TIVERTON'S chairman of rugby Charlie Burt blamed player ill-discipline for his side's failure to beat Hayle at home in the Cornwall and Devon League on Saturday.
Tivvy were leading 18-6 going into the final 15 minutes of the match, but were put under pressure when Joe Sully and Rob Plume were yellow carded. Then after conceding a penalty try, Hayle came back into the match and scored a try out wide to level the scores.
Thankfully for Tivvy the conversion was missed, but Burt admitted his players were not happy with a draw at the end of the match.
"It would have been an absolute travesty had they (Hayle) got a win out of it," he said. "As a side they (Tiverton) were very disappointed about having drawn the game.
"We should have won it quite easily, but we didn't because of our own stupid mistakes. We kept on infringing. The referee was penalising us and we didn't seem to take any notice. And it cost us in that last 15 minutes, because at one point we were down to 13 men."
Tivvy started the match well as Sully crossed for an early try that was converted by Callum Stone.
James Morrison then added a second try for the home side following a good catch-and-drive move from a line-out.
However, Tivvy let Hayle back into the match at half-time by giving them two penalties that Martin Strick converted.
Tivvy looked to have won the match though when Stone added two penalties of his own in the second half to give them a 12-point lead going into the final 15 minutes.
However, then followed the yellow cards, the penalty try and the late score from Hayle's Rob Goodman.
"When you put yourselves in a position where you are one down at the scrum then you are going to experience problems," said Burt. "It was the fact that we gave away so many penalties. The first half we didn't because we were dominant, but as they came back into the game we started giving penalties away. They were nearly all around the ruck."
"The more penalties he (the referee) gave away, the more ill-discipline there was. Answering back to the referee and getting put back ten yards.
"It cost us the game and they (the players) knew it afterwards when we had a chat in the changing room. We should have had four points instead of two."
Tiverton face Wessex on Saturday and Burt is hoping the players can learn from their mistakes on Saturday.
"We have got to prepare for next week and make sure our ill-discipline is transferred to playing good rugby and not answering back to the referee.
"They (Wessex) are either bottom or near bottom of the league but you never know in games, especially in this league. We have just got to put in a performance again and if we do I think we can win and get four points and a bonus, but the players have got to realise that ill-discipline is going to cost them even against a side like Wessex."