Rodwell scores try hat-trick for Withycombe

16:52 17 October 2012

Action from the Withycombe versus Hayle match

Action from the Withycombe versus Hayle match

Archant

Withycombe 31, Liskeard-Looe 10

Withycombe entered this game fully in the knowledge that nothing was at stake; Liskeard had turned up with only 15 players and could not field a front row, writes Mike Richards.

Therefore, Withycombe had five points in the bag and Liskeard were playing with uncontested scrums merely to avoid a penalty. Though this provided what appeared to be the perfect rehearsal for next week’s crunch meeting at Teignmouth, the afternoon proved bittersweet for Withy.

It all started to plan with early forwards’ pressure ending with Kevin Rodwell opening the scoring in the corner.

Liskeard seemed determined to keep the score down by whatever means necessary after this, with niggles, punches and persistent offending at the breakdown. Unfortunately for Withycombe the referee appeared to have entered into the lackadaisical spirit and the ruck area became a mess. A good three-quarter move broke the stalemate with Brad Perkins putting Rodwell away to claim his second with Jack Pugsley converting. Liskeard managed to snatch a try through some enterprising pick-and-go moves that caught Withy napping at the fringes just before the break to make it 12-5 at half-time.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first. Rodwell first completed his hat-trick, Mike Symons scored what is fast becoming a trademark try from the halfway line and Neil Williams wrapped up the scoring finishing off a backs move, with Pugsley adding two conversions; whilst Liskeard snatched an opportunistic try of their own. Withycombe also suffered a blow before Saturday’s Teignmouth showdown with an injury to openside flanker Brad Perkins.

It’s not all bad news though: despite being deprived of the scrum, one of their biggest weapons, and though it was far from a vintage performance, Withycombe came away with a comfortable win on the day under difficult circumstances. Not long ago this could have been a very different match report. Added to the hat-trick of relative new boy Kevin Rodwell; just last year he might have been helping Exmouth’s third team avoid defeat to a burgeoning Withycombe second string at the Imperial Ground on Saturday. Things are looking up for Withycombe, and they have every reason to look to Saturday’s big game at Teignmouth with confidence.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Somerset Rebels versus Plymouth Devils Speedway action. Picture Ian Hitchcock

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end, and so it proved last night at the Oak Tree Arena, as ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels unbeaten home run came to an end with a shock defeat at the hands of local rivals the Plymouth Devils, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Friday, July 31, 2015

The past week has featured those friendly matches which survived the monsoon, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Friday, July 31, 2015
Bowls

The weather interrupted the games over the weekend, on Friday the ladies were due to play Starcross in the league which has had to be re-arranged.

Read more
Friday, July 31, 2015
Sidmouth's Matt Cooke on his way to a half century at home to Paignton. Ref shsp 1629-31-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth batsman Matt Cooke, after many ‘near-things’, finally crossed the coveted line and chalked up his first league century for the Fortfield side’s 1st XI, writes Stephen Birley.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
East Devon Golf Club's Professional's Day winners (left to right); Mark Cole, Heather Coles, Martin Coles and Jacob (Cubby) Tinsley.

Trevor Underwood hosted his Professional’s Day at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
golf generic picture

The Oaks Memorial Trophy took place and, as usual, there was an excellent turnout for this major competition, writes Carole Pye.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Exeter Falcons management Rob Doran (left) and Alan Spencer

More than 100 Exeter Falcons fans attended a packed public meeting to hear prospective promoters Rob Doran and Alan Spencer announce that they had found a site for a new track, writes Tony Lethbridge.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Neil Matson and Vela Fresca leaving Ponta Delgada at the start of the return leg of the Azores and Back race

Two members of the Exe Sailing Club, Neil Matson in Vela Fresca and Jeremy Moore in Redeye, recently completed the famous and well-established Azores and Back Race (AZAB) ocean sailing race.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The school rounders team that reached the national finals

Over a hundred sporty stars, parents and teachers gathered at Bassetts Farm Primary School, to celebrate the many achievements of the past 12 months.

Read more
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Football generic picture

Exmouth Town complete their pre-season programme on Tuesday evening when Newton Abbot Spurs are the visitors to Southern Road kick off 7.30pm, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder