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RUGBY: Wellington edged out by one point
4:04pm Wednesday 22nd February 2012 in Wellington RFC
Wellington lost 22-21 at Exeter Saracens on a slippery pitch in a Tribute Western Counties West encounter.
Saracens played with the wind in the first half and put Wellington under pressure but their decision to kick penalties to touch or run them came to nothing as the visitors defence was solid.
Ben Williams made a good break down the wing and Wellington's resulting penalty was kicked to touch.
Exeter stole the line out and worked up to Welly's 22, and from a well worked move off the back of the scrum scored a converted try.
Wellington came back strongly and eventually after a good forward maul Will McKee broke the defence to touch down and Mark Nichols converted.
The rest of the half was end-to-end with neither side being able to finish off moves because of unforced errors and dogged defence, although Nichols was unlucky with a penalty on half time.
The second half started well for the visitors. They camped on Sarries' try line and eventually the referee sin binned one of the home forwards and awarded a penalty try which Nichols converted.
Saracens caught Wellington napping from the restart and worked their way up field and eventually touched down under the posts for a converted try. T hey increased their lead with a well taken penalty shortly after.
From a Wellington line-out on their five yard line they infringed and Saracens pounced on the chance scoring an unconverted try wide out.
With time running out Wellington found themselves well inside Sarries' 22 and from a well worked scrumage move Chris Kitto touched down and Nichols converted.
Unfortunately time ran out before Wellington could put any pressure on, losing yet another away game by a single point.