Ivybridge RFC

Ivybridge RFC

Ivybridge Keep Clean Sheet

by Stephanie Newman

Ivybridge 44 - 0 Tiverton

After last weeks win by 1 point at St Ives it was a team with more confidence that went into Saturday’s game versus Tiverton. Coach Paul Setter was pleased to be able to welcome back brothers Rory and Joel Wakeling and Steve Atkinson, which helps to relieve the loss of son Cam Setter and ex colt Jordan Anderton who have both gone off to University. Reece Adams is also out for the next couple of months after breaking his arm in a fall. Setter also added some experience to the bench Kelvin Trent cover for the front row and returnee from Afghanistan Scott Puleston. Setter also had to make an emergency replacement when Josh Perkin was unable to play and colt Charlie Briant switched from the colts.
Ivybridge started well, soaking up Tiverton’s attacks but on 8 minutes the visitors gave a way a penalty the greens 22 which Luke Martell kicked deep and from the resulting lineout Matt Lamont broke through and scored under the posts. Martell added the conversion.
From the restart Tiverton were on the attack again but Ivybridge’s defence stood firm, once again Martell kicked deep to relieve the pressure on his team. Joel Wakeling receieved he ball from the scrum and scampered through several Tiverton players attempted tackles to scored under the posts. Martell again added the extras.
With 22 minutes gone Martell added another 3 points from a penalty awarded when Tiverton infringed. Despite Tiverton continuing to attack they could not break down the solid Ivybridge defence and two more tries came the home side’s way when Ian Davies took a long ball out on the wing and dived over. Then just on half time Steve Atkinson jinked his way through and Martell again added the conversion. Leaving the half time score 29 – 0
Tiverton were forced to make changes at half time bringing on two replacements but they continued in the same frame as the first half, playing good open running rugby. They maybe thought that with the pace of the game the home side would start to flag but pleasing for the Ivybridge coaches this never happened.
On 62 minutes Ivybridge made their first replacements, Newman coming on at scrum half for Tim Walker. He was quickly into the action, Mike Cox picked the ball from the base of the scrum and passed to Newman who burst up the touch line to score in the corner. Shortly after this Kelvin Trent replaced prop Tom Williams. Scott Puleston received a huge cheer from the crowd when he jogged on to replace second row Richard Young.
Ivybridge were rampant and even though when they could Tiverton kept running at them they could find now way through the solid green defence. At the 34 minute mark with the greens on the attack, Newman unselfishly passed the ball to a flying Joel Wakeling who made certain of his second try. Steve Atkinson’s with conversion attempt hitting the post and bouncing back into the field of play.
In the dying minutes colt Charlie Briant finished off in fine style, picking up a loose ball and sprinting away from the Tiverton defence. Briant has a fantastic game making huge tackles and was like a terrior in the Tiverton players faces, he fully deserved the Man of The Match Award.
Final Score 44 – 0
Tries – Lamont, Wakeling(2), Davies, Atkinson, Newman, Briant.
Cons – Martell 3. Pens – Martell 1

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