West of England RD 4
8th June 2019, 2:30 pm
Somerset Vikings
40 - 34
Bath Rugby League
Hornets RFC
Open Age - First Team

Match Report

Bath Rugby League come so close in coastal encounter

Bath put in their best performance of the season against a strong Somerset Vikings side away at their Hornets RFC, Weston Super Mare base, they have fantastic facilities playing on the 4G playing surface. Bath started poorly giving Somerset a 12-0 head start with two converted tries in the space of the first few minutes, it looked like it could be a long day for Bath, but after scoring their first try Bath recovered well to take the lead by 20-12. The first try coming from debutante Navi Vosanibale worming his way over from close range, then soon after another debutante, Darrell Thompson worked his way over the line from close range from the acting half back position, on this occasion converted by Morgan Lewis. Bath took the lead after a characteristic rampaging run from prop Ben Shedwick to the line, the score stayed at 14-12 to Bath as the conversion was missed but it wasn’t long before Bath’s other prop Brandon Ball barged his way over and Morgan Lewis added the extras for a 20-12 lead.
At this point Somerset Vikings started to work their way back into the game after Bath had surprised them by their come back with two unconverted tries to draw level 20-20. It was Bath’s turn to strike next in this high scoring encounter and another debutante Jack Tanner was awarded a penalty try when he went over in the corner as way fouled in the act of scoring which gained Bath an 8 point try, but Somerset hit back with a converted try just before half-time with Bath having a skinny lead of 28-26.
It was a tighter second half points wise, but Somerset scored two unconverted tries to take them 34-28 ahead. Brandon Ball went in for his second try converted by Morgan Lewis which tied the scores at 34-34, but ex League 1 professional player Markus Brooker playing at loose forward for Somerset Vikings managed to break the defensive line on 40 metres for a run away try which was converted to give Somerset Vikings a 6 point lead, with the clock ticking down Navi Vosanibale kicked through on the first tackle and nearly regathered to score but he knocked on, Somerset got the ball from the scrum and the full time whistle was blown shortly after.
Head Coach, Matthew Bodey said, “Although we again suffered from a slow start to the game, I was impressed with how well the team came together to perform for the last 70 minutes, and I feel we were unlucky to not come away with at least a draw. With that being said, the pressure is now on the team to perform for the full 80 minutes against Oxford in 2 weeks time”.
Bath Rugby League now have a week off to rest a few injury niggles and hopefully have a few players back from injury when they face Oxford Cavaliers at their new home ground in Merton on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

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#102 Ben Shedwick (c)
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