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RUGBY: Wiveliscombe fight back for losing bonus point
6:31pm Tuesday 31st January 2012 in Wiveliscombe RFC
Wiveliscombe, as is the norm these days, travelled to Old Redcliffians 2nds with a much-changed line up and found themselves trailing 39-0 to the league leaders early in the second half.
But to their credit they fought back for a final score of 24-47 and a losing bonus point.
Old Reds totally dominated the first half with their larger forwards winning good possession for the talented backs.
They crossed for five tries, No 8 Chris Lane, who had a fine all round game scoring two while Lewis Beer, Paul Todd and Dave Jones notched one apiece.
Beer and Todd crossed for their second tries early in the second period to leave Wivey with the prospect of a massive defeat.
But Wivey threw caution to the wind and started to trouble the home defence.
Full back Easton Harris finished a great move to score a good try and fly half George Rowe.
Confidence grew and Wivey scored another two tries within 15minutes.
Right wing Dan Twose finished off a carbon copy of Wivey’s first to go over in the corner.
The visitors’ third was the best try of the game. Reds kicked to put Wivey feet from their line near the corner flag. Easton Harris and winger Jacob Ayres conspired to put Tom Chaffey away, punting over the advancing Reds to collect the ball and out-pace the home defence.
Dave Jones hit back for the Reds with his second try and Nick Purcell kicked a penalty to put Reds 47-17 up.
Wivey had the last say, skipper Tom Chaffey collecting a lose kick to run in for his second of the game to gain Wivey a losing bonus point.
Wivesliscombe 2nds 34 Bridgwater 3rds 17 Wivey won this Somerset two league game comfortably scoring six tries in the process.
No8 Phil Hayes was the star for the home side crossing the line four times.
Pete Lizemore and Matt Page scored Wiveys other two tries while Ross Porter converted two.
Wiveliscombe Colts 57 Burnham-on-Sea Colts 17 Wivey’s under 18s had the perfect warm up for their national colts cup match against Oxford at the Rec on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
The scored nine tries with Andrew Heard crossing for a hat trick. Other scorers were James Wyke (2), Dale Courtney, Sam Verco, James Anthony and Rob Rawson who converted six.