Lockie Cup semi-final starts on one pitch and finishes on another

Wednesday 20th April 2022 4:33 pm
Seb Cox removes the defender during the semi final of the Lockie Cup. (Chris Hair )

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TAVISTOCK booked their place in tonight’s Lockie Cup final by routing OPM 80-28 in the last four of the Plymouth Combination competition.

Tavistock’s win over OPM started on one pitch and finished on another due to an injury that halted the game.

OPM’s Aaron Trinder suffered a back injury that required a wait for an ambulance to take him to hospital.

Wisely, the game shifted to an adjoining pitch at Sandy Lane and continued to a conclusion.

Trinder was given an MRI scan in hospital in Plymouth and kept in overnight as a precaution.

Other than feeling a little tender in places, he was released with a clean bill of health.

Joel Caddy, the Tavistock coach, said it was inevitable the break in the game disrupted the flow of it.

‘Our rugby in the first half was as good as I have ever seen before it was sadly cut short,’ said Caddy.

‘There were times when the rugby we played was almost scary!

‘OPM probably thought they had a chance, but we blew them away by the speed we played at, the way we carried the ball and the way we kept the ball alive.

‘The second half was played on our back pitch while Aaron was kept safe and comfortable before the ambulance arrived.

‘I must give credit to OPM as they outscored us 28-27 in the second half.’

Man of the moment for Tavistock with five tries was George Hillson.

‘He should have had six but dropped the ball over the line, which only goes to show he is human after all,’ said Caddy.

Waiting for Tavistock in tonight’s final at Devonport Services are Saltash.

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