Robbie seals Winscombe win

PUBLISHED: 10:17 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

Winscombe 17 pts Tor 13 pts AS a second pre-season trial game, this proved to be a hard fought contest between two teams intent on blowing away the cobwebs that had amassed over the summer. Winscombe's new coach Graham Buller has proved a real asset to

Winscombe 17 pts Tor 13 ptsAS a second pre-season trial game, this proved to be a hard fought contest between two teams intent on blowing away the cobwebs that had amassed over the summer. Winscombe's new coach Graham Buller has proved a real asset to the club and already has got the players believing in themselves and is developing a fine individual and team confidence. Despite it being a trial match, both teams displayed real commitment in both attack and defence. The first score came when good driving by the Winscombe scrum, placed George House in a good position to chip a ball over the Tor defence for Adam Cashman to power through, collect the ball and crash over in the corner. Not overawed by the larger Tor pack, Winscombe continued to drive and won some good quality ball. Prominent up front was the drive of the back row of Matt Truscott, Dave Thomas and Gary Cox who show the potential to develop into an impressive unit. Just before half time from a loose maul, Josh Furniss exploited a large gap in the Tor defence to dive through and score, which House converted.The second half saw Tor start to use their heavier pack to greater advantage and with some clever positional kicking, worked their way up field to score a well deserved push-over try which was brilliantly converted from wide out in a strong wind. Winscombe, however, were gaining in confidence and started to use their backs with more purpose. A number of good moves at speed tended to end in minor handling errors which smacked of cobwebs, however success was achieved with a move along the back line for Robbie Suik to make one of his customary inside breaks to split the defence and score. Tor completed the points with two penalty kicks towards the end of the match to finish a most worthwhile trial match. Tomorrow sees Winscombe 1st at home to Crewkerne in the first league match of the season. The 2nds are also at home to Nailsea and Backwell in the newly formed Somerset 2 North league and the 3rds are away at Weston 4ths. These fixtures are preceded by a vice-presidents' lunch at the Woodborough Inn. Those members wishing to attend contact Phil Smith 01934 844167.

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