10 Tor 1st XV Vs Gordano 15
Tor RFC started the season with a disappointing loss. Tor showed their ambition regularly and strong periods of defence and attack proved not to be good enough to stop recently relegated Gordano taking the spoils.
The match kicked off in conditions more akin to mid-January than early September with Tor playing into the wind and rain. Newly acquired player coach Gavin Hancock (Peter Evans Storage Systems) ran in from 40 metres allowing the play to drift before turning sharply and beating multiple would be defenders to cross the line. Conversion missed from out wide. The score was soon levelled by a route one Gordano team who had picked a team to seemingly attempt to outmuscle their opponents. A scrum breaking down to result in a Gordano player crashing over to make it 5-5 on 20 minutes.
Harrison Collins (RJM Cleaning Services) took to the field to revitalise a slightly tiring Tor pack on 30 mins. Having the desired effect the momentum stayed Tors way to allow Matt Hastie (C&R Construction) to burrow his way to the line.
Tor going into the break 10-5 made the move to bring on Mark Richardson (Stewart Austwick Electricals) to try and change the flow of the game and pull away from the opposition.
Chances fell few and far between in the second half with one of Tors few chances at points coming from the boot, an opportunity from a penalty from 40 metres out falling agonisingly short. Gordano had their own shot at goal missed before an easier attempt sailed through the uprights to leave Tor only 2 points head. Tor’s hopes were further dented when the impressive Mark Furze (RIS Reed & Sons) suffered a knee injury shortly followed by influential Scrumhalf Toby Payne (Sparks Transport) going to the blood bin.
The final ten minutes brought controversial circumstances, a technical law disputed but upheld in favour of Gordano meant a 5 metre driving line out. A number of pick and drives resulted in the score favouring Gordano, Conversion added 10-15. The last play of the game had Tor camped on the 5 metre line of Gordano, valiant drives and an attempted dart from Payne came to nothing as the ball was eventually knocked on.
Tor named two players as man of the match Ashley Lester (A J & E M Williams & Sons) playing from the unfamiliar position of prop kept the scrum going forward, whilst putting a shift in around the park. The other Matt Hyde (Rob Durston Building Contractor) who tackled fearlessly from Inside Centre.
Tor travel away to Wiveliscombe next week to get their season back on track.
- Gavin Hancock
- Matt Hastie