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Hogs Dominate Walcot

Tony Smith  Monday, October 15, 2001  14:03 GMT

Playing their second away game in the Bath Combination League, skipper Paul Dyton was keen to continue the Devizes 2XV unbeaten run. Devizes started well, taking the lead when Drew Johnson kicked a penalty from 22m. The Devizes pack began to dominate the scrums, pushing Walcot back at will; but, against the run of play, Walcot were awarded a penalty 15 m from the posts to level the scores. Devizes missed the opportunity to take the lead when Drew Johnson failed to take advantage of a penalty kick within his usual range.

Although the Devizes forwards were dominant, Walcot stayed in the game because of the number of penalties conceded. Walcot took a series of quick, tap penalties to put Devizes under pressure – but also missed a kick from 30m. Then, just before half-time, Devizes took the lead with a try for Charlie Ruddler, following an excellent forwards drive.

Coming in 8 – 3 up at halftime, Devizes were well placed to win. They made their superiority tell early in the second half, when a fine break from Doug Bryant – well supported by Tim Gibbs – lead to a try that was converted by Drew Johnson. Walcot came back in to the game, however. Against the run of play, they made a breakaway, then retained the ball to score.

Devizes worked hard to put more pressure on Walcot and skipper Paul Dyton almost put wing Jamie Walker in for a try but unfortunately he passed it forward. Devizes were then awarded another penalty in front of the posts, however, and so went 18 – 8 into the lead. Shortly before the end, Walcot scored a converted try that brought the score back to 18 – 15 at full time.

“Another good win, without quite hitting top gear, bodes well for the future” commented skipper Paul Dyton afterwards, adding “The team’s belief that it would win never wavered. Despite the close scoreline, Devizes were always on top”.

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