 2nd place in Somerset Premier with an efficient bonus point win by 29 points to nil at Old Redcliffians 2nds.

For much of the first half, Old Reds proved a stern threat playing down the slope as they forced Avon on the defensive inside their own half. Some determined tackling from Zak Harwood, Sam Book and Ben Hurd, together with an inspired performance from man-of-the-match Ian Burnell, kept them at bay.

Meanwhile when Avon moved play back up field, they were ruthless in taking their chances as two visits into their hosts 22 brought two tries. Firstly, a powerful line out drive saw Burnell emerge from the pile of bodies to claim the opening try. Then a variation of the same move sucked in the home defence and Josh Harding-Wyatt cut a great line to touch down under the posts.

With Avon gaining in confidence, they mixed play through their power runners like Chaz Meddick and Xander Davies with deft offloads from Kane and scott book. It was no surprise when they extended their lead on the stroke of half time as continual recycling eventually created the opening for scrum half Alex Gapper to poach their third try.

Two Jonny Batchelor conversions gave Avon a useful 19-0 lead which he then extended immediately after the interval with a successful penalty. Tom Boreham continued to pull the strings at fly half in a masterful display and Avon were rewarded when a massive scrum surge resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try to bring up their bonus point score.

As conditions worsened, the greasy ball made concerted handling difficult and Old Reds tightened up their defence to prevent any further scoring. Next week Avon welcome Burnham to Hicks Field.

Avon 2nds were grateful to Frome for bolstering their ranks but came up short as Walcot 3rds finished up comfortable winners in the Bath Combination Merit Table.

Ian Burnell

Player of the Match

Ian Burnell

Key moments

10:00
Try Ian Burnell scores for Avon
25:00
Try Josh Hardin-Wyatt scores for Avon
26:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
38:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
39:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
43:00
Penalty Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon

Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Ian Burnell is awarded player of the match for Avon
65:00 Sub Off
Olly Flight is substituted off for Avon
65:00 Sub On
Matt Thresher is substituted on for Avon
55:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
55:00 Sub On
Will Hayward is substituted on for Avon
50:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Avon
43:00 Penalty 0 - 22
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
38:00 Try 0 - 17
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
26:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
25:00 Try 0 - 10
Josh Hardin-Wyatt scores for Avon
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Ian Burnell scores for Avon
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As it happened

  • Old Redcliffians II
  • Avon
  • 0
  • Ian Burnell Try 10:00'
  • Josh Hardin-Wyatt Try 25:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 26:00'
  • Alex Gapper Try 38:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 39:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Penalty 43:00'
  • Penalty Try 50:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 55:00'
  • Will Hayward Sub On 55:00'
  • Olly Flight Sub Off 65:00'
  • Matt Thresher Sub On 65:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Wiveliscombe 24 99
2. Burnham-on-Sea 24 93
3. Imperial 24 83
4. Avon 24 78
5. Yatton 25 71
6. Minehead Barbarians 24 69
7. Nailsea & Backwell 24 68

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