Burt unhappy with verdict
TIVERTON chairman of rugby Charlie Burt says Hayle deserved a harsher punishment than a suspended sentence for their season-opener no-show.
The Cornish side claimed traffic congestion on September 1 meant they were unable to make the trip to Tivvy for the opening game of the campaign.
After an investigation into the incident league officials announced on Friday they would dock Hayle five points, but only if they breached the regulations again this term.
And Burt says that has provided his side with more motivation to set the record straight when the two teams finally meet in November.
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"Personally I am very disappointed with the verdict. I don't think there has been any punishment for what happened," Burt said.
"The club are disappointed, but we are not going to appeal.
"They (Cornwall & Devon League officials) have ordered the game to be played on the first available Saturday, which is November 10. We were scheduled to play Kingsbridge in the Devon Cup that day but the league takes priority.
"We will prepare to play them and hopefully we can beat them."
Tiverton have certainly started the season in good form following their relegation from Western Counties West last time around.
After the postponed Hayle match, they won 17-15 at Liskeard-Looe and followed that up with a 51-10 thrashing of Newquay at home on Saturday.
Matt Reed (2), Blake Lugg (2), Olly Chanin, Luke Westbrook, Jack Sampson, Barney Bell and Jimmy Atkins scored the tries.
Burt believes new coach Dave Maddick, who joined the club in the summer, has made a difference in training with his simple approach.
The main improvement, however, has been on the fitness side, with fly-half Steve Cockram running conditioning sessions during training.
Burt said: "The fitness showed, that's one area we have really worked on. We're doing fitness work in every training session.
"Steve Cockram is a personal fitness instructor and is taking the fitness sessions before the rest of the training.
"He's been around the club for years. He's not been a regular in the first team for the last three or four years but he's playing 10 at the moment and things are working well."