Much improved performance by Stroud
By joshua stratton
going in the right direction
Avonmouth won a thriller. This was an extremely exciting end to end game of attacking rugby by both sides. Stroud gave a vastly improved performance which saw them close to victory on Saturday. Their commitment and team spirit were exemplary and they played an open attacking game.
They started like a train moving into a 12 point lead after 10 minutes. Following well controlled forwards drives the ball went wide to Pete Sykes who sped over in the corner. More good ball was won in their own 22 and they opened up going through several phases before Sam Leworthy went over in the corner for try converted by Sam Hester.
The returning Kurtis Herbert had a strong game both in attack and with his powerful tackles. In the forwards Rob Higgins was outstanding making several vital steals in the lineout. Stroud continue to play an attacking game and opted on three occasions to take kicks for the corner rather than go for goal. They didn’t score from many of these positions yet two of the 3 penalties were eminently kickable. Hindsight…
Avonmouth gradually clawed their way back into the game and were especially good with their counter attacking moves with the left-wing proving particularly dangerous. The score got back to even 12-12. Pete Sykes made a long run having been set free by interpassing passing between Jake Marsh and Leworthy. Marsh had a sound game at number 10 showing very fluent passing and distribution skills.
Stroud continue to play an open game on several occasions running from their own 22 when perhaps a long clearing kick might have been a better option. Avonmouth gradually moved into the lead 22- 12 but Stroud didn’t buckle and a lengthy period of play ensued in the Avonmouth 22. Eventually the ball went wide and Josh Stratton playing in the wing position was able to take a difficult pass and plunge over in the corner 22-19.
Sensing victory Stroud went into overdrive with Lee Geddis making his presence felt with his drives and strong tackling . A critical moment came when after several phases Hester was set free on the halfway line and he looked set to score but was just tap tackled and this really was the end of the game for Stroud with the hosts scored two more tries to bring the score to 32 -19.
A large crowd was well satisfied with an enthralling game of rugby played in the best of spirits at this very hospitable Bristol club