Chew Valley get rugby title bid back on track
Chew Valley 1st XV 34
Old Redcliffians 2nd XV 0
Chew Valley got their Tribute Somerset Premier title challenge back on track with a bonus-point home win over Old Redcliffians.
The league leaders had suffered only their second defeat of the season the previous week but shaded an open and exciting first-half, in which both sides were allowed to put width on the ball.
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Number eight Darren Jefferies pilfered a Reds lineout to score the first try after full-back Tom Bryan had rifled a clearance kick to 15 metres out.
The Chew Valley pack was begining to dominate in the set piece, while man of the match Richard Light put himself about to good effect in the lineout and in loose play. Whatever ball Reds scrum-half Ash Groves had was in retreat.
Flanker Max Woodward made a real nuisance of himself in defence to keep Reds in the hunt but the game disappeared from them during a five-minute spell just before half-time.
Andy McCormack combined with fellow Chew centre to go in under the posts, then a 20m driving maul ended with skipper Tom Waddington touching down soon after. Alex Cameron converted both tries.
Evergreen McCormack crossed again in the second half for the bonus-point try following a scything run but missed out on his hat-trick when he failed to ground the ball when clear.
However, replacement tighthead prop Kyle Westgate did manage to score his first try in this league to ensure the game was done and dusted.