Minehead Barbarians 1sts 72 – 3 Wyvern 1sts
Wyvern travelled to Minehead with the belief of causing an upset against one of the leagues stand out teams, but from the first whistle the Minehead pack asserted their dominance on the game with turn overs and forced penalties, leading to the 1st try in the corner. Following this however Wyvern managed to force an error 25m out, winning the penalty with the worlds fattest goal kicker, Ben Warwicker taking the points.
For those who have played at Minehead, you will know that the field looks like it should be the setting for a ski slope as apposed to a rugby pitch, however to Mineheads credit, they know exactly how to play it and Wyvern struggled to defend up the slope, with most of Mineheads first half scores in the top corner. Minehead led 50-3 at half time and Wyvern were looking at a very long afternoon.
A feature of this Wyvern side however is stubbornness, and despite the first half scoreline they refused to roll over, making Minehead work for their 2nd half scores. Wyvern had opportunities of their own, with Harry Macdonald looking dangerous throughout, nearly putting Connor Crampton away.
Minehead looked a very good outfit and look good to get promoted, so not too much should be made of this result leading into next weeks big game against Wells 2nds at home. Training will be at the Wyvern this week, 7pm start.
Wyvern RFC v Old Bristolians RFC 17/12/16
25-7 Re-match Goes the way of The Wyvern
The previous match involving these two teams ended in a draw at the home ground of Old Bristolians so in some senses both teams knew each other and probably their strengths. Or you would have thought so had it not been for the fact that both teams appeared to have a mix of different personnel this time round.
Recent results have put both in the second half of the table but both have had some good results. What was clear was that the team who had the ref on side and didn’t engage in too much conversation were likely to be the winners. On this occasion the Wyvern triumphed but not just by being nice to the ref!
The early exchanges saw a lot of pressure from Wyvern now playing with a much more restrained and patient approach to proceedings. Within the early part of the match there was a penalty opportunity that went just wide for Wyvern although the next opportunity was duly converted by the club captain Ben Warwicker.
Within the first half the score remained at nil for the visitors whilst Wyvern constructed an excellent and lung bursting run from his own half by Jack Spurway diving in the corner and the ref, dutifully assisted by Mr Kevin Crampton (good to see him return to activity near a rugby field), awarding the first try. The only other score in the first half was another penalty from Ben W.
The reason for the visitors nil score in the first half came down to some excellent defensive work which continued into the second half to keep the visitors at a score of only one try and a conversion. The scramble defence in the top corner in the first half was first class and there were more than a couple of times when Josh Perrin raced back to make try saving tackles before the cavalry arrived.
In the end two more converted tries by Paul ‘Rougerie’ Wilson and Ian Scovell with captain Ben Warwicker converting the tries ensured the points stayed with the Wyvern keeping them at the same level they ended last season. The next two games, away to Minehead Barbarians and home to Wells are likely to set the stall for the second half of the season and show the progress made by this ever developing side.
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.