Threes provide the magic in Tiverton win
CHARLIE Burt praised the performance of Tiverton's three-quarters after they put in a dominant display to help their side to a bonus -point victory against OPM on Saturday.
Tivvy raced into 26-3 lead by half-time and, although their second-half display fell away slightly, Burt was delighted with the scorline.
"It was a good win," he said. "We put in a good performance on a pretty sticky pitch, I think both sides found it difficult, but we managed to get going in the first half especially.
"The forwards had quite a bit of control in most areas right throughout the first half and that gave us platform to mount quite a lot of three-quarter attacks.
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"The threes were totally dominant with the ball in hand, which we haven't all season really. The threes have played well, but in this game they showed what they could do when they get good ball."
Tiverton took the lead after three minutes when the forwards drove up towards the OPM 22 before the ball was spun out wide for Sam Smith to score a try converted by Jimmy Atkins. Five minutes later it was 12-0 as Matt Hague was held up just short of the line, but got the ball out for Henry Frankpitt to cross over in the corner.
Smith then added a third try, by selling a dummy to cross under the posts. Good work from Jeff Robertson then set up Frankpitt with his second try of the match just before the break to seal the bonus-point win.
Wayne Broomfield added a fifth try shortly after the break and although they were unable to add to the scoreline after that, Burt said it was a good display ahead of a showdown with fourth-placed Saltash this weekend.
"It was a good performance from the lads, because after a week's absence again due to the weather they came out firing and 33 points was a good target for us." said Burt on Tivvy's second half display.
"We will need to be on top form against Saltash, who are one place below us. They are not going to be an easy side as they have got a good set forwards and backs and we will need to be on our mettle to compete with them.
"Having said that though, we ought to be looking at going down there and getting a result because we have been playing well."
Tiverton seconds bounced back to winning ways by beating Devonport Sevices 23-19 at home.
Tivvy started strongly with Callum Stone kicking three penalties to put them into a lead they never surrendered.
Stone also had two conversions from tries by Ollie King and Leighton Freeman.