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Avon
St Bernadettes Old Boys
A Gapper (2), s book, J Batchelor
Tries
T Boreham (2), J Batchelor
Penalties
Sat 24 Nov 12:00 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Alex Gapper Celebrates 21st Birthday With Try Double

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Avon clinched another bonus point win by 29-15 against a dogged St Bernadettes team in the Somerset Premier league.

Although it was a slightly disjointed game, the visitors had few answers to the power of the Avon pack and to the constant support play out wide. The scene was set inside the first 10 minutes as a powerful scrum surge saw scott book touch down the pushover try. A penalty from Tom Boreham was cancelled out by a similar score from the Saints before the game exploded into life.

A lineout steal and charge upfield from Xander Davis resulted in the ball being swiftly transferred to the far corner with Ollie Flight, Josh Harding-Wyatt and Ian Burnell combining well to test the visitors defence. Then another soaring leap from Book set up a powerful forward drive which was only halted just short of the line, allowing Alex Gapper to celebrate his 21st birthday by sniping over on the blindside for a well-deserved try.

With the lively Will Hayward putting in a man-of-the-match performance on the flank and Matt Thresher impressing with a couple of dangerous runs down the wing, Avon soon extended their lead after the interval with another Boreham penalty. Then, after another attempted pushover try was disallowed, Avon made no mistake as they disrupted the Saints scrum before Book pirouetted out of a tackle to find Gapper in support for his second try.

Avon v St Bernadettes
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St Bernadettes were rewarded for their perseverance as they recycled the ball well to create an overlap and reduced the deficit with a try in the corner. Avon brought top points scorer Jonny Batchelor off the bench for the final quarter and he immediately made an impact with a comfortable penalty to stretch their lead. He followed this up with Avon’s 4th try as he found space with a lengthy kick to the right wing where Dan Mutlow showed some nifty footballing skills to keep the ball in play before chipping it over the tryline, allowing Batchelor to seize their final score.

With the clock in injury time, Saints scored a consolation try as their centre cut an excellent line to crash over under the posts.

Next week, 3rd placed Avon face a tricky trip to play Minehead who sit in 4th position in the table.

Will Hayward

Player of the Match

Will Hayward

Key moments

10:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
15:00
Penalty Tom Boreham kicks a penalty for Avon
30:00
Try scott book scores for Avon
55:00
Penalty Tom Boreham kicks a penalty for Avon
60:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
70:00
Penalty Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
77:00
Try Jonathon Batchelor scores for Avon

Videos and photos

Avon v St Bernadettes
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Avon v St Bernadettes

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Will Hayward is awarded player of the match for Avon
77:00 Try 29 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor scores for Avon
70:00 Penalty 24 - 0
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a penalty for Avon
65:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
62:00 Sub Off
Josh Hardin-Wyatt is substituted off for Avon
62:00 Sub On
Daniel Mutlow is substituted on for Avon
62:00 Sub On
Ian Monachino-Ayres is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Try 21 - 0
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Matt Thresher is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Jonathon Batchelor is substituted on for Avon
55:00 Penalty 16 - 0
Tom Boreham kicks a penalty for Avon
End of period 1
30:00 Try 13 - 0
scott book scores for Avon
15:00 Penalty 8 - 0
Tom Boreham kicks a penalty for Avon
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Avon
  • St Bernadettes Old Boys
  • 0
  • Alex Gapper Try 10:00'
  • Tom Boreham Penalty 15:00'
  • scott book Try 30:00'
  • Tom Boreham Penalty 55:00'
  • Alex Gapper Try 60:00'
  • Matt Thresher Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Sub On 60:00'
  • Josh Hardin-Wyatt Sub Off 62:00'
  • Daniel Mutlow Sub On 62:00'
  • Ian Monachino-Ayres Sub On 62:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Penalty 70:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Try 77:00'

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League round up

Other Tribute Somerset Premier results

Bristol Harlequins
55
7
Burnham-on-Sea
20
13
Nailsea & Backwell
29
11
17
12
Minehead Barbarians
41
17
Imperial

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League table

# 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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