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

09:54
Petanque

In a needle three-way petanque match against Kernow and Great Western regions, held at the Isca Pétanque club at Whipton in Exeter, Devon’s players recorded a resounding victory, writes Alasdair Paterson.

Read more
09:54
Golf generic picture

A former Exeter City striker is looking to hit the back of the net and secure a place in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

Read more
09:41
Harry Tincknell in action at the Red Bull Ring

Harry Tincknell returns to LM P2 sportscar action when the Nissan NISMO “factory” driver races for JOTA Sport in the third round of the European Le Mans Series this coming Sunday (July 12).

Read more
09:40
Petanque

Honiton Petanque Club, which was only formed earlier this year, has been successful in their application to join the Devon Petanque League in 2016, and they are now looking for potential players.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:32

Topsham St James IIs won for the first time this season in a tight encounter with local rivals Kenn at Bonfire Field.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:03
A vocal Exeter Chiefs Head Coach, Rob Baxter during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons at the Sandy Park on December 21, 2013 in Exeter, Devon, England. (Photo by Phil Mingo/Pinnacle) - Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 - Mobile:0797 1270 681 - VAT Reg No: 768 6958 48 - 21/12/2013 - SPORT - RUGBY UNION - Aviva Premiership - Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter, Devon, England

Rob Baxter, the head coach at Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, will be the guest of honour at Sidmouth Rugby Club, Heydons Lane on Friday, July 24, for a Question and Answer session in the newly refurbished Blackmore clubhouse.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Seaton karting ace Ryan Edgecombe

Round Five of the DKRC 2015 Championship enjoyed glorious sunny weather on the Saturday only to find Race day a slightly damper affair as a downpour made for wet set ups for the first round of heats, writes Jim Bee.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
World cup rugby comes to Exmouth

The Webb Ellis Cup - rugby’s greatest prize - is coming to Exmouth on Wednesday, July 8, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy tour.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015

There were matches in both Pools A and B last week in the Honiton Netball League, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Golf generic picture

The Western Morning News Inter-club Challenge Trophy, one of the annual events run by the DMVGA was held this year at Tavistock golf club in ideal weather conditions, warm and calm, writes Stuart MacKerrell.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

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