Tavistock Rugby get first home win

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Tavistock opened up their home campaign with a resounding victory over their Cornish opponents.

In tricky conditions, Tavistock captain Schuttkacker opted to have the wind in his favour in the first half. That being said, Tavistock kept the majority of ball in hand and made good in-roads into the Cornish defence.

It took only seven minutes until the ever impressive Mark Friend saw himself shunting past two would be tacklers to go in under the posts for the opening score. Ben Hadfield converted.

Friend doubled the lead ten minutes later when player/coach Kerswill aggravated his opposite number to force a yellow card for the Pirates. In similar fashion, Friend found himself in space to score a well-rounded try. Tavistock continued to dominate set pieces as they had a 100% record at scrums and lineouts.

This dominance saw one of the five debutants, Ash Miller, to go over for a classic forward try. A late Ben Hadfield penalty saw the Moorlanders go in 20-0 in front.

The second half started as the first ended with Hadfield furthering the lead with a simple penalty in front of the uprights.The rest of the half acted as a neat mirror to the first when Friend scored a second half brace to take his match tally to four. The Pirates did make Tavistock work for a lengthy period with the conditions in their favour.

For 15 minutes Tavistock defended their line, Josh Langton ever prominent in the tackle. This continued pressure saw a 13 phase attack from one side of the pitch to the other, resulting in scrum half Jack Glover poaching a try from close range! Next week the 1st and 2nd XV travel to their closest rivals Plymouth Argaum.

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