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08
MAR

Yatton’s hopes of securing two vitally needed league points from this clash with bottom of the table St Marys effectively evaporated in the 70th minute with the home sides second try.

Full credit to the home side’s pack they gave a lesson in the art of pick and drive which was patient, purposeful and determined throughout. From a non-partisan spectators point of view it isn’t the most entertaining to watch unless you are knowledgeable in such things – but it is basic rugby and won the game on the day.

For the first quarter Mary’s rumbling pack had most of the territorial advantage and if their backline had been half as well skilled at their part of the game, a cricket score could have been on the cards.

But it was injury strewn Yatton who were first on the board, from a rare excursion up field, minutes after key position No8 Ian Spillar had to leave with a damaged knee. George Osborne’s penalty conversion was the only result of the first half.

Straight from the second half kick-off, Marys were winning the hard fought inches on Yatton’s try line. A clearance kick was secured in the lineout and more pick and drives resulted in Yatton’s coach of last season, now fitter and aware of the visitors tactics, grounding the ball.

The points from Mark Gabey’s try were quickly overtaken by Osborne’s second penalty almost straight from the restart. But Yatton only led by one slender point.

During the last half-hour, Marys confidence and unity increased with wheeled scrums disrupting the opposition. As the games intensity increased Yatton, starved of any meaningful ball, found themselves once again under the cosh on their try line. More ruck and maul, pick and drive paid dividends and hooker Marcus Jenkins emerged triumphantly adjudged to have grounded the ball.

Yatton’s desperate attack in response came to nothing and Marys rifled the ball back down to their favourite attacking corner, at the opposite end of the field, and managed to keep it there.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV meet at home the undefeated professional Hartpury College. The 2nd XV travel to Gordano.

On Sunday the Colts are scheduled for a friendly against Chew Valley. The Under 17s meet Bristol at home, likewise the Under 15s entertain Cotham Park and also the Under 13s against St Marys. All the junior sides are away to Winscombe.

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