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Youngsters shine in impressive Tivvy display

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

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TIVERTON turned in one of their best performances of the season to see off Withycombe.

The Coronation Field outfit controlled the opening period to lead 19-3 at the break.

And chairman of rugby Charlie Burt was delighted that it was achieved with a host of young players and debutants.

"We played with a high intensity and a high tempo," said Burt. "The forwards and backs combined well and we played very well.

"After they (Withycombe) kicked off, they didn't get into our half for 25 minutes.

"It was a really good performance and probably better than against Saltash (a 22-12 win). If we can be more consistent and play like that for longer periods of games not just for five and 10-minute stretches we'll do well."

Tiverton have been hit by a few injury problems this season so decided to turn to some promising youngsters. That saw a trio of inexperienced players – Max Neusinger, Jack Sampson and Callum Stone – line up in the key decision-making positions of No. 8, scrum-half and fly-half.

Burt said: "They are all about 20 years old and they all played very well. If they can continue to improve, we will improve as a team with them."

Winger Austin Squibbs opened the scoring and Sampson crossed for the second try that Stone converted on his league debut.

South African winger Johann van Wyke, another debutant, set up the third as he charged through from a crash ball and offloaded to centre Jeff Robinson, on his return to the first team, to score.

Stone added the extras and scored the fourth try himself after a break from Van Wyke.

Burt hopes his side can play

just as well when they host Hayle in a re-arranged league game this weekend, after the Cornish outfit failed to turn up on the opening day of the term.

Tiverton seconds lost 20-19 at Withycombe with a team containing a host of third XV players and colts. Ben Vickery, Ian Branton and Josh Veen crossed for tries, with George Whiting converting two.

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