Winscombe record comfortable victory over Tor

Winscombe cruised to another league victory, this time over Tor.

Winscombe 43 pts

Tor 3 pts

After surviving a mix-up receiving a deep kick-off to the corner, Winscombe dominated possession and territory and opened the scoring.

Callum Stewart was put over in the right corner after three forward drives from a five-metre scrummage created sufficient space on the short side in the 13th minute.

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In the next seven minutes, Tor had their only two line-out successes of the half. It was sufficient to get them into the home 22, where they were awarded a penalty to reduce the arrears.

Winscombe continued to win nearly all the set pieces and stretched their lead when they missed touch from a penalty, but the ball was fumbled by two players allowing Ben Burke to touch down. Dan Salway landed an excellent conversion from wide out.

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Tor at last got some possession from a turnover and made only their second sortie to the home 22 and, as before, tried to move the ball wide. James Flower’s strong tackle knocked the ball loose. Stewart picked up to sprint 70 metres unopposed for his brace on 38 minutes.

In the third quarter, Winscombe’s set scrummage, as has become the norm this season, put Tor to the sword by thrice providing the ball for tries from five metres out.

In the 50th minute, Lewis Podpadec pounced as Tor were driven back on their own put-in. Seven minute later Will Higginbottom, who had just come on as replacement at No 8, scored a push-over, before Jim Rutherford slipped over on the blind-side. Salway converted one of the tries.

Winscombe strangled the life out of their opponents winning over 80 per cent of the match’s first phase possession, so credit to the visitors for their determined efforts in the final quarter, during which they conceded five penalties and lost two players to the sin-bin.

It was not until the final minute that Winscombe managed another score, when Salway went over from a quickly-taken penalty under the posts, before adding the extras.

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