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Old rivals Tor proved to be a tough test

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Over the last two weeks, the first team have added another maximum ten points in our league campaign, first beating Taunton convincingly 68-12 and then overcoming Tor 24-7.

Tor, the side from Glastonbury, proved tough to beat despite sitting fourth from bottom. Speaking to a few of the players after the game it seems they have just employed a new coach who plays for Cardiff Blues, who compete in the RaboDirect Pro12 league and the Heineken Cup.

This may have been the reason why they were tough opponents, or it could just be a case of them upping their game to play higher-placed old rivals.

In my last column I let slip that I had scored the opening try against Gordano three weeks ago. I received a couple of comments, that I can't repeat, from the players, suggesting I was boasting.

But as I started last time, I may as well carry on and mention that I scored two tries against Tor and one against Taunton the week before, taking my current tally to four from three games, not that I like to mention it of course.

When we travelled to Taunton – who are struggling in Somerset Premier again this season, sitting one place off the bottom – we knew beforehand that, if we started well and got on top early, we would be in for a good afternoon.

This is exactly what we did and we scored our fourth try for the bonus point within 25 minutes. Taunton did look dangerous at times when we gave them space to run, of which there is plenty to find on their massive pitch. Once we saw this we decided to keep hold of the ball and run everything at them, ending up with 12 tries.

Last Friday saw our club secretary and 2nd XV captain become the second player this season to break the unwritten rule of not getting married during the rugby season.

To be fair to him, he did play the following day for the seconds, so he gained a little bit of credibility back for that. I would like to wish Ian and his wife Carrie the very best from myself and everyone at Midsomer Norton RFC.

In the month ahead we have some very tough fixtures – we have to play the three other teams in the top four. This will be the real benchmark for our season, so I call on all available players to get themselves to training on Tuesdays and Thursdays so we can play these games as highly prepared as possible.

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