First Team Match Report -Tor 14 v 30 N&B
For the fourth league game of the season, Nailsea and Backwell 1sts travelled to Tor.
The first 15minutes of the match were dominated by Tor applying pressure, with Nailsea repeated being penalised for infringements around the break down and tackle area. With Tor kicking to the corner, Nailsea repelled the mauls and try line attacks.
Tor's first score came from a missed throw at Nailsea’s lineout. 7-0
This score seemed to wake up the Ravens as they sprang into the attacking form of rugby we have seen from them this year.
These attacking phases of play were impeded by the slippery condition of the ball as light drizzle started to fall.
Penalties at the break down from Tor allowed Nailsea to pin them back in their 22 and the ensuing lineout was driven over from 10 meters out Joe Reed. Jamie Elswood added the extra two points to make it 7-7 after 20 minutes.
Nailsea were starting to show there dominance around the park by being firmly planted the Tor half with ten minute lefts of the to play of the first half. Nailsea stole the ball on a Tor scrum for Reedy to again dot down for his second try of the match. Elswood clipped the post so the score stayed at 7-12.
The second half started as the first finished with Nailsea being the dominant pack and not allowing Tor time in the line out or scrum. This offered Nailsea a lot of ball and pressure which they couldn’t convert due to handling errors.
However, when they did connect the scoring commenced with Alex Jones running into the corner off a well work back move. 7-17 and Elswood pushing the conversion wide.
Nailsea kept applying pressure, holding Tor in their half. Another free flowing phase of rugby released the backs for Jones to break the last tackle and cross again in the corner for his second of the game. 7-22 con missed.
Another infringement and penalty to Nailsea provided a great opportunity to add a fifth try of the day. A great kick to the corner and a catch and drive in the line out saw Tor collapse the maul and the Referee award a penalty try. 7-29.
With nine minutes left Tor still weren’t laying down and with some big carries through the centre of the field and some great handling and ball retention they managed to dab down and convert with three mins left on the clock. 14-29. Full time.
Another bonus point win for Nailsea to keep them top of the league.
Next week, the Ravens are home to Wells. More details to follow!