Wellington, now clear league leaders, made the short trip down to Exeter to take on Wessex last Saturday for their penultimate away game of the season. A very late pitch inspection was required just before KO to make sure the game went ahead, writes Allyn Chetland. Cam Venn & George Hodgson returned to the starting XV with Chris Batts & Will Hinchcliffe taking places on the bench. Tim Jenkinson started at scrum-half and Jason Rowlands replaced Josh Hancock for the final spot on the bench.
It was sticky, heavy and in places flooded pitch which didn’t look good for open attacking rugby. Despite these factors and being spurred on by 40+ past players who braved the weather, Wellington went onto play some excellent rugby especially in the first 20mins of half, dominating all aspects of the game. The weather worsened somewhat at the beginning of match with more rain falling but this did not dampen Wellington attack going who went into half time 24 points to the good via tries from Tyler Hart, Danny Lee, George Hodgson & Alex Davey with Davey converting two of five tries.
Once the resumed Wellington continued in the same vain in the 2nd period as they finished the 1st half – well on top. Wessex had no real response to the pace and continuity that was on display from Wellington, the hosts rarely threatening Wellington line throughout. Danny Lee scored his second of the game, which was converted by Davey, very soon after the interval. Wellington went onto score another three further tries via Hart who scored his second of the match, Lee crossed for his hat trick and Chris Kitto picked up a push over try towards the end of the match. Davey converted three to take the final score to 0-50.
A very pleasing bonus point win in what was again very difficult conditions. The pack was dominant in all phases whilst Wessex had no answer the skill and pace on offer from Wellington three quarters. In better conditions the score could have been far worse. Danny Lee caught the eye with his hat trick of tries with Tyler Hart not far behind but like the previous week the whole squad can be proud of their contribution.
Next week sees Wellington travel to Penzance to take on the Pirates Amateurs for their last, and longest, away league match of the season. The Cornish side are languishing near the regulation zone so once again Wellington will have be prepared for a tough battle as the Pirates try to put some distance between themselves and the 3 teams below them.
Team: R.Marke, J.Dyke, L.Wadham, S.Jordan, C.Venn, C.Kitto, L.Phillips, D.Lee, T.Jenkinson, P.Jarman (c), G,Hodgson, B.Gamlin, N.Pitman, T.Hart, A.Davey, J.Rowlands, W.Hinchcliffe, C.Batts