And were off, 1st game results
Totnes VS Dartmouth (H) 08.09.2018
New season, and a new set up for Totnes RFC! New management, New coaches and a New mindset!
Saturday 8th September saw a early start for all officials at Totnes RFC. Chairman Bunny JT Williams said "This seasons run up has already seen some exciting changes and these will continue throughout. Our 1sts today showcase our new club kit, and they are all excited to be starting the season with our local derby, we have a strong team and I am certainly confident of a strong game today."
Stood pitch side awaiting the game to begin, suddenly a roaring applause, cheering and clapping of hands for the sea of royal blue emerging from the changing rooms. Totnes RFC ran on to the pitch in their new Kit, Royal blue with paint brush stripes of white and a flash of red. They displayed unity and Team values from the get go.
Totnes began the league (Devon one) with a home fixture against their local rivals Dartmouth this Saturday 8th September 2018.
The visitors kicked off and Totnes quickly secured the ball and went through a couple of phases with the forwards.
Quick ball from scrum half Aaron Bartlett (sponsored by: Steve Hamilton) gave the Totnes stand off that gave Scott Hingston (Sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) his first touch.
Scott Hingston (sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) then set his backs off with a pass which then lead to a break.
The Totnes attack was halted just inside the visitors 22.
Following a ruck, Dartmouth were penalised, and fly half Scott Hingston ( sponsored by Staggs Estate agents) kick the penalty.
The Dartmouth forwards came back with some hard straight running and aggressive rucking resulting in a forwards try Totnes 3 Dartmouth 5,
The game settled down and both teams played some good rugby!
Dartmouth's forwards started to take control and supplied a good platform for their backs resulting in another try for Dartmouth.
Totnes were working well, Then Jamie Mitchelmore ( Sponsored By: Redpost Equestrian) the Totnes full back was running the ball deep into
the visitors half, then was stopped short of the line and the forwards rucked hard with quick ball and quick hands.
Totnes then scored on the other side of the pitch, James Ruddock, Totnes hooker (sponsored by: Cattlemans) then touched down , following Scott Hingston (sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) kicking the conversion.
Totnes defended well for the remaining of the half, any ball Totnes got they attacked with their electric backs putting pressure on the visitors defence out wide.
Totnes were awarded a penalty and with the last kick of the half Scott Hingston ( sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) sailed the ball through the uprights.
At this point the score stood at Totnes 10 Dartmouth 10
The second half was an even affair with both teams where spinning the ball wide.
Totnes forwards got more into the game and were more aggressive putting pressure on the Dartmouth defence winning a penalty which Scott Hingston ( sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) slotted.
Dartmouth scored a well taken try late in the game
Final score Totnes 13 Dartmouth 15
Totnes coach Gary Harries said "what a game of Rugby, it was a game that could have gone either way."
Man of the match went to fly half Scott Hingston (sponsored by: Staggs estate agents) Elliott Browse Totnes RFC captain ( sponsored by: Stephen James Hunt finance) said " Scott tackled, distributed and kicked well all game! in true sportsmanship and testament to Scott's character, Scott also asked for his opponents feedback. He is a gent of the sport and an ambassador for the core values of rugby"
We have a great bunch of lads and we're already looking forward to the rest of the season!
COME ON TOTS ...... #UTV #UPTHEVILLAGE