Wivey vs Old Reds
16 in a row
Wiveliscombe’s 1st XV welcomed Old Reds to the Rec on Saturday as the men in red and blue aimed to further cement their position at the top of the table. Conditions were good and the boys wanted to fully capitalize on the chance to put in a strong performance in front of large home crowd.
The game got underway and it was clear from the outset that the visiting side had come to Wiveliscombe with intent. Both teams really went for each other in the opening minutes as big carries and hard tackles were exchanged. Wivey had their work cut out playing up the famous recreational ground slope against a strong counter attacking team is never easy but the men knew what had to be done. The 1st try came off the back of a set piece when Captain Will Ellis crashed the ball up off the top of a lineout. Hooker Tom Stone wrapped into the 10 channel and released second row Ross Pearson through a gap in the defence to run in from 20 meters out, full back Dan Quick converting. Wivey kept the pressure on but the visiting side were hard to break down, bringing themselves back into contention with a penalty to make it 7-3. Wiveliscombe continued to probe into the Old Reds 22 and came close only to knock on at the visitor’s 5 meter line. The pack took this as an opportunity to show their prowess in the scrum and successfully pushed the Reds off their own put in for number 9 Hugh Kelly to pounce over for the hosts 2nd, the conversion narrowly missing. This concluded the 1st 40 as the Wivey boys controlled the end of the half while the clock ran dead.
The team talk was frank as always, work was still to be done and there was only one way to come out on top and that was by constant effort. The second half started and again it was Wiveliscombe on top, forcing the hosts to concede a penalty 10 meters out. Wivey elected to use one of their set plays and Loose head Matt Ellis crashed over for the host 3rd of the day, Quick adding the extras. Matt was soon back at the forefront as he carried the ball to within a meter of the visitors try line, holding it up for second row Ross Pearson to take it from his hip to dot down for Wivey’s 4th, Quicks boot again proving accurate. The visitors then replied with a try of their own, breaking Wiveliscombe down and eventually scoring a converted try under the posts. The game at this point was far from over and the ferocity of the contact both teams were putting in lead to many tired bodies on the field. One man who didn’t seem to struggle with energy was winger Rich Wyke, returning from injury he applied the afterburners from the halfway to score Wivey’s 5th in the bottom left corner of the park. The Old Reds defence was breached again 10 minutes from time when number 10 Alex Westcott showed his power as he squeezed himself into the bottom left corner following some slick play from the backs, Quick again adding the extras with a deflection off the upright. With time running out the visitors became pinned down in their own 22, conceding a penalty just before the end of the second 40. Wivey kicking for the corner set a driving maul form the ensuing lineout only to be stopped short but retaining possession. The ball was then spun out wide and for several phases pin balled back and forth as the visiting defence put together a last act of defiance. Centre Ted Keay moved into the 10 channel and fed second row Ross Pearson the ball to cross over for his 3rd and Wiveliscombe’s 7th, Quick again converting as the clock went dead.
Saturday produced another powerful 1st XV performance as they maintained their 100% win record for the 2017/18 season making it 6 from 6 with every win coming with an added try bonus point. Equally impressive is the fact the Wivey boys have now gone 16 games unbeaten if last season’s results are also taken into account. The 2nd XV continue to impress too after another strong performance on the road taking them up to 4th position with 4 back to back wins.
Hugh Kelly x1
Matt Ellis x1
Alex Westcott x1
Rich Wyke x1
Ross Pearson x3
Dan Quick x 5 conversions