Terrific win for Drybrook

Wednesday 9th January 2013 12:00 am

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RFU Senior Vase

South West Area Semi-Final

Chew Valley 9

Drybrook 26

DRYBROOK saw off high-flying Somerset Premier outfit Chew Valley on their own turf to earn a place in the area final against Teignmouth.

The Chew Valley pitch was extremely heavy underfoot and narrow but both teams made light of the conditions to put on a good show.

Drybrook weathered an early Chew Valley assault. The home side had a strong scrum and kicked two penalties to one from Drybrook's Mitch Baldwin.

The first try of the match came from the visitors.

Winger Sam Peaper made a good break before off-loading to scrum-half Carl Moore, who burst through several tackles to touch down.

A few minutes later, number eight Andy Chesters broke from a scrum and sent Peaper racing in at the corner.

A minute before the break Drybrook put together a multi-phased attack which skipper Simon Rugman finished off for his team's third try and an 18-6 lead.

Both sides kicked penalties in the early part of the second half but Chew Valley got on top in strength-sapping conditions.

Drybrook's best weapon was their driving maul and they put the result beyond doubt when man of the match Carl Moore wriggled free to touch down for his side's fourth try.

Drybrook: Mitch Baldwin, Charlie Dagwell, Simon Rugman (capt), Luke Fisher, Sam Peaper, Chris Rawlings, Carl Moore, Nick Ovens, Mitch Renton, Tom Reed, Rich Cottrell, Marcus Cowles, Dan Price, Lee Ward, Andy Chesters. Reps: Rory Day, Craig Clarke, Tom Treherne, Neil Morgan.

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