MANY POSITIVES FOR WYVERN DESPITE LOSS
Chew Valley 2nds 48 – Wyvern 3
The reality of this match was that had Wyvern applied a little more accuracy in attack and defence the result would have been that much different.
Chew before this match had comprehensively beaten a lot of clubs in this league which is more competitive than some would believe. Although Wyvern only managed a penalty score through Tom Bennett for their efforts they were close on at least two occasions they came very close to scoring tries through well worked forward graft and backline adventure.
Chew were in the end deserved winners but the extent of their handling errors were as much down to a lack of application as well as disruption by Wyvern applying very good line speed and pairing up in the tackle. In relation to defence mention must go to man of the match Toby Holt who worked tirelessly in the centres and at full back.
Throughout the match the Wyvern forwards in particular never gave up and worked well as a pack in both the scrum and around the pitch at the tackle line, keeping Chew out of the try area with tenacity and much bravery. One has to take into account the fact that Wyvern were deplete of many first team members and some players who had not played at this level before. Despite this the team gelled together very quickly providing a stout opposition for a team deservedly in the upper half of the league.
With a little more accuracy in application and a more consistent team Wyvern will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. The term ‘squad’ could not have been more apparent.
Next weeks away match to Yatton is more important than ever.
As we come towards the end of the season there are several events for the diary:
8th April – Former Players Lunch
We look forward to welcoming some of those players from years gone by, to reminisce about past endeavors and to watch the current side in the ‘modern’ Wyvern RFC. Past Players are invited from 1pm for a Curry Lunch (£7 per person including a pint!) with the match kicking off at 3.00pm. Lunch needs to be pre-booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th April – Charity Match – Chairman’s XV vs Club XV – in aid of Think Amy. Kick off 3.00pm.
5th May – End of Season Dinner at the Wyvern – Carvery Meal with pudding at £15 per person. Contact Dave Hughes or email email@example.com to book your place.
OLD HEAD WINS THE DAY
Wyvern 5 – Wellington 2nds 13
The first of these fixtures saw Wellington run out decisive and comprehensive winners at Wellington with the Wyvern simply not at the races. On that day a certain Matt Parsons at 10 for Wellington pretty much ran the show.
Not so on this occasion. The score line really did not reflect the excellence of the game played by both sides. This time Wyvern forwards were always a match for the larger Wellington forwards, holding their own in both scrum and line out.
The first half the score remained at nil for a long time despite some heavy pressure from Wellington. Unfortunately Wyvern did not get off on the best start as debutant Richard ‘Dickie’ Mattravers suffered concussion whilst carrying the ball into 3 of the largest forwards he could find. It was said he was snoring before he hit the floor. Potentially the shortest debut ever for a Wyvern player at 11 minutes.
Unfortunately the Wyvern resistance finally broke with a try going to Wellington near to the end of the first half, converted by Parsons. Thereafter throughout the second half dogged defence from both sides saw the play swing back and forwards, with Wyvern saving the day on many occasions.
A penalty part way through the second half saw Welly move further ahead before some excellent catch and drive from the line out saw Wyvern get over the line with Deano scoring the try on behalf of the forwards. Unfortunately that was not converted and the same pattern of play continued with both sides probing the other as best they could.
In the end it was probably inaccuracies that let Wyvern down at crucial points in the game although they are now getting much less than before. There was yet a cruel blow to be dealt by Welly when in the dying seconds they slotted a well taken drop goal to prevent Wyvern picking up a much deserved losing bonus point. So near, yet so far……….
Overall a much improved performance from Wyvern showing just what they are capable of. With the addition of some recent higher level players the future for the Wyvern continues to strengthen in a very tough league.