Wellington welcomed Hayle to The Athletic Ground last Saturday which was supposed to be league game but was eventually played as a friendly game due to the visitors being unable to field a full XV, writes Allyn Chetland. As a result the starting Hayle XV contained numerous guest players meaning The R&Bs were awarded the win, & the 5 league points before a ball was kicked in anger. The one consolation for the visitors were that they were not deducted league points for honouring the fixture.
Chris Batts replaced the unavailable Ben Gamlin in the starting XV for The R&Bs with Chris Kitto & Alex Johnson taking spots on the bench.
Playing conditions were a vast improvement to the previous week and the game actually started in glorious sunshine; a pleasant change was considering the recent inclement weather experienced of late. The R&Bs started brightly and scored in the opening minutes & this trend continued throughout the whole of the match. The R&Bs went into half time 36 points to the good.
Once the game resumed The R&Bs continued in the same vein in the 2nd period as they finished the 1st half – well on top. Hayle had no real response to the pace and continuity that was on display from The R&Bs, the visitors rarely getting out of their own half. Hayle were reduced to 14 following an injury,
The R&Bs withdrew a player of their own to accommodate this loss to play the game in the correct spirit as friendly games should. However with 65 minutes gone Hayle lost another player to injury and at this point both teams, and the excellent official, decided to call an early halt to proceedings, the final score to 62 – 0 to The R&Bs.
The try scorers were; Will ‘The Vegan’ Hinchcliffe x2, Alex Johnson x2, with Liam Phillips, Corey Jenkinson, Joe Dyke, George Hodgson, Nev Pitman and Captain Patrick Jarman scoring one each. Alex Davey kicked 6 conversions.
Next week sees 4th placed Honiton visit The Athletic Ground for the penultimate league game of the season – The R&Bs will be looking to avenge the controversial first game of the season defeat at the hands of Honiton. However, The R&Bs will need to be on top form to achieve this, Honiton have hit a purple patch of form of late most noticeably beating 3rd placed Saltash in recent weeks so this will certainly be a stern test. For sure the Devon side will be looking forward to doing ‘the double’ over The R&Bs.
Team: J.Rowlands, J.Dyke, L.Wadham, S.Kiddle, R.Walker, W.Hinchcliffe, L.Phillips, D.Lee, T.Jenkinson, P.Jarman (c), C.Jenkinson, G,Hodgson, C.Batts, N.Pitman, C.Batts, A.Davey, J.Hancock, C.Kitto, A.Johnson