There is certainly a lot of heart, spirit and strength in depth within the Totnes side this season.They appear to soak up any pressure and bounce back to score tries.
Last Saturday was no exception, when they again found themselves playing away from home at Old Techs in Plymouth.
Even with an injury depleted side, Totnes came away with an exciting and well deserved 36-19 win with scrum half Aaron Bartlett grabbing a hat trick of tries.
Old Techs player Matt Simmonds also scored 3 tries for the home side.
Old Techs are a strong, slick outfit and well respected in Division 1.They are one of the few sides, apart from Tones to win at Dartmouth, so this was never going to be an easy game for the visitors.
Early pressure came from O.Ts with number 10 Paul Ansell controlling the game and keeping Totnes pinned in their own half.However, it was Totnes who scored first, after indiscipline by the O.T forwards, Totnes were awarded a further 10 Mtrs 're back chatting to the referee. Quick ball resulted in scrum half Aaron Bartlett grabbing the opportunity and he glided through the defence to score under the posts.conversion by Jamie Mitchelmore 7-0 Totnes.
O.T came straight back at Totnes and Ansell got his three quarter line moving, allowing Matt Simmonds to score wide out.
Conversion Ansell 7-7
The pressure continued from O.T with the larger and heavier pack winning ball which found number 10 Ansell who passed to Matt Simmonds who went over in the corner.
The last 10 minutes of the game saw the ball being moved by both sides from end to end. TOTNES forwards released quick ball and a pass by number 10 Andy Rive found centre Akey Brakey Percival who bulldozed himself over the line from 25 Mtrs out.
Conversion Mitchelmore 14-12 Totnes.
O.T, not to be out done,released quick ball from their pack.The ball went across the field and found Matt Simmonds who went over for a well taken 3rd try.
Conversion by Ansell 19-12 Old Techs half time.
A half time pep talk by the Totnes coach seemed to do the trick and within 3 minutes saw a twisting touch line run from Aaron Bartlett. A maul was formed and quick release saw centre Akey Brakey Percival forcing himself over the line for his second try.
Conversion by Mitchelmore 19-19.
Totnes took the game to Old Techs and ran the ball whenever possible with Jamie Mitchelmore, Si Parris and Aaron Bartlett causing havoc in the O.Ts defence. Relieving pressure kicks by Andy Rive kept the home side at bay.
Due to indiscipine within the O.Ts side in the second half 3 players at some point of the half received yellow cards.
Again, good combination play between Si Paris and Jamie Mitchelmore, saw Mitchelmore on a bruising run through the O.T defence before being tackled. From the maul, Scrum half Bartlett swept up the ball and scampered over the line for his second try.
The Totnes defence work came into practice and they tackled like demons.number 8 Josh Green, probably the lightest player on the field let by example and tackled everything.The Totnes Forwards now had the upper hand and after a forward drive on the O.T line , James "Razor" Ruddock was on hand to go over for a try.
Conversion Mitchelmore 31-19 Totnes
In the dying minutes of the game with Totnes forward pressure and indiscipline from O.T and after a quick tap by Aaron Bartlett, he raced off under the posts for his third try, whilst O.T players stood and watched him.
Final score Old Techs 19. TOTNES 36 points.
After the final whistle The Totnes Team coach Mark Binnie said,
"Another deserved victory that was built on team spirit and determination.we have developed the ability to soak up pressure and trust in our defence, which allows us to come back strong and score tries. Old Techs had a lot of territory in the opening 20 minutes,but I was confident that we would grow into the game and score tries.
We were a score down at half time, but we kept calm in the face of ill-discipline by our hosts and they didn't score any further points,whilst we ran in several well worked tries.
Special mention must go to Scrum Half Aaron Bartlett who scored a deserved hat trick of tries and to Captain Elliot Browse who led the team well. Full back Jamie Mitchelmore's elusive running troubled Old Techs, whilst two tries from from centre Akey Berkley Percival broke the hearts of Old Tech.
We look forward to a home game next Saturday against a strong Topsham side , who have also started the season well and last Saturday heavily defeated Dartmouth.this will be another tough game for us"
Totnes 2nd string, The Legends lost heavily at home against a younger and fitter Plymouth University side, whilst Totnes RIC Ladies team " The Bluebirds" won their second game of the season against a more experienced side Teignmouth Ladies away from home.
Next Saturday 11th November is The Vice Presidents and club Sponsors buffet and those attending are requested to attend the Borough Park clubhouse at 1pm prompt. The game against Topsham kics off at 2.30pm.
C/O Totnes Rugby Football Club.
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Updated 10:41 - 6 Nov 2017 by Dick Evans