RUGBY: Saddlebacks make their mark at last
12:08pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
SKIPPER Tom Collins admitted relief was the strong emotion to emerge from Devizes’ first victory at South West level.
The Saddlebacks broke their win duck for the season as they absorbed a late fightback from Buckingham at London Road.
Scrum-half Collins said: “We’re relieved because it’s taken a bit of pressure off us. I think we’d put a lot of pressure on ourselves so to get that first win was vital.
“Hopefully it will make things a little bit easier and we did play well. We just let them back into it and when they sniffed blood they could have gone on and won the game.’’
The home pack absorbed some early Buckingham pressure and took the lead when fly-half Andy Thompson booted a penalty.
With the Devizes scrum going well, a strike against the head allowed the ball to be worked wide for wing Jorge Wadman to scored his first try of the season.
The pack dominance continued as they steamrollered upfield, a final nudge allowing flanker Julian Taylor the touchdown, Thompson converting for a 15-0 lead.
Buckingham responded as their forwards ground out a position from which to score an unconverted try.
The tide turned in the second half, Devizes losing Lewis Paget and Rory Brown to injury and then shipping a converted try to bring it back to 15-12.
The sides exchanged penalties, Thompson landing for the Saddlebacks, before home centre Mark Warburton was sin-binned for a high tackle.
Buckingham pushed strongly late on, but the Devizes defence held out for a famous first South West win.
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