“Rugby may have many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of Summer.”
In a pulsating match which saw the home side take a 7 nil lead after an early Clifton attack in heavy conditions, the Cup holders fought back a spirited Thornbury side.
Clearly remembering their famous Cup win 4 years ago at Station Road (3-8), Thornbury pushed their visitors hard and their youthful team played with great commitment.
Clifton's team, with just five 1st XV regulars on field, demonstrated the Club's depth of talent and experience to hold back a resurgent Thornbury.
Aftab Hamid, in charge of the Clifton side for the first time, was full of praise for his side but also took time to recognise the talented Thornbury side that had been the opposition.
Clifton's men in #LavenderAndBlack will continue their title defence in the semi-final against either Old Redcliffians or Weston Hornets - watch this website for details.
Clifton: Bentley Halpin; Alex Hall, Curtis Herbert, Jordan Kelly, Edgar Odum; Sam Harrison (c), Tom Hicks; Callum Simpson, Beno Edwards, Elliott Booley, Francesco Albasini, David Hill, Chris Rovery, Emar Pronks, Rhys Luckwell.
Replacements: Ross Denton, Steffan Kitchen, Charlie Richardson, Ed Davies, Brad Barnes.
Tries: Sam Harrison, Francesco Albasini, Alex Hall, Edgar Odum, Bentley Halpin; Conversions: Sam Harrison (4)
Rod Alsopp Photography
Updated 11:02 - 20 Nov 2017 by Wyn Tingley