Claverdon back to their best and dominate Welsh
Saturday 1st October 2011
CLAVERDON 45 RUGBY WELSH 5
Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 3, Paul Carruthers, James Barton, Mike Jay, Tim Westmacott
Conversions – Doz Ward x 5
Man of the match – Tom Johnson
Claverdon winning team, with mascot Christopher Johnson
Claverdon played host to
Rugby Welsh for their third league game of the season in front of a
large Vice President’s crowd. Young Charlie Johnson was the club
mascot for the day. Absenteeism meant another reshuffle from the
previous week and saw starts for Jamie Orpwood and Dave Birch with
Steve Grimsley and Olly Thorndale dropping to the bench. The hosts also
welcomed back Rob Horsfall to the bench after a long term injury.
Try for flanker James Barton
The home team were
straight in to their stride and it was only a matter of minutes before
they scored their first try of the day. Great forward play which
involved strong running from Scott Conduit and Andy Wenborn saw the
ball in the hands of Paul Carruthers. He took the ball at pace and
crashed over under the posts. Doz Ward made no mistake with the
Only minutes later and the
lions were again deep in to the Welsh half. The visitors didn’t
know how to contend and could no more than concede a penalty which Ward
struck narrowly wide. This only spurred them on further and another
attack saw props Mark Tilson and Chris Lowe make valuable yards. Quick
ball from captain Ian Wyllie fed Doz Ward who threw a miss pass to
winger Tom Johnson to touch down in the corner. Ward missed the
Rugby Welsh could do
little to compete with a rampant Claverdon side and barely even
ventured in to the home side’s half. A well worked lineout
courtesy of Jamie Orpwood again found the forwards recycling the ball
at pace. After great hands from Conduit and Lowe the ball worked its
way in to flanker James Barton’s hands. The ex winger stepped his
way through the defence to score under the posts. Ward duly converted.
With ten minutes of the
half remaining the hosts secured their all important fourth bonus point
try. An attempted clearance by Rugby Welsh was run back with interest
by full back Sam Harris. The ensuing ruck again gave quick ball to
scrum half Wyllie and with a shout from winger Tom Johnson he dinked
the ball in to the gap for Johnson to gather at pace. He side stepped
the full back and touched down under the posts for a straight forward
conversion for Ward.
26-0 Half Time
Winger and man of the match Tom Johnson, who scored three tries
Olly Thorndale was bought
on at half time for the home side but it was the visitors that came out
the stronger team. They used the wind and the slope to pin Claverdon
back but never looked like scoring as the ever strong Claverdon defence
held firm courtesy of big hits from Dave Birch and Chris Edsall.
It took twenty minutes in
to the half for the first points to be registered and it was again the
home side that secured these. A scrum deep in to the opposition half
orchestrated by replacement Steve Grimsley at hooker presented good
ball and after several phases the ball was worked through the hands to
winger Mike Jay. He had little more to do then dive over out wide to
record his first try of the season which was again converted by Ward.
This set the tone for the
last quarter and only minutes later the lions had their sixth try of
the afternoon. A flat pass from Ward and a great line of running from
centre Tim Westmacott broke the defensive line and he ran it in from
sixty yards out to score in the corner. Ward missed the conversion.
Winger Johnson had
impressed all afternoon and when Welsh tried to clear the ball the
winger superbly caught it and he jinked past five defenders and
fed Ward to score in the corner. The referee deemed the pass forward
and the try wasn’t given. Five minutes later and the hosts did
register another try. A great catch from Grimsley and a simple hands
move saw the ball fed to Johnson who took the ball at pace and easily
saw off the defenders to go in under the posts. Ward kicked his fifth
conversion of the afternoon.
With only a minute of play
left Rugby Welsh capitalised on a scrum five metres out when a missed
tackle from the Lions flanker let them in for an unconverted try. This
somewhat soured the afternoon a little for the hosts who were
determined to keep the visitors at bay.
45-5 Full Time
This was a much improved
display from Claverdon and saw them climb up to third in the league.
They travel to Harbury for another tough league encounter on Saturday
and as always support is welcome.
Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos Will Barnes