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Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Western Counties North Full time

Stroud’s Defence Holds Firm


Stroud showed again steely determination and great team spirit which bodes well for the future.

Stroud won an intriguing game in Somerset. Wells are a good side; they won a fair share of the ball and had fast, inventive backs. Stroud, however, were once again able to show gritty determination and cast iron tackling, particularly in the first half when Wells had the slope advantage.

Steve Dunmore made a welcome return after his travels ‘down under’ and was a key player winning great lineout ball and showing good athleticism in attack and defence. His fellow jumper, Bob Reid, once again had a strong impressive game.

Following a high tackle on Sam Hester Stroud kicked the penalty to the corner, Dunmore won the ball, and a powerful well-engineered drive by the pack took the ball over the line. Mark Phillips took the credit for a well-deserved try. Kurtis Herbert converted, 0-7.

Stroud’s passing was not as fluent as previously and a number of chances went begging due to handling errors. Wells put pressure on the Stroud line and only doughty defence kept them out. Sam Hester saved a certain try when he overhauled the Wells winger and brought him down just short of the line. Dan Gordon was also conspicuous with some excellent covering.

Stroud were relieved to get to the break in the lead with the slope to look forward to and they soon increased their lead with a penalty from Kurtis Herbert, 0-10.

Stroud’s tactics in the ruck and maul were not entirely to the liking of the referee who issued several yellow cards. At one stage Stroud had only thirteen men on the pitch. Wells took the obvious advantage and scored a converted try, 7-10. Stroud’s pack, to their credit, coped well with the reduced numbers and the power of the front five was evident on many occasions. With the game in the balance Stroud’s gritty endeavours eventually brought dividends; they set up an attacking position in the Wells 22, won the scum and attacked on the right. Returning skipper Harry Foote made ground and passed to Kurtis Herbert who had ten metres to go but several defenders to cope with. He showed his considerable power by taking several of them with him over the line. He converted his own try, 7-17.

Stroud showed again steely determination and great team spirit which bodes well for the future.

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Midsomer Norton 26 75
7. Chosen Hill Former Pupils 26 68
8. Stroud 26 68
9. Wells 26 62
10. Cheltenham 26 57
11. Winscombe 26 57
12. Bristol Saracens 26 52

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