Ilfracombe claim 'moral victory' after Tamar Saracens defeat
ILFRACOMBE were claiming a moral victory after losing 8-0 at Tamar Saracens, having played the majority of the Tribute Devon Two match with 14 men.
The visitors were mystified by the referee's decision in the first half to send off Harrison Perrin, their hooker.
But they stayed in the game and it was only from the last play, when Ilfracombe were down to 13 men because of a yellow card, that Tamar scored a try.
Leo Cooper, the Ilfracombe forward, said: "We did unbelievably well to stay in it and put everything we had into the game. We will call it a moral victory."
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Perrin and an opponent were picked out for fighting but the home player was only sent to the sin bin.
Cooper, who had to step up to the front row to take Perrin's place, said: "The referee said he saw them both swinging punches in the mêlée.
"I don't know why one was a red card and the other wasn't. It wasn't made clear to us, we were mystified.
"We were 3-0 down at the time but were getting on top, particularly at scrum time. It made a massive difference (to the game)."
Ilfracombe also thought a Tamar player was fortunate to only be yellow-carded when he was penalised for stamping on Jay O'Beirne.
Jake Thompson spent the last ten minutes in the sin bin for not retreating at a penalty and, while Ilfracombe were two men short, Tamar wing Sam Parker crossed for a try in the corner.
"We defended really well but, from the last play, they scored through sheer weight of numbers," said Cooper.
"Everyone involved in that game should hold their heads high.
"The boys put everything into it defensively and deserved to come out of the game with something.
"I hate to moan about a ref because it's a tough job but that was the position we were in."