RUGBY: Photo Special – Bridgwater and Albion host international match
LOCAL rugby fans turned out in force to watch England Under-16s beat Wales Under-16s by 41ts-22 at Bridgwater and Albion RFC on Sunday (April 30, 2017) afternoon where despite the wet weather the big crowd, swollen by a large contingent of away supporters, was in excess of 2,000.
Despite Wales taking an early lead, England had bounced back and gone into the half-time interval with a commanding 22pts-10 lead.
England extended their lead in the second period, although Wales rallied before the final whistle at 41pts-22 in favour of the hosts.
This was a special rugby occasion and one that everyone associated with Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Club can feel very proud to have played their part in making the day such a success.
Afterwards Chris Kelly, the England RFU Juniors Vice President, said: “We have all had a wonderful time here and Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Club could not have been better hosts to all of us.
“The club hosted a lovely lunch upstairs before the game that was enjoyed by all our legends who were here celebrating the last ever schools international. There has been an absolutely fantastic crowd here to watch and the pitch was excellent so it couldn’t have been better.”
Chris added: “I was last here to watch the South of England play Australian Schools about 20 years and the club is just as good now as it was then.
“I used to accompany a rugby club when they toured down here in the past so have got many happy memories of Bridgwater and Albion.”
Steve Smith, the chairman of BARFC , said: “The day has been a great success all round and despite the weather we couldn’t have wished for it to have gone better.”
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in anyway at all, especially EDF our match sponsors and all of the local rugby fans who has braved the elements and come along to watch the match.”
More photos from Bridgwater Press photographer Jeff Searle can be found on these links:
REPORT: Courtesy of Bridgwater and Albion RFC, words by Richard Walsh.