Burt delighted with team spirit
CHARLIE Burt thinks Tiverton's improved team spirit this season is one of the reasons they have seen an upturn in fortunes.
Having been relegated at the end of last term, the Coronation Field outfit sit third in the Cornwall & Devon League with 12 wins from 16 matches.
The most recent victory was Saturday's 16-14 success away against Pirates Amateurs, when Tivvy's strength of character came to the fore.
They were 11-8 down at the interval but a try from prop James Morrison – after Sam Smith had crossed in the first half – and a second penalty from Jimmy Atkins saw the Mid Devon outfit home.
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"We have got to remember that for the last four seasons we have been losing lots of games," said chairman of rugby Burt.
"Now we are winning games and the team spirit and team ethic are clearly both there.
"Because we have been winning games, when we have been behind in games we have got that spirit and ethic to keep going and come out on top.
"Saturday's game was an example of that. We could easily have been turned over but we kept playing and kept tackling until the final whistle.
"Our fitness levels showed again – we were the fitter side in the last 15 minutes. Everybody should be pleased."
This weekend Tiverton host bottom side Plymouth Barbarians, who have not played since a 37-0 loss at Withycombe on December 15. As well last weekend's game being postponed, they could not raise a side for St Ives the week before.