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Pride not enough for the Piglets.

Keith Butler  Saturday, October 06, 2001  22:26 GMT

Devizes arrived at Salisbury with a staggering 20 players, all looking for a game. Playing down hill and with a strong wind behind them Devizes started well. The fowards were dominant and had the scrums well under control, although in the conditions line-outs were almost a lottery.

With only 10 minutes gone, Buzz Hiscock had to be rushed from the field of play with a bad cut to the eye. An eye whitness (who wishes to remain unnamed) was heard to say about Hiscock "My god, look at the state of that, and to cut his eye as well, unlucky."

The reshuffle of the pack saw young Matt Stokes in his new socks move into the back row with in form Rob Edwards moving into hooker. Stokes, aggrieved at not being mentioned last week, turned in a fine performance around the park. But, with 20 minutes gone, Salisbury had opened up a 14 point lead over Devizes, through their strong well drilled backs. Not to be put off by this, Devizes fought back well to create an opportunity for Simon Hale to thunder over the line for a well deserved try, sweetly converted by Trev Lowe. Almost instantly, Salisbury hit back with a well worked attack finished off again out wide by their backs.

The second half saw Devizes now playing uphill and against the wind. This from an independent point of view was the signal for Salisbury to pile on the points, but it was not to be.
Salisbury did add 2 more converted tries, but they had to work very hard for them. The final ten minutes saw Devizes turn the tables on their opponents, with strong direct running from James Millard and totally indirect running from Nick Aslett (no change there then!) they were able to camp in the Salisbury 22. Good all round work enabled on-fire scrumhalf Tom Kerley to dance over the line under the posts. Nick Aslett drop-kicked the conversion.

At the end of the day the difference between these two sides was not individual players, nor was it fitness or experience, it was the fact that Salisbury clearly train together regularly, thus making their performance on a Saturday that much better. Salisbury will be one of the tougher games of the season, and the effort and heart that Devizes displayed today will be a good basis to start from - that, coupled with some good numbers at training, should see Devizes 3XV amongst the best around this area.

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