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19th Oct, 2021

Claverdon bounce back in style after losing skipper

Editorial Correspondent 13th Oct, 2021 Updated: 13th Oct, 2021

CLAVERDON recovered from a potentially season-ending injury to club captain Michael Jay to defeat visitors Rugby Welsh 45-6 in Midlands Four West (South).

Jay was injured just before half-time after a poor challenge from Rugby Welsh’s outside centre, and it prompted a ten-minute delay and a switch in pitches.

The match started slowly, with both sides giving away unnecessary penalties but Claverdon eventually capitalised with a simple try from Hilton Garner-Jones, side-stepping his way to the opposition line.

After moving pitches due to the injury, and a 10-6 scoreline at half-time, Claverdon were determined to avenge the loss of their captain.

Josh Evans dives over the line for a try for Claverdon. Picture by Will Barnes.

Claverdon produced some fantastic running rugby to stretch their lead, with sensational tries from Charlie Byrd, Josh Evans and Luke Rogers.

Jack Barwell was man of the match.

Claverdon’s Chris Calcotts under pressure. Picture by Will Barnes.

The club would like to extend best wishes to Michael Jay, Will Lawton and Tom Hudson who all sustained injuries during the game, and hope for speedy recoveries for all.

Claverdon entertain Aston Old Edwardians in the Midlands Junior Vase on Saturday.

Charlie Byrd breaks away from Rugby Welsh. Picture by Will Barnes.

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