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RUGBY UNION: Sevier's kicks seal Grove's derby success
8:39pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
Grove took the honours in Saturday’s South West 1 derby at home to Witney, running out 34-22 victors.
The hosts began like an express train with a penalty by full back Roger Sevier followed by a try from wing Harry Carr, which Sevier converted.
Witney cut the deficit with a penalty, but Grove were quick to respond as Guy Nicholl touched down in the corner for a 15-3 lead.
Sevier missed the conversion and a penalty chance.
Witney hit back with a try, which signalled a spell of heavy pressure, but Grove held firm and went further ahead when Nicholl gathered and made a great dash to the line for a 20-8 half-time lead.
Witney turned down two opportunities to kick penalties and fell further behind when Nicholl crashed over in the corner for his second and Grove’s bonus point try. The home side looked out of sight, but they seemed to go to sleep.
Witney attacked strongly and spurned another kickable penalty, opting for the corner lineout.
This time it paid off with a converted try under the posts.
Sevier landed a penalty to make it 28-15, only for Witney to reply with another converted try, cutting the gap to six points.
However, two further Sevier penalties put them out of sight.
Witney’s tries came from David Hyde, Charlie Bennett and Carl Strutt, while Phil Thomas converted two and landed a penalty.