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


The Morganians players left the field disappointed after this result. The forwards started the game very well dominating completely in the scrum and nearly scoring early on with a powerful drive. The pressure paid off in the end with Royston Grimstead, taking the ball from a scrum and forcing his way over the line to score. James Fox followed up with the conversion.
 
The second half started in very much the same way with the Morgs pack nearly setting up another try, but this came to nothing. Minehead came back into the game and scored two tries in the last 20 minutes, off of quick lineouts, to win the game. They managed to hold on for a win in the first game of the season.

 

Wyvern 39 - Morganians 19
 
A very sloppy start from Morgs gave Wyvern the initiative, with them scoring 3 tries within the first 10 minutes. This gave Morgs a huge uphill task to try a get anything from this game. Their task was made worse after Wyvern scored another try before half time making it 20-0.
 
Wyvern started quickly with more pressure from the forwards and scored from a charged down kick. Josh Luke was then instrumental in the next try with his positioning of Jake Collard who then charged down a Wyvern kick to go and score the first points for Morganians in this game. Will Hopkins converted.
 
Two more tries were scored by both teams in the rest of the game, with Royston Grimstead scoring and a penalty try being awarded also for Morganians.

 

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.

The game carried on with the same intensity as in the first half. After 15 minutes Chillingworth extended the lead further with another penalty. The Morganians dominance in the forwards, again reaped more rewards after a big drive which led to Royston Grimstead scoring. The game finished 23-6 after a fine display.

 

Taunton 18 - Morganians 29

Morganians 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.
 
The second half was completely different with Tor barely getting hold of the ball. Morgs completely ran the second half and this paid off when James Fox took the ball after a great break by the Morgs forwards and finished neatly, after running between two opposing players. Will Hopkins converted this and continued his fine kicking form with another two penalties bringing Morgs within 3 points of Tor. However, they couldn't break down the defence and get the win.

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.
 
The second half continued in much the same way, with Hopkins scoring a further two tries after more dominance by the Morgs pack. Full back Jay Brant also added to the scoring with a great solo effort, after intercepting the ball from the Wivey backs in his own half, and ran the rest of the pitch to score under the posts on his debut for the club. Morgs closed the game out, and could have scored even more, but the final score was 31-5 leaving Morgs only 4 points off of second place.

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.
 
Morgs started the game on the front foot with early drives from Craig Weber and Matthew Neale being denied just short of the line. It was Bridgwater who took the lead though with a penalty just inside the Morganians half. Morgs stuck to their game plan and carried on dominating in the forwards, Geoff Thompson broke away and powered over the line to score the first points, with Will Hopkins converting. Hopkins then scored his first try of the game after a good break in midfield by Ryan Rossiter. Bridgwater added another 3 points. Matthew Neale finally got on the score board after picking the ball up from the back of a ruck and smashing through two defenders to score out wide. Bridgwater did put up a little fight and scored in the corner 5 minutes before half time, bringing the score to 19-11 at the break.
 
The second half was all Morgs after they scored a further 4 tries. Hopkins scoring his second in the corner after a great drive by the forward pack, putting Bridgwater under immense pressure. Dave Harris scored a well worked try after some good hands gave him space to drive over the line and add a further 5 points. Andy Nyron added the third of the half after a loose ball dropped to him, finishing neatly with a few defenders around him. James Fox scored the final try with a great solo effort, stepping the fly half and beating the full back to score under the posts. This topped off a fantastic team display with the result never in any doubt.

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.
 
The game was very tight after half time with a lot of the ball staying with both sets of forwards, however Hopkins scored again, replicating how he scored his previous try, again he converted. Burnham responded with a lot of pressure, pinning Morgs in their 22m, they made the pressure pay by scoring a try and converting a penalty shortly after. This brought the score to 17-13, setting it up for a very tight finish. Geoff Thompson had other ideas after he picked the ball up from a ruck and drove over the line, after two good breaks previously by Dave Harris and Sam Carter.
 
Morganians secured the win in the last minute after taking a quick penalty, and Matt Neale drove his way through the Burnham defence taking 4 people to bring him down, Hopkins then forced his way through the Burnham defence once again, and added the final 5 points and his 3rd try of the game. The scores finished 27-13, and was a great result for this improving Morganians side.


Morganians 2's 5 - North Petherton 3's 12

Morganians fielded a second team at the weekend for the first time in 7 years, helping to show the steps forward that the club are making as a whole. A few of Morganians more experienced players came and helped boost the 2nd team squad for this game. The game was a very close affair with both teams contributing to a fine game. Pethy scored the first points of the day after a big drive by their forwards, and then good hands by their backs to score in the corner. Royston Grimstead closed the gap ten minutes later after crashing through 3 players to score.

