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17
NOV

The question has got to be asked ‘What is so called Hartpury College RFC doing in South West 1 West?’ Regular Rugby Club supporters know it’s just a means to an end as it is with the team’s players. A Sporting Rugby Club they are not – no team sheet, no hospitality to visiting committees/supporters, no experienced touch judge so gaps weren’t able to be adequately monitored, no ball boys, no match report, no stats. A bunch of well mannered, well meaning youngsters on a full-time college degree course expecting to be slotted into the NFL at the end of it (sorry, that should read of course – expecting to be employed by a professional rugby club if, in fact, they aren’t already).

Yatton travelled for the first time to Hartpury College and admired the obvious, but soulless, facilities; emerging up the tunnel from a surprisingly cramped visitors changing room. Cold driving rain before the match had given way to a light breeze and low dull sun on the visiting teams back.

Kicking off, Yatton’s wakeup call came within the first two minutes as the home side immediately ran against them and cut through unaware defenders to touchdown. But Yatton regrouped and withheld constant onslaughts for the next half hour until the six day a week bench pressed Hartpury scrum

grounded the ball from 5 yards.

But Yatton were wily and kept the rigid opposition guessing. Sam Osborne’s penalty conversion from near halfway dissected the uprights bringing the score to 10-3.

As the sky blackened in the distant Severn Valley horizon Hartpury ran in another try five minutes before half-time. Cruelly in first half injury time under pressure Yatton, having won a crucial scrum against the head, had a clearance kick charged down, gathered and grounded.

The College side then disappeared for warmth and quick attention into the homeside changing room.

Within the first four minutes, as the heavy skies threatened, another pounding scrum at the tryline succeeded for the home-side. Wind assisted the first conversion added the extra points.

The pace of the game tested fitness all round and the visitors attempted to meet the ferocity of play at rucks and mauls. Wind and driving rain into the faces of near bottom of the league Yatton only seemed to make them more resolute. Antics and frustration shown on some of the home-side faces during what they expected to be a total walk-over second half showed it was not.

By the end of the game two more converted tries and a penalty was little to show for the obvious advantages held by the top of the division side which, no doubt, was pondered upon when Hartpury returned to their bench presses and treadmills on Monday and the Yatton boys to their jobs.

This Saturday Yatton 3rd XV are at home against Imperial 2nds, Kick Off 2-15 pm.

On Sunday Yatton 1st XV meet Weston Hornets at home in the Somerset Cup. Kick-off 2-00 pm.

Meanwhile the Under 17s are scheduled away against Bristol. The Under 15s travel to Harlequins. The Minis and Midis entertain Bristol Saracens at the Yatton ground during the morning.

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