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Pack power guides Tiverton to big victory

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

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TIVERTON'S forwards proved too strong for visiting Newquay as the hosts ran in nine tries.

The pack claimed six of the tries – two of which were run-ins for Blake Lugg – and scrum-half Jack Sampson dotted down behind a rolling maul.

Chairman of rugby Charlie Burt was delighted with the way his side played and felt they could have won by more than 51-10.

"The forwards were on top throughout. From the early scrums and line-outs it became evident we were going to be too strong for them," he said.

"They never gave up and kept fighting so we had to keep playing. Blake Lugg and Luke Westbrook dominated the line-out and made it difficult for them to even win their own ball.

"The forwards won the game but the backs played well, we ran the ball at every opportunity.

"But for a bit of white line fever, we could have scored even more points. Jimmy Atkins converted three of the nine tries, so that's 12 points that went begging as well as the tries we blew."

Tiverton had the four-try bonus point in the bag by the 25th minute.

Matt Reed, Olly Chanin, Luke Westbrook, Sampson and winger Barney Bell crossed in the first half.

Reed got his second after the break, with Jimmy Atkins and Lugg (2) also crossing the line.

Burt was pleased with the attitude of his players afterwards as they didn't allow the size of the victory go to their heads. He said: "There are still things to work on and the players know that.

"Although we scored so many points, they said in the changing room afterwards we couldn't be complacent and against better sides if we make the same mistakes we would ship some points.

"We need to tighten up around the rucks and make sure we're clinical in our finishing, which we were on Saturday."

A couple of players who missed the win are available to travel to OPM this weekend, including ex-skipper Graham Willis.

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