43 Tor 1st XV Vs St Bernadettes 26
Tor cruised to comfortable win in a lower table clash at St Bernadettes with another good team performance. From the kickoff Tor always looked in control and with another bonus point win they are starting to climb back up the league table.
The dominated play for the first 40 mins, but let a Bernadettes back into the game in the 3rd quarter. However, their solid defence never looked under any real pressure, with Des Rowe and Matt Hastie leading the charge for the fowards and Gavin Hancock setting the pace backs, the latter getting 4 of Tor’s 7 tries and making his tally for the season so far 10.
Tor took just 3 minutess to open the scoring. A quick tap penalty by Matt Hyde made the space for Jack Burge to run in from 37 metres for a unconverted try.
Tor’s second came only 6 minutess later. Matt Coley recovered a clearing kick and, with Hancock on his shoulder, drew the defence to relase the flying winger for his first try of the afternoon. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 0-10.
Tor were at it again soon after. Hastie set off from another quick penalty on Tor’s 22 and set Alex Gooby off on a 30 metre charge. Hancock was again in close support, going in for his second on 13 minutes. Coley added the two points to make the score 0-17.
The prolific winger soon had his hat-trick and Tor their bonus point. From a scrum on Tor’s 10 metre line, Hancock gathered a loose ball and ran in from 60 yards. Coley’s two points making it 0-24 after only 27 minutes.
The home side’s only points of the half followed from a penalty lineout catch and drive just outside Tor’s 5 metre line for a unconverted try on 33 mins.
Tor’s had the final say in the first half though with their 5th try coming just before the interval. Hastie secured the ball a from penalty lineout and the forwards mounted an unstoppable drive to the line. Harrison Collins popped up form the bottom of the pile to claim the try. The conversion was missed but Tor were well in front at the break 5-29 .
The home side started the second half the better. A good forward drive on Tor’s 22 provided quick ball to the backs and they crossed the white wash for a converted try on 43 mins – 12-29.
Matt Sturgess made a welcome return at tighthead in the second half and Tor started to dominate the set piece. A scrum on the Bernadettes 5m line was taken against the head and Rowe picked up and crashed over for the score. Coley was, again, on target with the boot to make the score 12-36 on 55 mins.
Coley then played provider again, recovering the ball from the restart he made space for Hyde to split the Bernadettes defence and put Hancock in for his 4th of the afternoon just before the hour. Two more points from the boot of Coley put Tor ahead 12-43.
Bernadettes then mounted some sustained pressure as Tor relaxed. A loose pass from a over confident Tor was intercepted and the home side ran a converted try on 70 mins to make the score 19-43. They then secured a deserved bonus point try on 75 mins and added the conversion to make the score 26 – 43.
Tor reignited and were still looking to increase their score as the game came to a close but couldn’t quite cross the line.
- Jack Burge
- Gavin Hancock (4)
- Harrison Collins
- Des Rowe
- Matt Coley (4)