Morgan Hails The Win But Urges Further Improvement
Ross Hancock reports on Saturday's win over Wellington.
Penryn continued their 100% start to the season with a hard fought victory against Wellington. Despite conditions resembling that of the winter months, Penryn looked like they would take another maximum points haul from their afternoon's work. In the end though they would have been happy with the win, as the visitors who came down from Western Counties last season made life hard for the Borough at times.
Penryn went into the game high in confidence after consecutive bonus point wins and began to impose themselves on their home patch. A high tempo start for the second week in a row caused the visitors plenty of problems, not least from the powerful Penryn scrum. It didn’t take long for Penryn to find space out wide and man of the match George Mitchell sprinted away for an unconverted score. If Penryn thought they were in for another routine victory, they were in for a rude awakening.
Despite their dominance and some excellent defence to keep the visitors out, Penryn’s discipline or lack of it, let Wellington back into the game. A couple of dull penalties and the boot of Alex Davey saw the visitors move ahead at 5-6 with half time approaching. Facing the prospect of trailing in a game that they had dominated going into the interval, the Borough sprung into life. A series of punishing carries from the forwards, some neat interplay in the backs and a sprinkle of individual brilliance regained Penryn the lead. Andrew Seviour continued his try scoring start to the season with a trademark score and Aaron Simmonds conversion meant Penryn deservedly led 12-6 at the break.
The Borough started the second half as they had finished the first and were now firmly back in control. The dimensions of the home pitch especially were playing into Penryn hands, so it was no surprise to see their lead of six soon turn into 13. Again the Penryn backs caused mayhem after the forwards had allowed them to do so and this time it was Simmonds who was put away with relative ease, converting his own score in the process to make it 19-6.
Again there was a sense that Penryn would push on, but again that proved not to be the case. In a recurring theme to the first half it was ill-discipline from the Borough that let the visitors back in. Wellington were knocking on the Penryn door with great frequency, but had to make do with another Davey penalty to reduce the gap to ten. The warning signs were there for Penryn as Wellington had a try ruled out for a forward pass, but as the penalty count continued to rise Penryn were eventually punished.
After a series of attacks on the Penryn line, Wellington kicked to the corner from the penalty and proceeded to drive the maul over for a potentially crucial try from Chris Kitto. With the missed conversion, Penryn now led 19-14. Despite the visitors being within a converted score, they never looked like going on to win the game in truth, as Penryn weathered the storm and managed their way through the rest of the game to secure a solid win. It might not have been the prettiest of victories, but it was an important one nonetheless.
Speaking after the game, Borough coach Ian Morgan said: "Wellington were a decent outfit, but we gave up possession too easily at times and didn't show enough composure. The players know that they left opportunities out there and our discipline needs to be better. That said, we are happy to come away with another win. We have plenty more in the tank, and hopefully this will start to come together as the season goes on."
Reflecting on the impact of the changes to the playing squad over the summer, Morgan reflected: "There are a lot of new players here this season, and that takes time to bed in. Also we have already used 24 or 25 different players, and that shows the strength in depth, and that is going to be needed during a long, hard season. The players seem to be enjoying their rugby, and that is the main thing."
Looking ahead to next week's game at Wessex, Morgan said: "We won't be taking it lightly at Wessex. Their recent results won't reflect what they are capable of, and we will need to be at our best when we travel up there if we want to win that game."
PENRYN: Simmonds, Mitchell, Hitchens, Seviour, Salisbury, Strick, Oliver, Patterson, Degenhardt, Goldsworthy, Hancock, Trevaskis, Howson, Stanfield, Randlesome. REPS: Paine, Oldfield, Hellier.
SCORERS: TRIES: Mitchell, Seviour, Simmonds.
CONVS: Simmonds (2).
WELLINGTON: Davey, Hodgson, Lee, Gamlin, Batts, Jarman, Jenkinson, Rowlands, Dyke, Hancock, Walker, Kitto, Davy, Phillips, Norman. REPS: Ramsey, Tredwin, Jenkinson.
REFEREE: James Grant.