Wivey vs Minehead
15 in a row
This week Wiveliscombe 1st XV took to the road to face off against local rivals Minehead Barbarians. The Baba’s made their return to the Somerset Premier this season following their promotion at the end of last year’s campaign. The locals had turned out in force but a large travelling Wivey crowd was also on hand to cheer on the men in red and blue.
The game got underway and it was the home side that capitalised early, scoring downhill in the bottom corner within the first few minutes. Wiveliscombe replied in kind when their backs broke through the Baba’s defence. Hugh Kelly spotted a gap from the back of the ruck and darted round the blindside, down the touchline leaving the home defence for dead to dot down behind the posts, the following conversion calmly converted by Dan Quick. The home side were soon on the attack again and crossed the line on the 20 minute mark. They then went on to kick a penalty shortly after making the score 13-7 and leaving the Wiveliscombe boys under pressure. Wivey needed a response before half time and it would come after a period of sustained pressure in the hosts 22. Big carries drew the Baba’s defence in tight and number 9 Hugh Kelly whipped the ball wide to winger Sam Gibbs who dived over the line in the bottom corner. With the half time whistle sounding shortly after the score for the first 40 was a frustrating 13-12 to the hosts.
At half time the men were acutely aware of what needed to be done in order to win the game and were ready to apply it when the second 40 got underway. The Wivey boy’s now had the slope to their advantage and started to bombard the Minehead defence with good set play and quick counterattacks from the Baba’s clearing kicks. With the pressure mounting the hosts defence was breached when second Row Ross Pearson capitalised off an Alex Westcott pass to cross the whitewash, Dan Quick adding the extras. Minehead would score once again through a scrum on the Wivey 5, however this can be hotly disputed as the entire Baba’s front row was driven to stand up by the Wiveliscombe pack. With the pressure still on and the game hanging in the balance fullback Jake Sharland outpaced the Minehead defence to score in the top corner and extend the Wivey lead to 6 points clear. With time ticking down the hosts threw everything at the visitors but they were incapable of capitalising and the game ended 24-18 to the Wivey boys.
A tough game with a bonus point win on the road sees Wiveliscombe 1st xv keep their place at the top of the league table and maintain their 100% season win rate. A massive thanks to all those who travelled yesterday to support the boys and a massive congratulation to the 2nd xv who defeated top of the table Yeovil to move into 6th place.