22/10/2016 – Score: 48-18
Maybe it was the week and a half break or maybe the guys in the first team just decided to take control of the season and own this match. In any event the afternoon turned out to be almost a reverse of the match with Wellington.
Castle Cary may be at the wrong end of the table but they certainly showed they were not willing to roll over without a fight. Crucially on this occasion Wyvern were up to the task in hand. The line speed was excellent and the support well executed in most parts of the game. At times Wyvern appeared to be nervous particularly at first receiver but with encouragement from team mates slowly Wyvern started to take control. Particularly pleasing was the way that Wyvern attacked in defence, spurred on by another excellent performance from MOM Jake Foster.
In most areas apart from the lineout Wyvern made ground, particularly again off of a very good scrum which never looked like going backwards any time in the afternoon. For long periods of the match Wyvern were very much in control although sometimes they seemed to be a little in-patient meaning opportunities went begging. Despite that in almost every situation though they put the matter right and made good use of their territory.
In the end the back line, led very well by captain of the day Josh Perrin and the work from the forwards were too much for the visitors who never gave up even to the last whistle. Tries from Josh Perrin (2), Mark ‘Evs’ Evans (3) and Paul Wilson (Rougerie) gave the Wyvern a much needed lift to kick start their season. Four of the tries were converted by Tom Bennett with an interesting missed conversion looking like the ball was being used knock down the visitors stood on the line.
All in all a consummate performance from Wyvern and if they take that belief and execution into the rest of the season they will do very well.
Wells 71 – 15 Wyvern
It was always going to be a tough ask to get a good result away to Wells with a limited squad available and so it proved to be. 16 travelled to Wells including a couple of last minute call-ups for which the rest of the squad were very grateful. Unfortunately Wyvern started the game poorly like ‘rabbits in headlights’ of which the home team took full advantage.
In fact it wasn’t until Wells were 3 tries to the good before Wyvern decided they wanted to make a go of it. Wells were completely dominant throughout most of the game, scoring tries at will, although all it would have taken to make the game evenly competitive would be for the Wyvern to make those all-important tackles.
Wyvern were able to respond through their pack and scrum, with Ben Warwicker getting the credit for the first Wyvern try as a result of an excellent scrum push over try. There were periods of belief amongst the Wyvern ranks and at times the offload and support game in attack proved very effective. At half time it was Wells 39-Wyvern 5.
The second half brought more of the same although Wyvern were able to add two more tries through Ben Warwicker and Mark Evans, but were unable to find the 4th to gain a bonus point.
It’s difficult to identify too many positives overall but what is evident is the spirit and never say die attitude that is starting to creep into the Wyvern psyche. Credit must go to the guys who travelled and even though Wyvern was somewhat under strength they stuck at the task in hand ensuring 5 points were not lost through cancellation. Wyverns scrum was again strong and looks like it could develop into a useful weapon through the season.
Training will now be on Wednesday nights at 7pm at the Conquest horse-riding centre. Current faces expected, new faces most welcome.
Wyvern 0 – Minehead 55
One suspects if you were not aware of the history of the two teams battling in Somerset League 1 at Wyvern RFC on Saturday you would not understand the significance of the nil all score for the first twenty minutes.
One of those sides not so long ago graced South West 1 whilst the other team only 3-4 seasons ago were in Somerset 3. With that in mind this was always going to be a gigantic step for Wyvern RFC.
The final score of 0-55 did not reflect the game in any way. Wyvern were in reality up against a very well drilled Minehead firsts who kept their heads and clearly stuck to their game plan. As expected the Minehead pack were just that little bit quicker to the breakdown, just that little bit more robust in the contact area.
For long periods of the match Wyvern tackled heroically with Man of the Match Jake Foster in particular getting through an immense amount of work in both defence and attack. Despite some of the players being out of position, such was at the support amongst the squad that all positions were covered exceptionally well and credit must go to the players who stepped up to the mark in the heat of battle to deliver a commendable performance.
In reality not all of the Minehead tries can be chalked up as a result of either Wyvern losing focus or Minehead brilliance although it is fair to say that Minehead made more of the opportunities presented to them than Wyvern did. One never likes to disagree with the officiating but on this occasion it might be suggested it helped Minehead more than Wyvern on a few occasions.
In the end Minehead were the deserved winners but Wyvern can take a lot of positives from the 3 matches they have played thus far and if they stay focused on the season plan should comfortably compete in a very difficult league aiming for at least mid-table. In context that’s quite a feat for a social team that only entered league rugby 6 seasons ago. Well done to Minehead who are sure to be in the top of the league group come the season finale. Onwards and upwards for the Wyvern with their next trip to newly promoted Wells.