Following the tough game against Exeter Uni last weekend Chiefs were looking forward to taking on another top five team, writes Allyn Chetland. Lee Wadham, Jamie Hayman & George Hodgson all returned to the starting line-up, Joe Dyke moved from hooker to second row in place of the injured Chris Kitto with Marcus Westcott moving into the hooker slot.
The first half was definitely one to forget for Wellington, it was by far the worst 40 mins of the season. Their play was blighted with numerous errors, penalties, missed tackles, poor basic skills & generally poor play all round. As result they found themselves 22 points adrift at half time.
22 points down at the break Wellington needed to improve dramatically and indeed the second half was a different story for Wellington who started to play with renewed purpose, energy and passion. These efforts were soon rewarded when replacement George Hooper crashed over after a fine break by flanker Liam Philips. Fullback Tom Hawkings made no mistake with the extra points.
Buoyed by this score Wellington soon went on the attack again, these efforts were once again rewarded when winger Jamie Hayman outpaced his opposite number to collect a cross field kick to score wide out, unfortunately the extra points could not be taken. Wadebridge were now visibly rattled and were struggling to contain Wellington attacking onslaught. An outstanding break by flanker Jack Woodland saw his team once again camped deep into Wadebridge’s territory, a try looked a certainty but unfortunately the ball was agonisingly lost forward over the line.
A superb break out from within their 22m saw another promising attack from Wellington but with one defender to beat this attack petered out after a poor pass and the last meaningful chance to get at least a losing bonus point was lost. In the dying minutes of the game visitors were successful with a penalty to increase their lead to 12-25, there was no further scoring chances for either side and the score remained the same until the final whistle.
Definitely a game of two halves for Wellington who can take many positives from their second half performance but ultimately they left themselves with too much to do after the poor first half. Joe Dyke playing in the unusual position of second row was outstanding throughout whilst George Hodgson had a decent game at centre.
There is no game for the 1st XV this coming Saturday 25th Feb, however the 2nd XV entertains their Chew Valley counter parts in a re-arranged league fixture – KO 2.30 – the lads would appreciate the support.