Tavistock Colts 5 Newton Abbott Colts 5 THIS was the best display of the season against a side that had beaten Tavistock 105-0 early season, when a weak team travelled to Newton Abbott. The forwards kept up an intense physical presence for the whole game and the tackling from all 15 players was outstanding. Despite the wet and muddy conditions, both sides passed and ran the ball wide when the opportunity arose. Tavistock threatened the line several times, going downhill in the first half but the touchdown never came. Some astute territorial kicking from Langdon, McCrea and Smerdon was turned into yardage by winger Braithewaite and scrum half Thompson, following up perfectly to pressure the Abbott full back into mistakes or poor clearances. The ball hardly left the Abbott 22 metre area for the first 20 minutes of the second half and, after disallowed tries by Langdon and Braithewaite, the ball was passed quickly to outside centre Vanstone, who ran through a gap for 20 metres to touch down for an unconverted try. Abbott came back immediately when Tavistock lost their concentration and ran in an unconverted try of their own. Apart from this one break, the threes had executed an almost perfect display of aggressive defence. The score stayed this way until the final whistle, but Tavistock, although happy to avenge their earlier defeat, felt they should have and could have won the game. Skipper Wheatley took the man of the match honours but, in reality, the nine forwards who played deserved it almost as much. If this pack can equal their efforts against Okehampton Colts next week, it promises to be a cracking match.
Avenging Colts could have won
Wednesday 19th January 2005 12:00 am