Late try snatches victory from Hayle's grasp
Cornwall & Devon League
Hayle 25, Tiverton 27
HAYLE will be disappointed to let this game slip after Tiverton scored an 84th minute try to draw level, which fly half Callum Stone converted to put them in front for the first time in the game.
On a perfect afternoon for rugby it was Hayle who started the stronger, going ahead on three minutes with a Martin Strick penalty which was cancelled out nine minutes later with a score by Callum Stone. With both teams wanting to attack it was Hayle who scored next when Doug Arnull went in under the posts and Strick converted to make the score 10-3.
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The lead was reduced to 10-6 when Stone landed a penalty on 26 minutes to reduce the home side's lead to 10-6 at half-time.
The Lions started the second half with a bang when Scott Murray broke through after picking up a loose ball and Talan Daniels crossed as the ball went wide. The conversion was missed.
Hayle looked good for their 15-6 lead and were further boosted when Tiverton had a man sin binned. Three minutes later Hayle took advantage after Lewis Laity broke clear and outpaced the Tiverton defence to go under the posts. Strick converted to give Hayle a 22-6 lead.
With Hayle almost out of sight Tiverton raised their game and on the hour centre Alex Pike broke through for Stone to convert, making the score 22-13.
A long range penalty from Strick on 65 minutes edged them ahead again, only to see Tiverton captain Jeff Robinson cross two minutes later. However, looking to get closer to the posts Robinson was tackled by the Hayle defence in goal and held up, a let off for Hayle.
On 77 minutes following extended pressure the effective Tiverton driving maul came good for Richard Tucker to claim a try which Stone converted. And At 25-20, Tiverton threw everything at Hayle and after some desperate defence everyone thought it was over when Hayle were awarded a penalty. The hosts kicked for touch and lost the lineout only to see Jeff Robinson break through and pass to No8 Wayne Sprangle to score. Stone converted leaving Tiverton to celebrate an opening day victory.
Despite the defeat Hayle will be encouraged by a good performance and both sides did enough to suggest that they will feature at the top end of the league. For Hayle Joe Chadwick looked dangerous in possession, while the backs took their chances and second row pair Phil Tonkin and Richard Spear added solidity to the pack.
Hayle player-coach Danny Clackworthy said: "The boys are absolutely gutted at the result. To be so far ahead and lose is unacceptable and we have taken it badly.
"The league is extremely tough this year so we need all the points we can get from every game. Having said that Tiverton were a well drilled side and played some lovely rugby with their off load game causing us problems and they were the better side on the day.
"Looking forward we have to be positive and keep building on our pre-season. We are a fit side and will be tough to beat.
"Chris Morgan and Tom Kessell from the Cornish Pirates are helping to coach the side this year so we stripped everything back to basics and are building from scratch. We will keep working hard, stick to our systems and hopefully we will get the results."
Hayle are without a game this Saturday, with their next match at home to Crediton on Saturday week.
Hayle: David Penrose, Luke Richardson, Danny Clatworthy, Richard Spears, Phil Tonkin, Rob Goodman, Josh Heath, Tony Matthews, Stefan Osborne, Martin Strick, Joe Chadwick, Scot Murray, DExeoug Arnull, Talan Daniels, Rob Cutter. Reps - Nigel Laity, Doug Wood, Lewis Laity.