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Atkins scores key try as Tiverton win in Duchy

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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CHARLIE Burt hopes Tiverton's win at Falmouth will help them pick up more wins in Cornwall when they return next month.

The Coronation Field outfit triumphed 18-12 last weekend – their second success in the Duchy this term after a 17-15 defeat of Liskeard-Looe in September.

After this weekend's home match with Liskeard, they return to league action at Newquay on January 5 and go to Penzance to face the Pirates Amateurs two weeks later.

And chairman of rugby Burt thinks the experience of winning at Falmouth will serve them well.

"I have always said it is never easy to go to Cornwall and win so I was really pleased," he said. "It was a good performance, not our best, but I thought we were strong enough.

"We've got two long trips next month and we know what to expect.

"It took a while to get the coach journey out of our system – it took us 20 minutes to run it out.

"Hopefully next time it won't take us as long and we can be ready to go from the kick-off.

"It was a pleasing win and another four points, which keeps us in the top four."

Tiverton were under the cosh early on as the home side started brightly.

That saw Falmouth take the lead with an interception try, with winger Rob MacIntyre going most of the length of the pitch but the conversion was missed.

Callum Stone pulled a penalty back for the visitors as they started to get into the match and the forwards began to exert some control.

Tiverton took the lead shortly before the interval as full-back Jimmy Atkins came into the line and put winger Johann van Wyke in for an unconverted try.

Falmouth came back in the second half, creating an overlap for Simon Bailey to dot down and Tom Spiller added the extras.

Stone slotted a second penalty to close the gap to one point but missed another couple of opportunities as the tiring hosts started to get pinged on a regular basis by the referee.

With about 10 minutes left to play, Atkins again burst into the line at pace and went in to score a try that Stone converted.

While Burt said it wasn't Tiverton's best display of the season, he was happy that his players ground out the victory.

"Our fitness has told in quite a few games this season and it was the same again on Saturday. They really started to tire and we got on top," he said.

"I know 18-12 isn't a big difference but I thought we were comfortable winners in the end.

"It was a workmanlike performance. Everyone did their job and we ground out the win, which was different to the win against Crediton when we played well for the full 80 minutes."

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