Rugby: Brilliant Bryan try seals Chew Valley's victory at Gordano
MATCH REPORT: Gordano 3 Chew Valley 27
Somerset Premier table-toppers Chew Valley were made to work hard for their bonus-point victory by hosts Gordano.
Home outside half Joe Rowsell mixed up his kicking game, keeping the ball in front of his forwards and using the high ball with the sun behind him to pressurise the Chew back three.
The Chew defence limited Gordano to one scoring opportunity in the first half, when Rowsell kicked a penalty to level the scores after an earlier effort from Alex Cameron. Tries from flanker Mitch Quoi and winger Silas Cox, together with a conversion from Cameron, gave the leaders a 15-3 cushion at the break.
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Quoi’s effort came after a quickly-taken tap penalty ten metres out, while Cox followed up a chip ahead by full-back Tom Bryan to score under the posts.
Chew Valley had to play with 14 men for the first 20 minutes of the second half as Charles Shallcross saw yellow for jumping into a tackle when it was easier to give a scoring pass before prop Will Keel was sib-binned for lying on the ball at a ruck.
Scrums went uncontested as influential Chew tighthead Jon Eves had left the field with a turned ankle.
The Chew lineout came under some pressure with Richard Light going off after suffering an ankle problem on the unusually firm ground.
Having weathered the storm, Chew number eight Ross Elliott at added a third try from a catch and drive from a lineout on five metres.
Cameron converted to take his points tally for the season to 250.
Gordano continued to press, with their man of the match Oliver Abbott at outside centre having a battle royal with Chew’s Andy McCormack.
Chew’s bonus point was achieved by the team’s individual try of the season.
Hooker Luke Sparkes-Brown turned over a Gordano attack on his own five-metre line. From the ruck Cameron found full-back Tom Bryan in the outside half channel and he set of on a run which saw him leave four defenders flailing in his wake. Bryan turned on the afterburners on halfway to beat the covering fullback and crossed unapposed for the try that sent the Chew travelling support wild.