Wyvern 36 – Yatton 2nds 10
It was with some trepidation I imagine that both Wyvern and Yatton locked horns on Saturday at Wyvern RFC. Trepidation you say? The reason being is that both are at the wrong end of the table and have probably struggled to get consistent sides out every week, hence the results.
There is no getting away from the fact that this league can be difficult and there are clear divisions within the league itself. Results show that both teams struggle in defence and therefore the likely victors would be those that could put a firm footing on the control pedal. In effect that’s what Wyvern did although it took 10 minutes or so to come to fruition.
The early exchanges saw a lot of pressure from Wyvern playing up the slope (yep there is one) but opportunities to consolidate the position went begging as a result of simple errors in communication and mind set. Eventually when Wyvern got the first try it was akin to freeing a blockage. Up to that point Wyvern appeared to be over anxious to get a score on the board rather than employ patience.
Thereafter it became a consummate controlled performance from Wyvern. Yatton did threaten throughout the match and went over for two tries which they could not convert. Other opportunities went begging for Yatton but due to the defensive pressure applied by Wyvern Yatton endured a higher level of inaccuracy at the finish.
At times Wyvern belied their league position with fast attacking flair, ability to spot the opportunity at the right time and work very well in defence to keep Yatton from the try line. Defensively Wyvern applied good pressure from the off, the midfield partnership of Tom Stanley and Paul ‘Rougerie’ Wilson working effectively as well as the forwards taking the game to Yatton.
In the end two tries by Mark ‘Evs’ Evans who opened the scoring, Connor ‘hatrick’ Crampton and a sublime move finished off by Josh Perrin with captain Ben Warwicker converting three of the tries ensured the points went the way of the Wyvern. The next two games, away to Bristol Barbarians and home to Old Bristolians are likely to shape the second half of the season for Wyvern.
Wyvern coming off the back of two impressive victories in two weeks took to the Richard Huish college field brimming with confidence. With a full squad of 19 on offer to the Wyvern it clearly showed they were up for the game as the starting line up benefited from a mixture of experience from several older players and the speed of some very good youth players in the making.
Despite a ropey start which saw Wyvern penned back in their own half for the first 5 mins, it was the combination of old and youth in the back line, as Peter Flook and Andy Perrin stepped up to show what these two can become. Flook playing in his familiar role of 9 and Andy Perrin at 10 combined well to run the back line and certainly bossed Wells around the park.
However, it was just not meant to be in the first twenty minutes with Wyvern going close an several occasions and completely dominating possession they could still not breach the Wells defensive line. In fact it was great breakdown play from the two centres John Tembo and Rich Hodge that finally set up the first try for Wyvern with Matt Perry bursting through to score in the corner. Wyvern 5 – Wells 0. Conversion missed.
Wyvern let their heads drop momentarily and from the restart let Wells back in with a soft try from the Wells pack. The half time score was Wyvern 5 – Wells 5 with all to play for in the second half.
If the first half was all about dominance in possession without converting the points the second half was certainly not going to go the same way. Wyvern clearly upbeat about their first half display started confidently and with a couple of changes made at half time they clearly still had the mental attitude of a win on the horizon. John Isaacs displayed this will after only 46mins, when he caught the ball in Wyverns half from a Wells clearance and ran straight through their defence to score a beautiful try under the post. Conversion slotted over by Pete Flook. Wyvern 12 – Wells 5
The restart saw Wyvern straight back at Wells, who were clearly showing signs of fatigue among many of their players, this did not deter Wyvern, and on 54mins Ray the ever emphatic number 8 burst through the line to run 40 metres under the post for Wyverns third try of the day. Pete Flook Stepped up for the conversion which was again successful. Wyvern 19 – Wells 5.
Another restart, another dominant display by Wyvern, taking the ball deep back in the Wells half. This time it was the star combination of Flook and Perrin that worked together to result in Perrin going over on 60 mins for the bonus point try. Conversion missed. Wyvern 24 – Wells 5.
Wells with a couple of players injured or off the field were given a couple of Wyvern boys to assist with numbers but this did not deter Wyvern who could smell the win. This time it saw the captain and veteran Pete Flook going over under the posts to give Wyvern the five points, up stepped, Lewis Tunnicliffe for the conversion under the post only to hit the bar. Wyvern 29 – Wells 5.
The final moments of the game saw Wyvern lose their dominance as they allowed Wells back into the game with a final try right on full time, the conversion was slotted over and the final score ended Wyvern 29 – Wells 12.
An emphatic display by Wyvern and all players should be extremely proud of the display, discipline and mentality they showed.
Special thanks to all that made themselves available and played.
Man of the Match goes to Jay Courtney who’s tackle count for the game was outstanding.
Dick of the day has to go to Lewis Tunnicliffe for missing the conversion under the post, and after watching James Browning attempts after the game I may well be calling on him this week for kicking duties.
Wyvern seconds play Wincanton at home this week in what could see Wyvern go second in the league with another win. Squad and meet times will be announced by Friday this week.
Dave Lawton – 2nd team Manager
Wyvern 5 – 43 Old Sulians
Wyvern faced a well drilled side from Bath on Saturday at home, and with a few decisions and being able to finish cynically the home side may have gotten something out of the game.
Wyvern started the game well against a team that looked like they’d had a long journey, with an early scoring opportunity squandered following a break by Mark Evans, with the final ball being dropped. This seemed to wake up the visitors and their flyhalf’s kicking game started to function, with Wyvern continually loosing possession and being kicked back into the corners. This allowed Sulians to score 4 tries in the first half.
Wyvern responded right on half time, with a try through Ben Warwicker following a scrum pushover. Wyverns scrum has become a big weapon with most packs in the league struggling against it. A half time score of 5-24 meant a lot of work was to be done to get back in the game.
The 2nd half started with more of the same from Old Sulians, and they scored a further 3 tries to Wyverns blank. This being said Wyvern were unlucky on two occasions with a forward pass call and a slightly odd one where the referee deemed that the ball didn’t leave the hands following a quick penalty.
Wyverns last 20 was made more difficult due to yellow cards to Bran Crampton for stealing the ball in a tackle (how dare he!) and to Dan Flynn for a poor attempt of a trip.
The 1sts have no game next weekend, but the 2nds face Wincanton at home in the league and look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
No training at the Conquest Centre this week, but players should keep an eye on the Club’s Players Facebook page for details once they have been confirmed.