Winscombe beat Dings in thrilling final

Dings U14’s   0 – 5  Winscombe U14’s 

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WINSCOMBE lifted the Bristol Junior Combination Cup following a titanic tussle with Dings at Norton Lane.

Anyone who wasn’t at the home of Bristol Barbarians in Whitchurch, and heard about the 5-0 scoreline may have been forgiven for thinking this was a low-key slug-fest – a war of attrition, with a low level of skill and ambition.

But in truth, this was a spectacular effort from both sides, who came into this showdown boasting unblemished records – something had to give, and, as the final scoreline suggests, it was tight.

This showpiece final was everything good about Bristol Junior Combination rugby, and both clubs should be proud of the way they conducted themselves, both on and off the field on Sunday.

Both sides showed a tremendous desire to succeed, but also a refreshing amount of respect towards the opposition and match referee Ivor Sobey, who incidentally, again underlined his credentials as one of the best man-managers in the business and the most sought-after referee for the big occasion.

From the first whistle, the level of commitment from both camps was evident, and the unrelenting effort continued for the entirety of this knife-edge battle.

On balance, Crusaders came out on top in both possession and territory stakes.

The Lockleaze-based side had plenty of ball, and in all the right areas, too. But it was the Somerset village side that walked away with the gleaming trophy, thanks to one statistic their opponents just couldn’t match – a try.

The Mostly Blacks made a blistering start, with wing Ru Schofield diving into the corner for an unconverted try inside the opening five minutes. From that moment on, Dings began to claw their way back, with Winscombe having to make more and more tackles as the game wore on.

The second half was played almost entirely inside Winscombe territory as Dings sought a solution. Dings skipper Jake Baker was outstanding and was unlucky to be on the losing side. Crusaders threw everything into their increasingly desperate attacks, but Winscombe bravely chopped them down, defending their line as though their lives depended on it.

Indeed, Winscombe’s never-say-die rear guard effort was truly heroic, and in the end proved to be their trump card as they clung on for a memorable victor