The Callum Stonier, 'Road Show'.
This however would do the team an injustice....
Saturday 13 January 2018
Oldfield Old Boys 21 – Wells 44
Wells continued their winning start to 2018 with a bonus point win away to Oldfield Old Boys in Bath last Saturday. However, although the winning margin looks comprehensive, it was not until late in the second half, with three tries in the last twenty minutes, that Wells took full control.
The first half from a Wells point of view was rather dire and will be remembered for the number of penalties awarded, rather than the quality of the rugby. Oldfield were good measure for their interval lead. Their young backs showed plenty of enterprise and coupled with some defensive lapses from the visitors, scored two converted tries for their fourteen points. Wells replied with two penalties from Aaron Cook and near the end of the half snatched a try when flanker, Mike Dimaline finished off a move which had started in their own half to give them eleven points.
The perfect start to the second half, an Aaron Cook, ‘show and go’, a sidestep and there he was in the clear with twenty two metres to go. Try under the posts, converted by himself, Wells lead by two points. The advantage however only lasted a matter of minutes. From a scrum midfield, Oldfield worked the ball out to the right and with the try and conversion they were back in front.
From now on however Wells really clicked. One could say that it became the Callum Stonier road show as he scored all of the remaining four tries. This would however do the team an injustice as they all worked hard to set up the positions and keep the pace high. Scrum half Jake Knight was a particular thorn in the opponents side. His sniping runs, tap and go penalties kept the tempo up. In fact three of the second half tries were instigated by Jake who was unlucky not to score himself. In the seventy fifth minute, with the home team down to thirteen men, courtesy of two Yellow Cards, he seemed away and clear on the left, but a perfectly timed cover tackle from the spirited home team, bundled him into touch.
Aaron Cook converted three of Callum Stonier’s tries to give him a personal total of nineteen points for the match.
Wells remain ninth in the league table on thirty eight points. However it is very tight in the lower half of this league. Just fourteen points separate eight to fourteen.
This Saturday it is local derby time again as Wells entertain Midsomer Norton. The Second team travel to play Bridgwater & Albion 3rds, whilst Wells Thirds entertain Taunton Third team.