EXETER SARRIES 22 NORTH TAWTON 18
EVEN with a few older faces in the side to cover for injuries, North Tawton must have been confident of a good result on the back of the last two wins, but with just seven minutes on the clock they found themselves 12-0 down to a Sarries side that wasn’t going to wait for Tawton to come to the party.
It wasn’t looking good for the Tawts who struggled to get any ball for the first 20 minutes of the game.
Bit by bit the away side started to get into the game, scrum half Jack Phare enjoying more time behind the scrum, which was pretty dominant, pushing the Exeter side back at every opportunity.
A penalty from the boot of Alex Dennis gave the Tawts their first points of the game and the North Tawton side had started to play rugby.
A third try for Sarries just before half-time didn’t help their cause. Half-time score 17-3.
The trend I feel for Tawton to up the game in the second half seemed to continue and it wasn’t long before Bill Sharp went over for a try in the corner, a missed kick and the score now 17-8. Tawts are really back in this.
Substained pressure from the Tawts kept the game deep into the Sarries half, if not in their 22.
Some good play by forwards and backs alike enabled Jack Phare to dive into a gap to score Tawton’s second try with the kick by Alex Dennis.
The away side were now only two behind and looking a lot more comfortable than the home team.
A penalty by Alex Dennis took them into the lead for the first time in the match 17-18, but with still 15 minutes to go the Tawts could not ease up at all as the Sarries threw everything but the sink at them in pursuit of ground and a chance of either a penalty or try.
With only a minute or so to go the home team push over for what was the winning score, making the final score 22-18.
It was hard on North Tawton to lose this game after coming back from 12-0 down but it shows you can’t give the other team a 12 point start and make it easy for yourselves.
Dan Quinn was man of the match for his scrummaging and work around the park.
The next game is at home to Totnes.