Injuries & un-availabilities meant Wellington having to make numerous changes from the previous week, writes Allyn Chetland. Ryan Marke, Lee Wadham, James Weeks, Jack Churchill, Brad Field & Nev Pitman all being unavailable resulting in Alex Davey, Harry Ramsay, Harry Tredwin, Jason Rowlands & Chris Batts coming into the match day squad with Danny Lee, Chris Kitto & Josh Hancock switching playing positions. Rowlands & Batts made their 1st XV debuts.
Playing up the slope in the first half Wellington more than held their own against a home side brimming with confidence. Wellington weathered the early storm and put together some fine attacking plays showing good continuity between the backs and the forwards. Winger George Hodgson had a try disallowed after it was adjudged he lost the race to the ball after a chip ahead by centre Ben Gamlin.
Poor tackling by Wellington saw the hosts take the lead via an un-converted try. Fullback Alex Davey kept Wellington in touch with a well taken penalty and another penalty by Davey 2 mins before the end of the half saw Thee R&B take the lead 5-6. With end of the half fast approaching it looked like Wellington were going to take a 5-6 lead going into half time but in the dying seconds of the half another defence lapse by Wellington saw Penryn cross for a converted try to take a 12-6 lead going into the break.
Playing down the slope Wellington were now full of confidence, however this confidence was dented unfortunately 5 minutes into the half when another missed one on one tackle saw Penryn further extend their lead via a converted try. Wellington re-grouped and reduced Penryn’s lead via another Davey penalty 19 – 9 and then had a try disallowed for a forward pass after an attacking lineout. With 10 mins remaining Wellington once again found themselves deep in Penryn’s territory, Chris Kitto crashed over for a superb driving maul try following a lineout, Davey was just wide with the conversion from wide out. The final minutes of the half was a frantic affair with Wellington trying their utmost to get the try that would have secured victory but despite their best efforts it was not to be. Final score 19-14 to Penryn.
A frustrating losing bonus point afternoon for The R&Bs, three defensive lapses cost the team dear. However, Wellington did create enough chances themselves and if these chances had been taken they would have come away with the spoils. Danny Lee, playing out of position in the centre, had a fine game, Chris Kitto carried the ball well at No.8 with Rowlands & Batts having fine débuts. Massive credit to the lads that came in, they did themselves proud. This proves the benefits of having good numbers at training and training as one big playing squad.
Team: H.Tredwin, J.Dyke, J.Hancock, R.Walker, H.Ramsay, S.Davy, C.Kitto, L.Phillips, C.Jenkinson, P.Jarman (c), G,Hodgson, B,Gamlin, D.Lee, C.Batts, A.Davey, M.Norman, J,Rowlands, T.Jenkinson