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Tryscorer needs leg operation as injury overshadows Wells win

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Wells 16 Burnham 10

Wells' seventh victory of the season was marred by a serious leg injury sustained by debutant James Phillips early in the second half of their visit of Burnham.

Phillips had only arrived as a replacement full-back after 35 minutes but, during his short stint on the pitch, he made his mark with a superb try.

A crossfield kick from Aaron Cook was gathered on the left by George Willis, who drew the defence before throwing an inside pass to Phillips.

He timed his run perfectly to scorch under the posts but his afternoon later took a sorry turn and his leg had to be operated on the following day. All at Wells RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

Besides Phillips' try, all of Wells' other points came in the first half from the boot of Cook, who bagged a conversion to go alongside three penalties.

The second period seemed to last forever following the injury to Phillips and, awaiting the arrival of an ambulance, the match was moved to the adjoining pitch.

Wells played up the hill and found themselves pushed back time and again by probing kicks. That they only conceded a single try midway through the half was tribute to not only their sheer determination but the organisation and teamwork that director of rugby Peter Kennedy has brought to the side.

All the players played their part but none more so than Robbie Wiseman and Lewis Cohen, who were immense in everything they did.

Even in the final ten minutes when the home side were reduced to 14 men following the sin-binning of Ash Hill for a technical offence and with Burnham camped on their line, heads did not fall, making victory all the more satisfying.

After ten league games on the trot, the first and second teams take well-earned rests on Saturday, although the thirds take on their Tor counterparts.

Wells RFC would like to thank Saturday's lunch sponsor, Wells Joinery, and Chris White for the after-lunch cheese.

On January 20, five senior club members will be taking part in a charity skydive from 15,000 feet. The money raised will go towards Wells' development fund and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

Full details and how to sponsor the jumpers are available via the club's website, www.wellsrfc.co.uk.

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