Taunton Vets 58 - 12 Wellington Vets
The Vets enjoyed a wonderful friendly against Welly, the game was played with a hint to the past and referee Neil Daniel was happy to let the players scramble about on the floor, a great quote during the match was " i can only give what i see " but he was spotted watching a heron fly overhead whilst a ruck was being contested.
The Taunton pack were solid in the scrum, James Dean took a couple against the head but he did have an armchair ride with props Steve Frost and Vince Carrington suppling the balast. Second rows Ross Seaton and Mike Perry were working hard to shunt the pack forward. In the loose the back row turned over alot of ball, Rob Cooling and Paul Ford carried alot of loose ball and made line breaks with some mazy running. At the base of the scrum Lee Stanley was again faultless and made it an easy day for scrum half Neil Symons, you can see the quality of the former national league player ( so he said!! ).
The back line inlcuded some former Taunton great, Moses Tuisawau, Chris Hurley, Chris Dennehy, James Marney, Tom Heard, Ian Brewer and Lee Terry had a field day out wide, Moses caused the Welly defence all kinds of trouble with typical Fijian running lines.
Ian Brewer at the back ran the ball back well as did Tom Heard, they either scored or set up some phases for the pack to carry on. Lee Terry turned back the years with a huge barnstorming run, a cut back inside swatting defenders off left right and centre showed a glimse of the former 1st team captain.
Hooker Dean scored a great try after finishing of a move started by Steve Frost, Dennehy powered over for a couple. Moses scored plenty and was knocking conversions over from the touchline.
Welly stuck at it and were rewarded with a brace of tries, they were very competitive in the rucks and mauls and never gaveup until the final whistle.
A very enjoyable match and a big thanks to all who took part.
After the match Lee Stanley quoted " im thinking of training with the Titans next year "
Nathan Bleeks also quoted " i broke my record today, i gave away a penalty within 3 seconds of coming on, thats got to be a record "
Updated 10:27 - 17 Apr 2017 by Neil Symons