After a couple of cracking Saturday games and the bizarre game of touch on Sunday, the Six Nations now has a breather for a couple of weeks. Those with a perfect record thus far (fourteen canny people) have a fornight to boast about it before this number will be reduced to 7, providing there is a winning result in the Friday night Wales Ireland game. Analyse the the spreadsheet here for yourself.
Team: T.Thie, H.Butland, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, A.Harney, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), A.Davis. Replacements: M.Lowis, N.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis.
He was entertained after it by being included in the traditional MOTM drinking awards. He enjoyed drinking his pint of cider so much that he took his time over it, while the whole club sang "Olay, Olay, Olay, Olay" to him - welcome to Clevedon ref.
Read the report here.
There is no game next week and Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton Saturday 4 March with the the seconds at home to Chew Valley.
The Drybrook report noted that "the home side conjured a try out of nothing", which is understandable, because they never saw the ball!
This Saturday sees Round 3 of the Six Nations kick off. Thirty people are vying for top spot in the club competition and this number will be whittled down by the end of the weekend. Who will retain the bragging rights and who will ask for a recount?
Visit the spreadsheet for your personal analysis.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, A.Harney, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), B.Purcell. Replacements: H.Butland, G.Carpenter, A.Davis Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Clevedon's shy and retiring Mike Lowis celebrated his 40th birthday by starting at fullback in this top of the table clash. This was an appropriately competitive game for the talented old man who still looks good enough to playing well in to his forties.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the win he wanted, but a one point loss to the league leaders hardly mattered when his wrestling celebrations began after the game. Happy birthday Mike.
As the scoreline shows, this was the closest anyone has come to beating WSM this season and the first time they have been tryless as well. Clevedon started brightly enough and went 3-0 ahead. After the first five minutes, the play switched to Clevedon's half and try as they might, WSM could not breach the magnificent Clevedon defence, although the score went to 3-9.
When the play switched to the other end with five first half minutes left, Clevedon were clinical and scored a Ben Purcell try wide out, to be 9-8 down at half time.
The second half was a war of atrition, resulting in a penalty kick each for the final 11-12 scoreline. A scare for the runaway leaders, but a boost for Clevedon knowing that they had run them close, disappointing as it was. The disappointment was sweetened once the Thornbury result came in and Clevedon heard they had increased their lead over them by a point to 7 with seven games left.
Next week, Clevedon entertain Drybrook for the normal 14:30 kick off and President Mike Thomas's lunch as 13:30. The seconds are away to Yatton.
The number of entrants has increased by four this week, because Weave found four tickets he'd been given a couple of weeks ago. Now there 287 people vying for position in the competition.
This week there are 30 people with six wins each, 147 with 5 wins, 82 with 4 wins, 26 with 3 wins and 2 with 2 wins. A total 272 points have been scored overall.
Phil Austin heads the leaderboard this week while poor old Loser Bath 3 is propping everyone else up.
After a fab and fascinating weekend of rugby, if you discount the one point loss to WSM that is, this bone-crunching Six Nations is taking a well-earned breather for a fortnight. Come back in two weeks time to check out the results. Every one of top 30 have England to beat Italy, so the leaderboard will be decided by the other two matches. Can't wait...
Catering Manager key responsibilities:
In addition to the above, it is desirable that the Catering Manager would be a prime mover and driver in the development of food and snacks sales within the Club, in line with CRFC annual targets.
Optionally to the above, we would consider any application from a contractor willing to meet the above criteria.
Applications in writing to the Club Steward at the above address or by email to Clevedonrugbygeneralmanager@uwclub.net
We are delighted to be staging a formal, three course dinner on Friday, 17th March to celebrate this year's Six Nations. Tables of ten are on sale now and can be booked for £350.00. Individual tickets may be available later.
Our special guest speaker is Jeff Probyn a former Old Albanians, Streatham and Wasps prop who was capped 37 times by England. Jeff made three hundred first team appearances for Wasps and was selected in England's squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup and he made his international debut in 1988, at the age of 31, against France. Jeff is still very active in the rugby world and is a regular columnist in The Rugby Paper. He is currently a member of Rugby Football Union Disciplinary panel.
Please see any committee member or ask at the bar for details - limited numbers are available. Sponsors and corporate enquiries will be welcomed. Thank you.
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