Colchester end season with defeat at Guernsey
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Colchester travelled to the Channel Islands to play their last game of the season and came away losing 31-17.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw the hosts throw everything at Colchester, but the Blacks defence held firm.
Often, several forays by Guernsey would lead to a turnover ball with Colchester’s hardworking forwards getting the ball back to fly-half David Higgins, who would clear their lines with some long-range kicking.
The impasse was broken after 20 minutes when Guernsey won a penalty 10 metres from the Colchester line and piled over for an unconventional try.
An offence in a scrum on their 22-metre line led to Colchester being awarded a penalty just behind the halfway line. Higgins coolly slotted the kick bringing the score to 5-3.
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The jubilation of the Colchester crowd was subdued soon after however, when Guernsey scored a catch and drive try at the opposite end just before half-time.
When the game restarted Guernsey threw everything at Colchester but they continued with their own attacks.
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From one such attack, Higgins broke through the middle and offloaded to Danny Whiteman who scored under the posts.
Tom Miller converted and suddenly Colchester were in contention 12-10.
Unfortunately, soon afterwards, centre George Liversidge was yellow-carded and Guernsey used their superior numbers well and following a scrum five metres out, put the full-back over for a well converted try, bringing the score to 19-10. Five minutes later they scored another try following a successful Guernsey line out.
The second half saw some disagreement between the sides leading to a yellow card for Guernsey and a red card for Colchester’s Jerome Awesu.
Guernsey pressed forward and, after a lot of pressure, dived over for a converted try, bringing the score to 31-10.
Colchester had the final say however, when lock Eli Castle broke free, ran 20 metres, and then offloaded to flanker Alex Rayment, who scored under the posts.
There was a very fitting end to the proceedings when Kiwi Te Albert, playing his last game, converted the try with the final kick of the game.