Tiverton impress with emphatic victory
5 tries were scored for Tiverton as they beat Saltash 33-10
Director of Rugby Jon Hill reaction reaction:
A game started on the Main Pitch and then transferred to the 2nds Pitch (after they had completed their match early) because of an shoulder injury to the visitors winger, didn't stop the boy's putting in another good peformance to get the full 5 points with this 5 try victory. We were 14 points up within 7 minutes with 2 lovely running tries from the backs. The first came almost from the kick off as the forwards won the ball, drove down the short side with Ian, Skleds and Luggy breking their defence. Jack picked up from 20 meters out, sold a 'dummy' to score under the posts with Matt D converting. From the restart we secured good ball again and put the ball wide early. Mark, in the line, broke through and fed Alex who ran clear. As the tackle came under passed inside for Mark to take the ball for the score--Matt converting again. Saltash finally got into the game with good possesion allowing their winger to run clear only for Callum to make a great tackle. Howver from at the ruck we were penalised and they got 3 points back.
It was now the injury to the Saltash winger disrupted the flow of the game as he suffered a shoulder injury in a tackle. An Ambulance was called and the teams continued to keep warm, when after 25 mins the 2's game on the adjoining pitch, was completed and we moved over. It certainly didn't do us any favours as for the first 10 mins we struggled to get back into the game, as the visitors disrupted our efforts to continue at the previous high tempo, with good first up tackles and strong running from their pack, especially the 8, who caused problems everytime he ran with the ball. However on 30 mins we increased the lead after succesive penalties saw us deep in their 22. The driving maul was stopped short but succesive pick up and drives saw Ian pick up and dive over for 19-3. With time running out we had another lineout near the line and this time the driving maul was successful with Elliott touching down. Matts conversion saw us go into half time leading 26-3.
The second half was a bit of a stalemate as we tried to keep playing an expansive game but 2 many handlng errors and, again far to many penalties, saw alot of frustration astempers frayed. The stalemate was eventually broken when the forwards put together 7 or 8 phases which evetually saw Jaime pick up and run through a gap for a 20 meter run to score under the posts--Matt converting for 33-3. As time ran out, the visitors managed a try when a drop pass was intercepted on half way for their 6 to run under the posts for the converted try.
This was another very good team effort with everyone laying a full part in the win, especially Ian Brewer (or the old man as he is better known??) being made Man of the Match. There are still things to work on at Training as we look forward to next weeks game away at Sidmouth. They are riding high with 3 wins from 3, scoring lots of points, the team to beat at the moment.