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Crewkerne 19, Morganians 14

MORGANIANS and a large travelling support took the fun bus to Crewkerne on Friday night to play a fixture originally scheduled for the following afternoon.

The hosts had recently installed a set of floodlights, and this match was to be the highlight of the official switch-on ceremony.

The visitors were first to create a clear scoring opportunity, as Jordan Mein sped up the wing with Martyn Keep in support, but he opted to kick rather than pass and the chance went.

Another 10 minutes of physical rugby followed, until quick ball saw Stef Pierce set loose inside the covering guard, and he offloaded to the galloping Josh Cooper who dived over to score, with Mein adding the extras.

Crewkerne were quickly on the attack, and an excellent break from the full-back laid a platform from which the forwards scored.

Morgs hit back and Mein darted inside the covering tackler to ground the ball against the posts, but the referee was unsighted and unable to award the score.

The visitors were awarded the scrum, which was turned over into a strong counter-attack, and Crewkerne drove over for a converted score, making it 12-7 at half-time.

The visitors had use of the slope in the second half and would look to unleash their quick backs. 

After a series of good kicks moved them into opposition territory, Mein dashed clear from a quick penalty and registered another converted score for the visitors that put them back ahead, 14-12.

The hosts were rattled, but Morgs wasted another chance when Rossiter broke on the right, and Keep held his wing well, but the pass didn’t follow.

Then three penalties in quick succession moved the home side 80 metres up the pitch with a lineout on the 5m line. 

A good take and drive saw them inch their way towards the Morgs line, and the hosts crossed for a converted score.

Morgs had one last opportunity to score but, with space and numbers to the right, Rossiter knocked on and the game was up.

Morgs have next weekend free, and then host St Bernadette’s of Bristol in the Cup on February 10.