Cleve’s good start to the season

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

CLEVE RFC First XV topped the table in the South West One West league after winning their first three matches.

The first victory came at The Hayfields where they ran out 31-15 winners over Weston Hornets.

Next they visited Thornbury, where they scored an impressive 34-8 win, running in six tries to one. Greg Welling, a summer arrival from Southmead, was first to cross the line, breaking through to touch down under the posts, Marcus Brooker converting. Former captain Sam Roach was next on the board, muscling over from close range before Greg Setherton then scored in the corner.

Cleve bagged the bonus point when powerful approach play by former Avonmouth skipper Neil Evans paved the way for Dan Lear to cross, Greg Welling converting. Neil Evans and Sam Roach scored additional tries.

The following week, September 21, they secured a 37-25 win over Wadebridge Camels. 

It was a highly successful day for Cleve, as all four senior teams secured victories.

Director of rugby Rich Pool believes the club has much to look forward to this season.

As well as the four senior sides, Cleve has six mini, five junior and three girls’ teams.

In his welcome message for 2013-14, Pool said: “The structure throughout the club is buoyant. We have a mini and junior section providing rugby from under 7s through to under 20s. The completion of the age groups beyond under 16s is vital to provide continuity through to our senior teams, and it is very satisfying that the coaching link here is provided by current senior players Dan Cox, Paul Viddicombe, and Aaron Grant.”

The club has a new kit this season, featuring traditional hoops, provided by Zarx Sports.

The senior squad is coached by Paul Johnstone and Geraint Lewis, supported by Mike Jones and Otto Avent.

Brad Horman is this season’s captain and the vice captains are Tom Gollop and Steve Bath.

Pool said: “We have a raft of new faces in the squad, adding competition, some familiar looking characters also, adding experience, and some of the next generation of familiar names, Horman, Gollop, Roach, Jelly, Casson, and Poustie, to name a few.

“The squad will continue to evolve; with new talents coming to the fore, this will help in our ambitions to improve our league status.

“We know that we are in a very competitive league this season, but we hold an ambition to take the club to a higher level. We will continue to develop the infrastructure to support this but expect to maintain the values of discipline and warmth as a club, to create the right atmosphere.

“Through hard work, and endeavour, we look forward to an exciting, prosperous, and fulfilling journey.”

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