RUGBY: Stow beat Bassett in crowd pleaser of a game
7:29pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in Sport
STOW earned their third consecutive bonus-point win in a very entertaining match.
Southern Counties North
Royal Wootton Bassett 19
On a glorious day, both sides endeavoured to give the large crowd their money's worth.
Bassett started the better and scored first, also adding a conversion.
Stow soon woke up and, after the forwards started to provide good possession, a break by No.8 Craig Chapman was well supported by Alex Kelley, who scored in the corner; Nick Cafearo converted from wide out.
Stow extended their lead after some excellent interplay gave James Holmes room on the left hand side to outpace the defence.
Bassett were still very much in the game but Stow were defending well.
Holmes added his second after crashing through midfield, leaving Cafearo the easiest of conversions.
Captain Tim Peachey was then sin-binned just before the break and Bassett took advantage after turning over the ball and scoring under the posts; the conversion was added.
From 19-14 up at half-time, Stow took control.
From a line-out the ball was driven over the line with Chapman claiming the try; Cafearo again converted.
The game was taken out of the home side's reach when a brilliant break by Chris Powesland took play from Stow’s half up to the Bassett 22. Chapman was then held up just short of the line, but James Cox was on hand to score; Cafearo converted.
Bassett hit back immediately when Stow failed to find touch with a clearance. The ball was run back and an unconverted try scored in the corner.
However, Stow regained their advantage when Powesland stole a line-out and used his pace to outgun the defence, scoring under the posts; the reliable Cafearo converted.
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