Paignton too tense in attack
PAIGNTON need to relax a bit if they want to win matches.
That was the verdict after last Saturday's 20-16 home defeat by Tavistock.
Paignton were lively in the scrums, competitive at line-outs and pacy around the park.
But when they got into the final third things started to go wrong.
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"We were a bit in anxious in the Tavistock 22 and tried to do things too quickly," said director of rugby Richard Southcombe.
"A bit more patience and control in the opposition 22 won't go amiss."
The Cherries came through the game injury free and will be picking from a near full-strength side against Teignmouth this Saturday.
Added to the squad is prop Ashley Ansermoz, who was unavailable last Saturday.
Paignton's only try was scored by Josh Boaler. John Clare converted it and added two penalties and a conversion.
TORQUAY Athletic coach Chris Dorling hopes he won't have to play against Okehampton on the Recreation Ground this Saturday after being pressed into service at Wellington.
A late cry-off left Torquay a player short on the bench as there was no time to draft in a 2nd XV player.
So Dorling, who hasn't played for two years due to an ankle condition requiring surgery, found himself sitting on the bench.
Within ten minutes the former lock or No.8 was in the thick of the action – in odd surroundings at fly-half.
"Tony McCarthy was concussed and in la-la land so I went on at fly-half for 10 minutes before we had a re-organisation and put Sam Fellows in there," said Dorling.
Torquay lost the game 25-12, which wasn't the result they had hoped for in what Dorling hopes will be a promotion season.
Wellington went ahead straight from the kick-off, which Torquay failed to deal with, and by the time Torquay were hitting their straps in the second half it was too late as they trailed 20-5.
"We were by far the better side in the second half and did lots of good things," said Dorling.
"In the first half we lacked forwards who took the ball on at pace. The gaps left by Alex Smith (Newton) and Russ Morris (Brixham) are big ones.
"Carl Turner hooked well – he took several of their balls – and Alex Brown ran well outside.
"When our younger players feel a bit more confident in their ability we will play better."
Aaron Graham and Jon Woodhead were the Torquay try scorers with Alex Jeffrey kicking a conversion.