The newly promoted Wyvern RFC travelled to the also new promoted Martock for their one and only pre season friendly.
Wyvern arrived with 18 players, however 16 of them were forwards, leaving only two regular backs. Not deterred by this Wyvern went about their business of doing the normal routine of pre match warm up. After the warm up, captain of the day Pete Flook started off the first of 4 X 20 minute games with the kick off.
Several players were playing out of position, most noticeable being Chris Richards at 10 & Matt Pope at centre.
With the game only a few minutes old Martock scored the first try of the day following a sweeping move which was finished off in the corner. Conversion missed.
This was followed up by another Martock try shortly after this. Conversion successful this time. 12-0 to Martock and this was how it stayed for the remainder of the first 20 min game.
A well needed water break was needed before the second part of the first half began.
Wyvern guest player ” Dave ” was the next to score following a good break by himself and good interchanging before he finished off the move himself. Conversion by Pete Flook successful.
Wyvern started to throw the ball about a little with a lot of the play pivoting around playmaker Chris Richards. However Martock were next to score with the conversion also a success.
This seemed to wake the Wyvern up which lead to several passages of good play, despite several players playing out of position leading to Chris scoring himself by making himself available to finish off a move which was more than likely started by him. Conversion missed this time.
19-12 half time.
Plenty of water taken on board at half time before the start of the third 20 min game where there was a shuffle of players to try to stem the flow of the Martock attack.
Dan Flynn was the next to score after a break by himself where he finished it off after plenty of good handling was displayed by most of the side.
After this score Martock themselves scored two quick tries with conversions successful on both.
Chris was the next one to score for the Wyvern as it seemed Martock were starting to tire in the hot afternoon sun. Pete converted.
That signalled the end of the third 20 min game where both sides took advantage of the extra water break.
Wyvern started to believe in themselves more which lead to Chris scoring again bring the game nearly within reach. Pete missed conversion this time.
As both teams started to wilt in the hot August sunshine Martock had one more score in them as the game neared the end of what was a good game played by both sides. Conversion missed which made the score 38-24 as the ref blew his whistle to signal the end of the contest.
Although Wyvern had several players not playing in their regular positions, they showed a good ethic in sticking to the task in hand.
Plenty of positives to take from the game, however a comment from Wyvern RFC President Howie highlighted that the players seemed to be lacking fitness, so something that I am sure will be worked on in the remaining 3 weeks of training before the season starts for the 1st XV on 5th September at HOME to Bristol Harlequins who themselves were promoted from the North equivalent of the league that we have just gained promotion from.
All in all a steady contest which, if we had the players available to play in their normal positions I am sure I would have been writing this report to announce a Wyvern win as I feel if as a club we all stick to the task ahead, we will achieve many good things this coming season.
The Wyvern Rugby Club are delighted to announce that they have a new Main Club Sponsor for the 2015-2016 season: Perry and Prouse.
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Wyvern Rugby Club Chairman, Martin Howe, commented “This is excellent news for us and will enable us to get a new set of shirts for next season, which is particularly important now we are going to be putting out a 2nd XV next season. Graham has watched the Wyvern play over the years, so it is pleasing that he, Nadine and Kevin are now fully immersed in the Rugby Club.”
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A 10-man squad travelled across to the inaugural Yeovil 7’s, which hosted some organised and seasoned 7’s sides. Upon arrival, Wyvern were to play in the first game of the day without any warm up or preparation. The lack of warm up and preparation along with the damp grass, meaning Wyvern weather wasn’t shining, showed in the first game. Wyvern immediately went 3 tries down in the first half due to handling errors, before Josh Perrin responded with his first of the tournament. The Bees finished the game with a further try. The final score probably flattered Wyvern’s opponents and later on in the day when the pitched had dried out would have probably led to a closer game.
For Wyvern’s second game the sun had dried the pitches out, which showed in the quality of rugby played. Wyvern showed a good drifting defensive line, which effectively starved their opposition of the ball. Wyvern ran out 5 tries to 1 winners with Tom Stanley kicking the extras well. Tries were scored by Josh Perrin (2), Dan Flynn and Dylan Jones (2).
The third game of the day came against a team from Plymouth University, who you could safely say were on their way to being quite drunk. A first half hat trick by Josh Perrin and Dan Flynn’s second of the day led to a 22-point lead at half time – a score line you’d expect the game to comfortably finish in Wyvern’s favour. This was not the case, with the Plymouth University team coming back to score three unanswered tries leaving the score looking a less comfortable 22-17 and a forward pass call by the referee saving Wyvern from another certain try against.
The next game was against a very handy looking side of exclusively Pacific Islanders, who were comfortably winning every game. Wyvern spoke before the game of maintaining the defensive shape and not getting drawn into unnecessary tackles. This paid dividends with Wyvern forcing a mistake and Josh Perrin capitalising for his seventh and final try of the day and Tom Stanley slotted the extras from near the touchline. Could Wyvern taking the lead be the start of a massive upset? No. The Islanders responded almost immediately and added a further 3 tries and a score line that probably reflected the game, but largely unfair of the defensive efforts by Wyvern. George Taylor seemed to particularly get under their skins and frustration was seen on the touchline with abuse aimed at the referees and his assistants.
The final game of the day saw Wyvern facing a team from Yeovil, who it would be fair to say, enjoyed a protein shake or two. The Yeovil side started fast and scored three quick tries. A Second half fight back was on however, with Connor Crampton bagging two individual tries and Dan Flynn adding another through effective use of an overlap and a turn of pace (but not as quick as Ben Warwicker) to make the score 19-17 in favour of the Yeovil side. After a nervy finish, the ball was sent off the park so the fight back could not quite be completed. Another highlight of this game was seeing Dan Flynn sit occasional Wyvern player John Dicker on his derrière.
Wyvern should have played another game but the opponents had already left, leaving Wyvern in 3rd place out of 7 originally in the group meaning a Sunday Quarter final. George Taylor was probably the surprise package of the day, with a physique that could be argued is not suited to 7’s Rugby, but continually made a nuisance of himself in contact and rucks.
Squad: Josh Perrin (7), Dan Flynn (3), Dylan Jones (2), Connor Crampton (2), Tom Stanley, James Harris, George Taylor, Peter Flook, George Taylors brother (Henry), Andy Perrin.
(Penned by Ben Warwicker)