There was a lot of good play in the midfield by both team, but Ben Chandler was a stand out performer in the game after making a lot of ground for the home team on a number of his mazy runs through the defence.

The final points were added by Petherton just before half time after Tyrone Harris pounced on a loose ball to give Pethy the win.

The seconds will be playing again in two weeks time, so anyone who is interested is more than welcome to come down and get involved with the squad.


Morganians 1's 16 - Bath Saracens 18

In the second game of the day, Morganians 1st team hosted Bath Saracens to their ground in a late kick off match. This game was also very close with noth teams battling hard, but being hampered by some reffereeing decisions during the game. Morgs took first blood with a sweetly converted penalty by Will Hopkins after 10 minutes. The scoreline was level again after the Saracens scored a penalty of their own two minutes later. The game was becoming a big forwards battle, with Morgs dominating as has been seen in every game this season. Morgs added to their points tally with another
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
 
Morganians came up against top of the table Cheddar on Saturday in what was to be a fierce battle and a very tough game. Cheddar, who off the back of 8 consecutive wins, came down and played very good rugby in the first half showing why they are top of the league. Their fly half had options both inside and out and the offloading by the forwards pulled the Morgs defence from side to side. The first half went as they expected after they ran in 7 tries, converting 3, going in 45-0 at half time.
 
Morgs regrouped and knew they had to prove themselves and justify their position in the league. They came out full of drive and determination, rattling the Cheddar side. Morganians forwards constantly driving the Cheddar pack back in the scrum, and the defence fronting up making tackle after tackle. Ben Winter and Dave Harris both making last gasp tackles to stop tries in the near corner. Cheddar were constantly running the ball and having their set pieces from within their own half after great kicking displays from scrum half Will Hopkins and fly half James Fox, which were pegging them back. Morgs didn't have much ball from set pieces to build any real attacks from, but their defence was outstanding and all the players can be proud of their second half performances.

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 ground out a tough result against 3rd placed Wyvern on Saturday after a scrappy game, not helped by the extremely boggy pitch. Morgs got underway on the front foot and put a lot of pressure on the Wyvern forwards, driving them back for fun. Their pressure was rewarded after Josh Luke scored a try off the back of a scrum, this only the start  of a fantastic performance for him. Will Hopkins added the extras.
 
Wyvern quickly closed the gap after pinning Morgs in their 22m area for a while, they profited after a kick to clear was charged down and they dived on the bouncing ball, leaving the score at 7-5.
 
Morganians did go into half time with a slightly bigger lead after Will Hopkins scored from a neat offload form Royston Grimstead, who broke from the back of a ruck, after constant pressure from the Morgs forwards who had gained them plenty of ground to put them in a scoring position.
 
The second half carried on in the same way with both teams battering each other and closing all space for both fly-halves, leading to most of the game being played in the middle third of the pitch. Wyvern did draw level on the 60 minute mark after good work by their forwards led to them powering through the scrambling Morganians defence.
 
Will Hopkins added, what turned out to be, the winning points of the game, with a penalty just outside the Wyvern 22. However, it wasn't all plain sailing as Hopkins was then sin binned leaving the team to battle on and secure the result for the final 10 minutes.

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
 
Morganians looked to build on their win last week when they took on Burnham on Saturday, but narrowly missed out after a stunning 20 minute period at the end of the match where they completely dominated the game.
 
The start of the game was very tight with both sides kicking away position due to quick defences closing down both sets of half backs, not allowing any momentum to be created for either side. Morganians did show promise when the ball was spread wide quickly and came close to scoring on a few occasions, but great last ditch tackles kept them from scoring.
 
The second half started at a slower pace, allowing both teams more time on the ball to exploit space around the pitch. It was Burnham who broke the deadlock first with a penalty slotted home from the Morgs 22 meter line.
 
Burnham followed up by scoring a try, after a dubious refereeing decision not blowing up for an obvious knock on by Burnham, in the corner after some good offloading in the backs to finish neatly under the posts.
 
This only sparked Morgs into life, upping the tempo and keeping the opposition pinned in their own 22m for the remainder of the game. There seemed to be a seem-less link between the forwards and the backs which made it hard for Burnham to defend against, and they were opened up time and time again. Only stopping Morgs with some good tackling on their line. Will Hopkins did force his way over and add 5 points after some quick play around the ruck area to bring Morgs right back into the game.
 
Straight from the following kick off Morganians managed to work their way back down into the Burnham 22m area to put themselves into contention to win the game. Good breaks from Royston Grimstead, Jason Richards and James Fox gained Morgs the ground to really apply pressure, but a good defence and a slip of the ball in a final play meant that the win wasn't going to come. Morgs held their heads high after what was a truly gutsy display where they dug deep to nearly pull off a brilliant result.