Morganians 17 - North Petherton 12
This was a very good test for Morgs, in their final pre-season game before their season begins next week. They faced a very strong Petherton side who came out looking for a big win, this showed with Pethy starting the brighter out of the two teams. Within 10 minutes Pethy had taken the lead with a well worked try out wide. However, Morganians struck back on 20 minutes as James Fox kicked a ball through the Pethy defence and chased it down, beating the full back, to dive on the bouncing ball. Fox followed up with the conversion. Morgs again took the lead after the backs quickly spread the ball wide to Sam Carter who kept his composure to finish in the corner, this left it 12-5 at half time.
Pethy drew the game level mid way through the second half with another try out wide, which they ran in under the posts. The excitement continued throughout the rest of the game with both teams pushing for the win in this local derby. A good defence from the Morgs backs forced Petherton into a mistake out wide, with Ryan Rossiter being the first to grab the loose ball and run half the pitch to score in the final minute. This gave Morgs the win in a very tough and fast game.
Minehead Barbarians 12 - Morganians 7
Wyvern 39 - Morganians 19
Morganians 23 - Somerton 6
Morganians recorded their first win of the season at the third attempt on Saturday, with a brilliant team display. Both teams started the game strongly with a high intensity from the outset. Somerton were the first to record any points in the game, after thye kicked two penalties in the first 15 minutes. Soon after the second penalty was scored, Will Hopkins broke down the left and set up Ben Winter to score under the posts. The Morgs forwards totally dominated all game and their persistance paid off when a penalty try was awarded 5 minutes before half time, with Sam Chillingworth converting. Chillingworth then added an extra 3 points just before half time with a penalty.
Taunton 18 - Morganians 29Morganians recorded their second win in a row on saturday after running in 5 tries against a very competitive Taunton side. Taunton started the game brightly scoring out wide, in the first five minutes, after good work by their forwards. This only sparked Morgs into lif,e as they ran riot across the pitch and scoring 5 tries in the first half, two by Will Hopkins, one by Ryan Rossiter, another by Sam Carter and James Fox completed the scoring to put Morganians 29-5 ahead. Taunton responded with a penalty and a try on the stroke of half time.
The second half was a hard slog for the Morgs defence after Taunton applied constant pressure and were camped in the Morgs 22m for most of the half. However, the defence held out and only conceded once in the 70th minute. This was a very tough game for the Morganians players but they all showed great composure to close the win out.
Morganians 16 - Tor 19
Morganians narrowly lost out on getting their third win in a row, after a narrow defeat to Tor. The Morgs forwards were all over Tor at the start of the game, but it was Tor who scored after their winger broke down the line and scored in the corner. Will Hopkins reduced the lead 5 minutes later with a well converted penalty, bringing the score to 5-3. Tor only increased their lead before half time with two well worked tries by their forwards giving them a 16 point lead at half time.
Wiveliscombe 5 - Morganians 31
Morganians moved further up the table after another fantastic win on Saturday. They started slowly conceding in the first 2 minutes to a try out wide after good play by the Wiveliscombe full back, this however was the only success that Wivey had all day. From this point on both the Morgs forwards and backs dominated completely. Will Hopkins closed the defecit after 20 minutes with a well converted penalty. Hopkins then put Morgs at half time, with a try in the corner after some good work by Ben Winter on the wing.
Morganians 41 - Bridgwater 11
Morganians capped another fine team display with an impressive win over their local league rivals. The team didn't need any extra motivation for this match, but knowing that a bonus point win plus results going their way, they could move to 2nd in the table.
Burnham 13 - Morganians 27
Morganians travelled to Burnham looking to try and record their 3rd win on the bounce, which would push them further up the table to 3rd. The game was an even affair to start with, with both defences staying strong and not letting anything through. Will Hopkins gave Morgs the initiative with a 10th minute penalty to put his side 3 points ahead. Injuries to Matthew Winter and Jake Sparkes early on meant that reshuffling of the back line was needed. Burnham capitalised on this by scoring a try in the corner on the 30th minute. Morganians responded with good forward pressure and Will Hopkins put Morganians back in front after skipping through a gap at the side of a ruck and scoring under the posts, he followed up with the conversion. This left the score 10-5 at half time.
penalty converted by Hopkins.
