Home and Away!
..playing with pace, power and off-loading..
Wells 57 – Old Bristolians 10
This game was switched to the Bristol Grammer School 3G All Weather pitch last weekend and how the Wells players relished the opportunity to play on its perfect surface. From number one, Chris Tout to fifteen, Liam Barlow, plus the subs, everybody put in a huge amount of work to record Wells best victory of the season and indeed, probably the finest display of attacking rugby for many a year
Wells intentions were made clear early on, playing with pace, power and off-loading to keep the ball alive they went ahead as early as the second minute when right winger Sam Garrett crossed wide out. Four minutes later, Callum Stonier touched down when he burst through following a line out. Aaron Cook converted. Old Bristolians briefly hit back with a try by their left winger, before Wells left wing, Charlie Crook got two in quick succesion. The second was courtesy of the Wells front row who had taken a strike against the head. Cook converted one of these and then went on to score a try himself when intercepting on the half way line. He again added the conversion as he did to the final try of the half the half scored by Luqua Hiscox. This must rate as one of the tries of the season as Wells moved the ball at pace from inside their own half with the ball going through many hands before the touch down.
So, half time came with Wells thirty eight points to five up with a bonus point in the bag.
Old Bristolians came out full of fight at the start of the second half. They were trying to emulate the Wells off-loading game and to a certain extent succeeded. What they could not crack however was the solid Wells defence. Just once after fifteen minutes of the half did they find a chink and scored a try.
Wells gradually re-asserted themselves. Lewis Cohen made sure that the forwards got in on the try scoring feast with two, within two minutes and then right at the end, who else but Aaron Cook on one of his dummy, sidesteping, jinking runs crosses under the posts. Cook converted two of the tries and Wells were done.
The match was played at such a pace that the players left the field exhausted, but happy. Wells supporters and there were a lot there, were over he moon, having watched something special. “Can we have a pitch like that in Wells”, was the cry. Whatever, it certainly made for a spectacle and a far cry from the muddy slogs we have had to watch over the past few months.
This Saturday Wells have their final away game of the season at Bristol Saracens who play a stones throw,(albeit quite a long one), from the shopping mall at Cribs Causeway.
The Second team are at home to Chard seconds, whilst the Thirds have a difficult trip to play Wyvern second team. All games are due to kick off at 3pm.