Following the previous two performances Wyvern need to improve vastly to get a result vs an experience Imperial pack. The performance was much improved with more positives than negatives but errors meant the game just slipped away.
Wyvern started the game quickly with the forwards getting some real momentum in the maul of lineouts, with the first try of the game coming from a lineout, with skipper Ben Warwicker touching down, with what was a try for all of the forwards hard work.
Not long from the restart, Dylan jones mistakenly found himself with space and “raced” in like a pig looking for truffles, to touch down for Wyverns 2nd, again unconverted. Next on the score sheet was Jack Cooper who was quickest to a well placed kick over the top which was again unconverted. At this point Wyvern were in full control of the game at 15-0, with the forwards playing phases and Josh Perrin at 10 dictating in attack.
Imperial responded before halftime with a converted try of their own, before Wyvern played probably some of the best rugby seen at Mountfields Road, with Ben Warwicker collecting the ball on his own try line, beating defenders before offloading to josh Perrin 70m’s out, the ball the travelled through all the backs hands, winning 2 on 1’s, but unfortunately the final pass was judged forward, the only thing that prevented a 100m try. Wyvern led 15-7 at half time but it could of been more with Ben Warwicker scoring on the wrong line and again but the game was bought back due to an off ball incident that saw Josh Perrin yellow carded.
The second half Imperial adjusted the way they were playing the game, keeping the ball tight and got the experience pack rumbling, a penalty and an unconverted try bought the scores level, before a third Imperial try of the day put them ahead. Wyvern responded almost immediately with a well work Dan Abercrombie try on his home debut, securing the crucial try scoring bonus point.
A mistake from a scrum by the skipper led to a 4th Imperial try, followed by a drop goal meant with minutes remaining Imperial led by 10 points. With a minute left Wyvern elected to kick for goal to ensure they finished the game within 7 points to secure another bonus point, but could not control possession from the restart to cause any threat of a draw. Final score 23-30.
Man of the match Owen Rickard had a solid game in the centre, which could be a crucial find having swapped from the back row to help out. Josh Perrin at times controlled the game from 10, particularly in the first half but a shame he picked up a yellow card.
Next week Wyvern face another tough test at home to Crewkerne and will need to improve again to get a result. All in all a positive performance and the two bonus points were a big consolation.
Wyvern travelled to Castle Cary with high hopes of a victory against a team in a similar league position, but lots of errors and a lack of bite meant in a game they felt they should of possibly won, they were comfortably beaten.
Wyvern again started the game slowly, conceding a try early on before they really got themselves into the game, a feature that keeps repeating itself. For the remainder of the first half Wyvern showed a solid defensive performance with some big hits going in, but errors in possession meant Castle Cary kept pressure on the Wyvern defence and were rewarded after the Wyvern back crept offside in front of the posts. 10-0 to the hosts, which stayed the same until half time.
The second half was very much the same as the first; whenever Wyvern got themselves into an attacking position, handling errors or errors at the set piece were made and possession was lost. Castle Cary ran in another 3 tries to get the bonus point win by 27-0. Wyvern never really threatened to score.
Special mentions must go to Paul Wilson, Andy Perrin and Dan Abercrombie who all made their first team debuts, with Paul Wilson standing out for his efforts in defence.
Next up for the 1st team is Imperial which, following two defeats on the bounce is certainly a must win game. Wyvern will have to cut out the simple errors and find a nastiness and ruthlessness to get a result.
Training returns to the Wyvern this Thursday at 6.45 so as some of the problems from this fixture can be addressed.
Wyvern 2nds faced Yatton 3rds at Mountfields Road on Saturday. Yatton arrived late, having been held up in traffic, and then announced they had 14. Thanks to Gary Harding and James Browning for stepping up to help them out.
The match never got exciting, with both sides making far too many mistakes. Each side held their own in the set piece, but not with any dominance. In reality the two teams were evenly matched.
Wyvern scored a good forwards try, with a driving maul crossing… the line and Wayne Wiltshire coming up with the ball. Dan Abercrombie added the two extra.
Later in the half a long kick through by Yatton was followed up and the clearance kick charged down, resulting in a converted try. 7 all at half time.
A few changes at half time, including the introduction of Steve Harris at prop, saw a change in the balance of power in the forwards. Wyvern’s scrum simply drove Yatton off their own ball now and the mauling was reminiscent of watching a train.
Nevertheless it was left to three moments of individualism for Wyvern to win the match. The first was Gavin Farley who intercepted to run in from 35 meters. Matt Shane converted. On 35 minutes it was Farley who picked up a ball off his toes, which meant he ducked the tackler and when he came upright he found a path between the visitors for a 60 meter run to the line; conversion by Dan Abercrombie. With 2 minutes to go Harris gathered a loose ball and simply ran over the defender before him and nearly burst his lungs in the 20 meter chase to the line for the bonus point try, which was unconverted.
The final score of 26 – 7 was probably a little flattering, but Wyvern deserved the points on the day. Grateful thanks to Yatton who made the long trip for the fixture.
In a match with too many penalties and too many mistakes (for both sides) Wyvern should be grateful for the win, with the bonus point literally being a bonus.
No game next week for the 2nds because of the RWC and then the short drive to Wellington 3rds on the 7th November.