26 Tor 1st XV Vs Wiveliscombe 39
Tor Come Up Short In Second Outing Of The Season
Tor arrived in Wiveliscombe with the hope of getting their season back on track. Although missing several players from the previous week, including four members from the starting pack and a further two from the backs confidence still ran through the travelling Tor side.
The weather provided a hard flat track ideal for running rugby and encouraging plenty of try scoring opportunities. Tor started the battle up the hill. The re-shuffled front row of Louie Burge (CJ Goodland Digger Hire) Ashley Lester (TD Construction) and John Dixon started well, winning ball in the scrum with ease assisted by the iconic Wivvy slope.This wasn’t to be the trend of the day with the Wivvy packs superior size coming out on top resulting in starved ball for the Tor Backs. Strong individual performances for pack members Tom Harding (John Beveridge Engineers) busy throughout and Alex Gooby (Rogers Restorations) who was his usual energetic self showed glimpses of how the Tor pack could function.
Tor started the game the better and the ball moving wide through the backs allowed Jordan Hunt (TLE Sports Coaching Limited) to finish well in the corner. Conversion slotted from the touchline by Mark Richardson (Stuart Austwick Electrical) Wiveliscombe however stayed in touch before Gavin Hancock (Peter Evans Storage Systems) benefited initially from a James Austwick (CRS Electrical) break to show a clean pair of heals from half way and scoring under the posts. Conversion again added by Richardson.
Tor Stayed in touch for the majority of the game however the fourth quarter saw Wiveliscombe pull away. Hard running No.8 Des Rowe (Steadfast Building Contractors) leaving the field for a dead leg only further hindered Tor. The ruthless Wivvy pack took advantage of poor organisation in defense and below par one on one tackling to stretch the score. During this period perhaps the Try of the match was scored through the Tor Rugby Backs. A fielded kick in the Tor 22 by Fullback Matt Coley (Jungle Property Services) saw the ball initially ran back before a long pass going to Hunt on the left 15m line, an inside ball to Dan Berkeley (West End Fish & Chips) to make further yards up the pitch and continue the momentum of the move, Austwick then there to draw the last man before Hancock ran an inside line to go in under the posts for the second time in the match.
Tor seeking a consolation 4 try bonus point got this through Blindside Tom Harding (John Beveridge Engineers) to be put through on the right wing and taking advantage of a tiring defence to score allowing Tor to leave South West Somerset with something.
Next match at home to Old Reds in the league. A tighter defence coupled with the already existing dangerous backs could spell the first win of the season.
Man of the match went to Jordan Hunt (TLE Sports Coaching) for his strong running and meters made from the wing.
- Tom Harding
- Jordan Hunt
- Gavin Hancock (2)
- Mark Richardson
- Mark Richardson (2)