Monday, 10 March 2008

Tiverton 3rds 0 Wivey 3rds 22

With skipper Rob Aplin away on holiday it was left to Mike Phillips to leave his golf and fishing alone to rally the troops this week. With many players unavailable this was not an easy task for him but thanks to several colts who stepped in at the last minute, to everyone's surprise he managed to count up to 15.

On a cold windy afternoon in Devon, Wivey started the game well but despite lots of pressure in the early stages failed to score. Tiverton responded well and began to put pressure on in the scrum and loose play and for a while the game was evenly matched. Credit must go to Wivey colts Matt Ellis and Graham Broom in the front row up against a very experienced Tiverton front row.

Midway through the first half Wivey finally scored after a series of passes out wide Dave Huxtable ran in to score a try in the corner. This was soon followed by a series of forward phases and the ball went out wide for winger Omar ' Hair Gel' Rawlings to score. Both tries went unconverted and the half time score was 10 - 0.

In the second half Wivey continued to pile on the pressure and big Dave ' Steamroller' Brant ran over and past several Tiverton players to make a 25yd break. From the following ruck the ball was passed out to Ben Parnell to score under the posts. He also converted this try of which he repeatedly reminded us all evening. At 17 - 0 the result was not in doubt and Wivey relaxed for a while and Tiverton's tackling prevented more tries. Near the end Dave Brant finished off a forward move to score Wivey's fourth try to make the final score 22 - 0.

Once again another good satisfying performance on a cold, windy afternoon

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