Elloway vents fury at below par Hakes
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St Ives 21, Tavistock 23
ST IVES head coach Rob Elloway was left angry and frustrated after watching the Hakes slump to their third successive defeat against Tavistock at Alexandra Road on Saturday, writes Dick Straughan.
Elloway had stressed the importance of winning their home games if the Hakes are to avoid a relegation scrap this season and after watching his team go down narrowly in a game they should have won commented: "I aged about 75 years during that game."
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He continued: "It was a lesson in how not to win a game. Tavistock were awful. We were awful. It was a battle of two awful sides.
"We had chances to win the game. There was a five on two and then a three on one and anyone would have expected us to score from them. We didn't. I have no idea how we managed to mess up those opportunities."
The game was deadlocked at 6-all at half-time but in an entertaining second half the St.Ives pack earned a converted penalty try to take a seven point lead. It lasted barely four minutes, with Tavistock levelling through a Rich Goldsby-West try after home skipper Ben Taylor had been sin-binned for punching.
Goldsby-West and Jacob Ninnes then traded penalties to make it 16-16 before St.Ives were hit by a sucker punch as they pushed forward spurning opportunities to win the game. With time running out Dan Luffman raced in to score under the posts and although the Hakes hit back with a try in the corner from Taylor on the final play, Ninnes missed with his touchline conversion.
The losing bonus point gained in defeat has lifted St.Ives off the bottom of the table above Bude on points difference but they are now back on the road this weekend with another tough game ahead.
The Hakes travel to Bitton Park to take on third placed Teignmouth (3pm) and Elloway is keen to see an improvement.
"This was a weekend to forget," he said. "Teignmouth will be another tough challenge for us but we just have to keep performing and learn quickly.
"Our set piece was a real positive against Tavistock and now that we have done that well we have to do it again, but our game management needs to be much better."