Ex­cel­lent Barnes kicks Clifton home

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 South - ■ By WYN TIN­G­LEY

BRAD Barnes’ im­pres­sive kick­ing proved to be the dif­fer­ence as a bat­tling Clifton se­cured a tremen­dous win over Can­ter­bury.

The fly-half slot­ted five penal­ties as Clifton tri­umphed 25-15 over their ri­vals.

Clifton’s de­fence was solid all day in what was a bat­tling and tena­cious dis­play, and they opened up a 6-0 lead with two penal­ties from the boot of Barnes.

Wing Harry Say­ers crossed the white­wash af­ter 27 min­utes as Can­ter­bury ral­lied, but Clifton full-back Ian Clark dot­ted down to re­store the home side’s lead.

How­ever, there was just one point in it at the break af­ter Alexan­der Miller scored his side’s sec­ond of the game mo­ments be­fore the whis­tle.

The home side ex­celled in the scrum, with hooker Jack Wil­liams par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, and Barnes added three more unan­swered penal­ties - Clifton build­ing a steady ad­van­tage as the half wore on.

And the game was put be­yond the vis­i­tors when Wil­liams crashed over 12 min­utes from time for an well-de­served un­con­verted try.

Can­ter­bury back rower Jamie Stephens crossed late on for his side’s third score of the game, but it proved to be too lit­tle, too late as the hosts held out com­fort­ably for vic­tory.

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