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Avon 1st - Match centre

Bristol Harlequins
Avon
Tries
C Meddick, B Hurd (2), J Leeming (2), A Gapper, O Flight
Conversions
J Batchelor (4), X Davis
Sat 5 Jan 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Somerset Premier Full time

Deceptive Winning Scoreline in Hard Fought Match

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Avon were made to work hard by a Bristol Harlequins team whose first half performance belied their lowly league position.

Things started well for Avon as they took an early lead when man-of-the-match Chaz Meddick crashed over wide out to open the scoring. Quins then hit back to take the lead with a converted try shortly after and then dominated the rest of the half as their efficient pack controlled proceedings down the slope. They extended their lead with a penalty and only some excellent Avon defence and a few moments of good fortune prevented any further Quins scores. Eventually Avon weathered the storm and started to exert some control, going into half time 2 points up against the run of play after Ben Hurd went straight though the middle of a breakdown to score a vital try.

Having spent most of the first half in an arm-wrestle with the Quins pack, Coach Kai Harwood changed the tactics and told his players to open the game up. This worked instantly as Avon started to spread the ball wide, allowing Hurd pick up his second try before winger James Leeming out-paced the defence to open up a two score lead. Then, with 10 minutes remaining, Avon’s tactics paid dividends as they exposed a tiring Quins defence with 3 more converted tries to put an added gloss on their win.

Firstly, Leeming added his second with another scorching run, then Alex Gapper touched down before Ollie Flight celebrated his birthday with the final try. Jonny Batchelor added 4 conversions before leaving the field through injury with 2nd row forward Xander Davis nonchalantly slotting the final conversion. This late surge resulted in a 45 – 10 final score line which seemed harsh on the battling performance of the Quins side and which keeps Avon in the mix in the top 4 of Somerset Premier.

Harlequins v Avon 5/1/2019
31 photos

Avon's commitment to the cause was no more evident than in enthusiastic replacement louis belsten who was so eager to join in the action that he ran onto the pitch having forgotten to put his shorts on!

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Chaz Meddick

Player of the Match

Chaz Meddick

Key moments

5:00
Try Chaz Meddick scores for Avon
30:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
31:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
41:00
Try Ben Hurd scores for Avon
42:00
Try James Leeming scores for Avon
43:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
48:00
Try James Leeming scores for Avon
49:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
52:00
Try Alex Gapper scores for Avon
53:00
Conversion Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
78:00
Try Olly Flight scores for Avon
78:00
Conversion Xander Davis kicks a conversion for Avon

Videos and photos

Harlequins v Avon 5/1/2019
31 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Chaz Meddick is awarded player of the match for Avon
78:00 Conversion 0 - 45
Xander Davis kicks a conversion for Avon
78:00 Try 0 - 43
Olly Flight scores for Avon
70:00 Sub On
louis belsten is substituted on for Avon
70:00 Sub Off
Dan Griffin is substituted off for Avon
60:00 Sub On
Jack Garmson is substituted on for Avon
60:00 Sub Off
Ben Hurd is substituted off for Avon
53:00 Conversion 0 - 38
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
52:00 Try 0 - 36
Alex Gapper scores for Avon
49:00 Conversion 0 - 31
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
48:00 Try 0 - 29
James Leeming scores for Avon
43:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
42:00 Try 0 - 22
James Leeming scores for Avon
41:00 Try 0 - 17
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Jonathon Batchelor kicks a conversion for Avon
30:00 Try 0 - 10
Ben Hurd scores for Avon
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Chaz Meddick scores for Avon
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As it happened

  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Avon
  • 0
  • Chaz Meddick Try 5:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 30:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 31:00'
  • Ben Hurd Try 41:00'
  • James Leeming Try 42:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 43:00'
  • James Leeming Try 48:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 49:00'
  • Alex Gapper Try 52:00'
  • Jonathon Batchelor Conversion 53:00'
  • Ben Hurd Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jack Garmson Sub On 60:00'
  • Dan Griffin Sub Off 70:00'
  • louis belsten Sub On 70:00'
  • Olly Flight Try 78:00'
  • Xander Davis Conversion 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Wiveliscombe 21 88
2. Burnham-on-Sea 20 73
3. Avon 20 68
4. Nailsea & Backwell 20 67
5. Yatton 21 64
6. Imperial 20 63
7. Oldfield Old Boys 21 62

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