Thornbury 32 Keynsham 28

Thornbury’s run of defeats came to an end with a fine bonus point win over Keynsham, which should have been more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Despite scoring four tries, at least five glorious chances were squandered by the team, who are now sixth in the table.

Keynsham enjoyed the better of the early stages and demonstrated good ball retention, rumbling into the Thornbury ‘22’ for their hooker to score a converted try.

Thornbury attacked from the restart and George Sheldon was stopped a few inches short of the line. The ball was moved to the left where a knock-on denied Louis Ogilvie a chance to score. Thornbury were awarded a scrum and pushed Keynsham over their line and Tom Williams was awarded a try. Jake Wood converted.

Wood put Thornbury ahead with a penalty and then Harry Glew scored from a driving lineout, with Wood adding the extras.

Thorns surged further ahead before half time when Keynsham lost the ball running out of defence. As it went loose, Glew kicked ahead and won the race to the ball to score.

Keynsham started the second half the better and scored an early converted try. But the Thornbury try bonus point came shortly afterwards when Wood raced through to score. 

The Keynsham pack managed a third converted try to peg Thorns back to 29-21.

A high tackle allowed Wood to stretch Thornbury's lead but they made a hash of the restart and after pressure on the line, Keynsham scored their fourth converted try.

Thorns were able to close out the match for a deserved win, with their pack earning plaudits for their strong performance in the scrum and carrying well.

With Matson and Bideford confirmed as relegated, Thornbury welcome the Devon club to Rockhampton on Saturday for the last league game of the season. Kick off 3pm.