Wellington made the relatively short journey into Devon last Saturday – for only their third match in 2018. Having beaten the top two sides in the last two games the R&Bs were keen to capitalise on these victories with an away win, writes Allyn Chetland. The R&Bs made two changes from the side that took the field in the last outing, Ben Gamlin replaced George Hodgson in the centre whilst Tim Jenkinson started at scrum half with Corey Jenkinson moving to the bench.
Playing up the substantial slope, on sticky and heavy surface, in the first half the R&Bs were soon on the attack and had numerous opportunities to cross the hosts line but were denied by tenacious defence. With the majority of possession and territory in their favour the R&Bs pressure eventually told with Nev Pitman and Danny Lee crossing for excellent tries with Alex Davey converting both to go into the halftime break 14 points to the good.
With elements now in their favour The R&Bs increased the intensity to score the two more tries needed for a bonus point just in case the official had to call a halt to proceedings. The R&Bs went straight onto the attack and their efforts were rewarded with tries from Chris Batts and Captian Patrick Jarman both of which were converted by Davey within the opening 10 minutes of the half. The R&Bs went onto score further tries via Tyler Hart & Joe Dyke with Davey converting one to further extend their lead before Tavistock scored a converted consolation try in the final minute of the game which was no more than their efforts throughout the game deserved.
The day’s objective was a bonus point win and this was achieved without hitting top gear which is understandable due to the lack of rugby so far this year. Regan Walker was the stand out player for the R&Bs whilst Davey again had a fine game at fullback but again an excellent all round squad effort.
Next week is a busy weekend for the R&Bs. On the Saturday they welcome Plymouth Arguam in a re-arranged league game and on the Sunday they host Combe Down in a Somerset Vase Quarter final clash – both matches are a 2.30 KO. The R&Bs will look to continue their winning league form but the challenge that will be on offer from The Arguam should not be under estimated in any way. Combe Down will be an unknown quantity but like the R&Bs they are currently challenging for honours in the equivalent league to The R&Bs in the Bath area so it should be classic cup encounter.
Team: R.Marke, J.Dyke, L.Wadham, R.Walker, C.Venn, L.Phillips, D.Lee, C.Kitto, T.Jenkinson, P.Jarman(C), N.Pitman, B,Gamlin, C.Batts, T.Hart, A.Davey, J.Hancock, C.Jenkinson, M.Walker