Beechen Cliff followed up on last week's resounding win at Filton College with another dominant performance in Round 2 of this season’s ACE League.
The Bath Rugby partnership school defeated Truro College – who are affliated to Exeter Chiefs - 38-14 at home in front of a large crowd. The RFU ACE League pits the partner state schools or colleges of all the Premiership clubs against each other in a National League of exceptional quality.
Truro started strongly with an extended period of possession that tested the Beechen Cliff defence, but they held firm and set a defensive standard that they maintained for the remainder of the game. Having finally turned the ball over, the Beechen Cliff backs swiftly counter attacked leading to centre Rory Crum outpacing the defence to open the scoring with Raff Weston converting.
Next it was the forwards turn, with a well-drilled driving maul from a close-range line-out. Hooker Max Dorrington was given the touchdown, but credit should handed to the entire pack. The third try came soon after with wing Henry Bartlett scoring a stunning individual try from his own half. Catching a missed touch kick, he set off on a mazy run, evading numerous tacklers before scoring under the posts.
Arguably at this point, Beechen were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal and allowed Truro back into the game. A series of needless penalties and some over-expansive play resulted in conceding possession and territory and Truro claimed a converted try of their own.
The half-time break allowed the team to reset and make some personnel changes. The second half performance was more assured and the replacements made a real impact. WingWyatt McLaughlin, fresh off the bench, scored not long after the restart. Replacement hooker Ben Stoaling scored another from close range before McLaughlin scored his second with the final play of the game.
The win puts Beechen Cliff in a buoyant and confident mood, with a maximum of 10 league points from two games, going into next week's game against Gordon’s School, the Quins partner school.