Spirts were high for this trip to the English Riviera, writes Allyn Chetland. Unfortunately for Wellington it was not meant to be. The hosts started well and exploiting a loose clearance kick to score wide out to take the lead within the first five minutes.
Wellington slowly started to get into the game and soon scored a try by Jamie Hayman who easily outpaced his opposite number after an outstanding attack involving the whole of Wellington three-quarters.
The game at this point become very fractious with hosts employing questionable tactics, especially up front, to knock Wellington out of their stride. Numerous off the ball incidents went unpunished by the referee and very soon a cowardly act of foul play by Torquay’s second row marred the game.
A blind side punch once again went unnoticed by the official, as a result Wellington s Jack Woodland had to leave the field for treatment and a subsequent visit to the local hospital for further tests. No action was taken against the instigator. This incident definitely had the desired effect on Wellington who went on to conceded two further tries, one of which was converted, to make the score 17-5 at halftime.
The start of the second half was very similar to the 1st with Torquay starting well and once again scored an early unconverted try to extend their lead to 22-5 whilst Wellington were still smarting from the injustice of that 1st half incident. Wellington now started to chase the game and as a result the half was error strewn with desperate attempts to get back on terms.
However, to their credit, Wellington never gave up and continued to press to the end. These efforts were rewarded when Ben Hayman, who came on for Woodland, crashed over underneath the posts for a consolation try in the dying minutes. Fullback Tom Hawkings added the extra 2 to make the final score 22-12 to the hosts.
This result sees Wellington continuing to prop up the league with five games remaining starting with Bude this coming weekend. Bude are in similar position to Wellington and this really is a game Wellington really need to win if they are to avoid the dreaded drop.
A plus point is that Chris Kitto should be available for selection after missing the last few games due a groin injury but injuries to Ryan Marke, Jamie Hayman, George Hodgson and of the course the unfortunate Woodland are concerns going forward into this match. KO for this match is 2.30 – the lads would appreciate strong support for this encounter.