Morganians had been solid in their defence all day but their line was broken by one of the Bath centres and the Morgs scramble defence couldnt hold out the charges from the opposition, the referee didnt help the cause by awarding Saracens a couple of soft penalties in the build up. However, Morganians did go in in the lead at half time after Hopkins completed his hatrick of penalties, leaving the score 9-8 at half time.
Saracens started the quicker of the two teams after half time by scoring a try early in the first half, and pegging Morgs back in their own 22m area. Both sides didn't get any luck with their set pieces and couldn't build from this causing the game to be scrappy and mainly played within the forwards.
It looked as though Morgs had won the game in the final minutes after fly-half James Fox broke the Saracens defence on the half way line and ran, also beating the full back and winger, to score underneath the posts, with Hopkins adding the extras to put Morgs 1 point ahead with 1 minute to go. The drama continued after the final kick off, as Morgs gave awayt a soft penalty in their own 22m, and Saracens added 3 more points to give them the win in the last kick of the game.
Morganians 0 - Cheddar Valley 45
Weston Hornets 22 - Morganians 17
Morganians faced a tough test this weekend after taking on a stronger than average Hornets side. Morgs, who came in to this game on the back of a defeat to table topping Cheddar, started the game with great intent and drive by the forwards. Strong running by Stef Pearce and David Harris left a gap big enough for Will Hopkins to get through and score within the first 5 minutes. He followed up with the conversion.
Morganians were in control all over the park, with their backs spreading the ball across the pitch effortlessly, pulling Hornets everywhere. The second try came mid way through the first half after Dave Harris picked the ball up from the back of a scrum and ran down the blind side. His off load found Will Hopkins who drew the next man and passed it wide to Sam Carter, who drew the final player and passed back inside to find Hopkins who scored his second of the game under the posts.
Hornets clawed their way back into the game after a few refereeing decisions went against Morganians. They managed to score two tries, both out wide to bring the score back to 14-10 to Morgs at half time.
The second half saw the majority of the Hornets 10 substitutes come into the game, and little changed as the Morgs boys dug in deeper to try and grind out the result. Nothing could be done after Hornets found an overlap out wide to twice out wide, this putting them in the lead. Hopkins closed the gap after converting the penalty, but it wasn't enough for Morgs even after a great performance.
Morganians 25 - Ivel Barbarians 5
Morgs returned to winning ways this week with an outstanding performance all round, to beat Ivel. Right from the off, Ivel couldn't cope with the way Morgs moved the ball between forwards and backs, leading to Morganians gaining yards at their own will. 5 minutes into the half, Royston Grimstead scored after a great move from one side of the pitch, to the other, then back again.
Ivel started pressurising the Morganians try line, but a fantastic display in defence kept them out and forced them all the way back to the 22m line. Once the pressure subsided, the Morganinas ever dominant scrum, drove their way over the line for David Harris to score from the back of the scrum.
The third try of the half came after good play on the wing, between Ryan Rossiter and Royston Grimstead, opened up a huge gap in the Ivel defence. From the following ruck, fly half James Fox moved the ball out wide quickly and a short pop by David Harris put Stef Pierce in, to finish, after he rammed his way through two defenders.
With Morganians confortably in the lead at half time (17-0), they expanded their play further and with both of their half backs also playing excellently, bringing the forwards in to play then swinging the ball wide quickly, they pulled Ivel all over the park. Will Hopkins added 3 extra points 10 minutes into the second half to extend the lead.
Ivel did come back and score on the 60 minute mark after a cheap penalty had been given away and they reacted quickest to give themselves an overlap and score in the corner.
Morgs only needed one more try to give them the bonus point and it looked like it wouldn't come after James Fox took the ball down the blind side and beat the outside centre and winger, but knocked on just short of the try line. Morgs did eventually get a scrum 5 metres out from Ivel's try line and drove it all the way for Nigel Smith to touch down and add the 5 points, plus earn Morgs a crucial bonus point. Will Hopkins added the extras.
