Tiverton take derby spoils with a four-try win against Crediton
TIVERTON boss Charlie Burt felt his side produced their best display of the season to beat Crediton 24-0 in the Mid Devon derby.
After the teams turned around locked at 0-0 after a scoreless first half, the home side crossed for four tries in the second period.
Crediton joint-head coach Phil Bye was disappointed with the Blagdon outfit's showing but thinks a lack of consistency should be expected as they are in transition this season.
However, chairman of rugby Burt could not have been happier with his side's performance, even if he felt they wasted a couple of chances to add to their tally.
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"We'd had a couple of weeks off after the Wessex game, when we thought we just had to turn up to win and it ended up being a real battle," he said.
"We told the players before the game what we needed to do in the warm-up and in the game and they went out there and played the plan to a T all the way through the game.
"Crediton couldn't really have any complaints about the scoreline, it could have been even more if we'd taken all our chances.
"It was 24-0 and the most pleasing thing was the nil. We tackled and stopped them scoring and got the bonus point ourselves for scoring four tries.
"For the full 80 minutes, that was the best team performance of the season for me. All 18 players in the squad played well and we played some really good rugby."
Crediton's pack were on top early on in the scrums to limit Tiverton's supply of ball but the home side slowly started to control more of the game.
The home side created three good try-scoring chances in the opening period but blew all of them.
While Burt was not pleased with some 'greedy' play, he also praised Crediton's defence.
"They defended well throughout the game and, if it had not been for that, we could have scored a lot more points," he said.
"We created three clear-cut chances in the first half but they all went begging. Three times we had an overlap but greedy play meant the player tried to do it all themselves rather than use the player outside them.
"In the second half we got that right and started to execute far better."
The deadlock was broken when centre Jeff Robinson broke through a couple of tackles to cross for a try under the posts. Callum Stone added the extras.
The forwards, who Burt felt had the upper hand in the loose, created the platform for Tiverton's second try with a series of pick and drives before Jack Sampson and Robinson set winger Wayne Broomfield free on a run to the line. Stone again converted.
With indiscipline starting to creep into Crediton's play, Joel Sully took a quick tap penalty after pressure from the forwards and Stone helped put Henry Frankpitt in for the third try.
From another penalty, Jimmy Atkins kicked for the corner and the pack took charge, driving over from the line-out for a try claimed by prop James Morrison.
After pushing league leaders Teignmouth all the way before going down 26-22 in their previous contest, Crediton's Bye had hoped for more from his players at Coronation Field.
He said: "As good as we were against Teignmouth, we were poor against Tiverton.
"We didn't do anything we set out to do. It was a disappointing display.
"We played like 15 individuals and in the latter stages we lost a bit of discipline as well.
"We had a good chat about it afterwards and we have got an honest bunch of lads here. They are harsher on themselves than I am but we'll get back out on the paddock on Tuesday and put things right for next week.
"This is a rebuilding year for Crediton after the players that retired last year and you are always going to get a few steps forward and one step back. That's what happened on Saturday."
Bye and his Crediton players will be looking to put things right at home against Wessex – his former club – this weekend. Third-placed Tiverton, meanwhile, make the trip to Cornwall to play Falmouth as they look to extend their four-game unbeaten run.