This Week it's... @PaigntonRFC @tauntonrfc @ImperialRFC @RWBassettRFC @chewvalleyrfc @St_Brendans_RFC @Clevedon_RFC @FramptonRFC

This Week it's... @PaigntonRFC @tauntonrfc @ImperialRFC @RWBassettRFC @chewvalleyrfc @St_Brendans_RFC @Clevedon_RFC @FramptonRFC

By Simon Rees
20th March
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Firsts have a crunch game away to Paignton, 2nds have top of the table clash


It's a big week for the 1st XV as they travel to Paignton on the back of a four-match winning streak. Paignton currently prop up the table while we're 8th but the maths in the bottom half is such that every team could escape relegation or face the drop - including us. With three of the remaining four games away matches, and only one away win this season, Winscombe need a win on the road this weekend. Paignton's home form is strong, and in the reverse fixture they only narrowly lost 19-14 on Longfield. Travelling support would be very welcome.

The seconds also have a crunch fixture. They're currently second to Taunton III (although sometimes Taunton II, it seems), having broken away from the rest of the pack. To give us a chance of promotion we need a five point win on the road, which is going to be tricky.

That leaves the 3rd XV with the run of the clubhouse for their last league fixture of the season against Imperial II. Imperial can't make promotion, and the 3rds can't get relegated for the simple reason than there is no lower league than Somerset 3 North (anywhere in the world, I believe), so there's little to play for other than the remnants of the 3rd XV's pride. I took the opportunity to speak to their keeper, young Paul Chilcott, after he'd finished mucking out. Was he sad the 3rd's season was over?

"A little - but you must remember it's nearly time for the rut. They don't breed well and disappointments are common, so it's best to stop now. Then we can let them loose for summer pasture up on the Mendips. I go up there from time to time to make sure they're OK - bang a couple of tins of Thatcher's Gold together and they'll all come running".

Was he worried for the future of 3rd XV rugby?

"Occasionally. Although we struggle to breed our own, there are still some wild stock up there and at the start of the season, when we bring them down we get a few extra that we weren't expecting. And I hope they carry on - there's something...magnificent... about seeing one in full flight. I hope my grandchildren get to see it".

And so, with a tear in his eye, he picked up his shovel and got back to work.

At the other end of the age and performance scale, on Sunday the Colts have a return friendly fixture against Royal Wootton Bassett. The minis and the U13s are all away to Chew Valley, other than the U12s who visit Frampton Cotterell. The U14s are home to St Brendans, and the U15s are away to Clevedon.

In the afternoon, the U13s girls are hoping for a home fixture with Gordano while the U15 and U18s girls train on what is otherwise a county weekend for them.

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