Morganians 15 - Wyvern 12
Morganians 10 - Taunton 3's 17
Morganians didn't start 2014 the way they wanted, after a tough result at home to Taunton. The visiting side started very brightly with a big drive from their forwards and making a lot of ground to score in the early exchanges. Due to the conditions, the ball was kept well within both sets of forwards for long periods of the game.
The game followed this pattern for much of the afternoon with both sides battling hard. Taunton extended their lead after their scrum half found a gap through a tight Morgs defence to score under the posts. Taunton's lead was sliced in half on the stroke of half time, with a well finished try after Stef Pearce popped the ball through a gap for him to run on and do the rest. The half time score was 10-5.
The second half continued in much the same as the first. However, Taunton were the first to add more points this half after some good offloading play by their forwards leaving their prop to crash over the line and score, this was followed up by the conversion.
It was Morgs who were to add the final points of the game in an exciting finish. The game had picked up in pace as Morgs went in search of getting back into the game, with breaks coming from Matt Winter and James Fox putting more pressure on the Taunton defence. Matt Winter scored the final try of the game after Fox had placed a kick into the corner for him to chase, and the bounce being favourable for the Morgs winger to get over the line and score in the dying moments.
Tor 18 - Morganians 5
Morganians went into this game still on the hunt for their first win of 2014, with Tor their next opponents. The weather and pitch determined the type of game that was going to unfold, and a big forwards battle followed.
The early stages of the game were played in the middle of the pitch with both sets of forwards and centres crashing against each other, trying to make ground. The wind helped Tor in their hunt for points as they kept kicking into the corners and pinning Morgs deep in their 22m area. This is where most of the game was played, as any attempt by James Fox or WIll Hopkins to clear the ball came to no avail due to the strong gusts keeping the ball in the Morganians half.
Finally the pressure paid off for Tor and they got their first try after 24 minutes, the tough defensive Morganians line had been breached. The rest of the half was also spent deep in the Morganians half of the pitch, but the hard working defence kept Tor out until the final minute of the half, where the Tor number 8 crashed over the try line to score.
In the second half the Morgs boys set out to play a similar strategy, by pinning Tor deep in their own half. This game plan struggled to be enforced after set pieces struggled to be won by Morgs in the tough condition, allowing them only a handful of set piece plays. There was some joy for Morgs on the 60th minute after the forwards made good ground and forced Tor onto their own try line. Will Hopkins pounced on the loose ball and made through the gap to dive over the try line and score.
The rest of the game was dominated by the Tor forwards after some big drives and good runs by key players, gained them yards freely. Their instrumental number 8 scored the final try of the game following a good break from a ruck and the final points were added by a converted penalty kick.
Somerton 15 - Morganians 34
One of the best displays by the Morganians team this season, saw them overturn an improving Somerton side, in only their second game of 2014. This win lifts Morgs to 3rd in the table.
Somerton started the better of the two teams after the early exchanges after good breaks by their centres and full back. This pressure was turned into 3 points, after a succession of penalties, with the Somerton fly-half dispatching the kick. Morgs upped their game after this point breaking the line at ease, gaining ground and momentum. They recorded their first points of the game after fly-half put in a precise kick over into the far corner for Matt Winter to chase down and score under the posts. Will Hopkins converted.
Somerton did take the lead again after working the ball wide quickly and scoring in the corner, but a try by Ryan Rossiter, after another good kick by Fox and a smart pass by Matt Winter, left the outside centre with plenty of room to run in his first try of the game. Hopkins again converting.
The second half was all Morgs as their forwards stepped it up another gear driving Somerton back at every opportunity. Royston Grimstead touched down to add another 5 points after a fantastic shove from a scrum 10 metres from the Somerton line.
Somerton did score a second try in the corner after being forced to move the ball from one side of the pitch to the other, then back again. This was the only real pressure they applied all half as they were having the ball constantly turned over by Shayne Andrews and Nigel Smith and were being pinned back further and further by some excellent kicking from James Fox.
Morgs added the bonus point mid way through the second half after the forwards carved out a great position and a brilliant miss-pass from Stef Pierce found Ryan Rossiter in space, enabling him to score his second of the game. Ben Winter added the final try when Will Hopkins picked out his run on the blind side of the ruck and he ran in unchallenged to cap off a brilliant performance.
Morganians 5 - Burnham 10