Brixham Crusaders take Crediton down to the wire
Practice and practice does not make perfect but it does make better
Match report by John Yersin
This game was played on a dry and sunny day. It proved to be a very entertaining match with excellent efforts from both sides. As a partisan supporter the result did not go our way even though we dominated play in all areas except the set scrums where we were always under severe pressure from the larger Crediton pack.
My apologies in advance for not getting all the names of the try, conversion and penalty scorers.
However let me give credit to our outsides who, with ball in hand always looked dangerous and were on numerous occasions. Also to the forwards who played really well in the loose, both in attack and defence.
After 5mins Joel made the break to put Connor away under the posts. This was easily converted by Jan, who had an outstanding afternoon with his boot converting tries and conversions from all angles and distances. During open play Crediton were awarded several scrummages and really pushed us around the park, although we scored a second try wide out after a flowing move from the outsides which was excellently converted. 14-0
Crediton then scored a try from a Brixham mix up 14-5. On the restart play swung from one end to the other before Crediton exerted extreme pressure on us in front of the posts and eventually won the penalty. Elected to take a scrummage and scored from this. Converted 14-12
Rubbin was then fed quickly and made a superb break that took him past the first defender and a further three tackles. Scored under the posts and Jan duly converted 21-10
There was then a moment of inexperience from Brixham where the ball was kicked dead when there was no pressure from Crediton and it would have been easy to kick for touch. This resulted in a 5m scrum. Crediton scored again. From a push over. No conversion 21-15.
There was then a period of Brixham pressure with the forwards taking the ball on in several phases. The ball was then whipped out to the backs where No 8 Callum found himself in the middle of the line and took a great pass to drive over the line wide out. Jan again took the kicking points 28-15. This was the half time score. It was a score that reflected the play but there were the ominous signs that Crediton would utilise their scrummaging superiority in the second half.
Early in this half Crediton were awarded a penalty 10m out for an offside by us at a ruck. Again they elected to scrummage this and pushed us over our line for a try by their No 8. Which was converted. 28-22.
Another penalty awarded to Crediton near the Brixham line. They elected to have a scrum. Another push over try but no conversion 28-27 –all the supporters are now a little twitchy!!
This was relieved when Callum, again after a good outsides move, popped up and scored at the topside. Excellently converted 35-27
Brixham were attacking well in the centre of the pitch when a long pass out (why do players feel the need to do this) was intercepted and the Crediton player was able to amble to the line for a score under the posts which was converted 35-34. More twitchiness!!
Brixham had Crediton on the rack and won a penalty in front of the posts which Jan kicked successfully---possibly even with his eyes closed! 38-34
7 minutes left to play when a mix up at a ruck allowed their No 7 to run straight through and score out wide 38-39. The first time Brixham had lost the lead. However heads did not go down and we pressed hard for the rest of the match until a penalty was awarded to us that Jan could easily have converted. For some strange reason the ref. then decided to blow for full time. Very frustrating for supporters and players alike, unless that is, you were in the Crediton colours!
So what do we get out of that game?:
1. In the loose the whole team played well both in attack and defence. Expect that the outsides would have appreciated more ball, ably distributed by our scrum half Andre who was slinging out really lengthy passes. However it was good to see loads of open play…Both from Brixham and Crediton., although Brixham had the ball in their hands more often than Crediton with the result that we scored 5 tries in open play to Crediton’s one.
2. Excellent goal kicking by Jan and distribution by Andre.
3. Great never give up attitude from the whole team.
Not so good bits:
1. You’ve guessed it. Scrummaging was lacking. Difficult against big forwards.
2. Why give away penalties close to our line when we knew the resultant penalty would be a scrum which we would lose.
FYI Brixham scored all their tries from open play….Crediton scored 4 of theirs from scrummage push overs, one from an interception and one winning the ball in a maul situation. None from open play!
Take credit for the great things that you did in this match BUT also take note of the things that you did not do well.
Practice and practice does not make perfect but it does make better. Training as a unit is good, so that is something that we should endeavour to accomplish, preferably on two nights per week.
Lastly Gentlemen, thank you for a very entertaining afternoon.