Westcombe Park 39-20 Taunton

By Mike Attewell

A TRIO of tries in each half secured Westcombe Park a 39-20 success over Taunton at Goddington Dene on Saturday.

Last week at Hertford with power and patience Combe built an impressive win.

In this game, explosive moments destroyed Taunton, who having competed throughout the first half, were simply blown away in the second.

Taunton looked dangerous early on and were stopped three times near the line before James Lindfield got the first of his three tries after 10 minutes and shortly afterwards Joe Simpson, with his second attempt, gave Combe an 8-0 lead.

Taunton scrambled a try near the posts credited to Dave Bufton, converted by Tony Yapp, which said more about the officials than either sets of players.

It kept them in touch but Nikki Davies exploited a gap to explode to the line from way out and Simpson converted.

The next quarter of an hour was all Taunton where a penalty from Yapp, a sweeping move started by Yapp which ended with a try by Ruben Haile and the conversion from Yapp gave them a two point lead.

In the final minute of the opening period Combe again exploded and Lindfield got his second try to restore the lead at half-time.

Kieron Leeper side-stepped his way to the line in the first minute of the second half and Simpson converted, meaning in two minutes Combe had gone from being behind into a 10-point lead.

Taunton made their only contribution of the second half with a Yapp penalty a couple of minutes later but tried valiantly to the end, despite being down a player for 10 minutes, during which a hack into the in-goal area saw Chris O’Neill beat everyone to the touch-down.

Simpson converted from the touchline.

For the last 25 minutes Combe spent most of their time in the visitor’s territory but only Lindfield made the break-through when close attendance couldn't stop him stretching for the line and his third try eight minutes from the end.

On Sunday Combe Tigers won their way to the Kent Cup Final with another rash of tries against Aylesford Bulls.

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