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Eagles thrash league newcomers Veor away from home
THE difference between winning and losing can be only marginal, as Falmouth have learned in their previous two games which both ended in defeat, but at last confidence and decision-making proved to be the turning point. I am sure coach Phil Angove was very pleased his new team are taking notice.
However, I am equally sure the Eagles supporters were very nervous during the first quarter when the home team threw every devious tactic at them in more ways than one, and were lucky the referee was unsighted as they kept all 15 players on the field.
Once the Eagles had soaked up this pressure they opened their account with five tries, two credited wholly to forward power, and three to tremendous team work spinning the ball wide, creating havoc, the best of which started in their own 22 ending with Simon Bailey getting up the wing thanks to Paul Saberton’s classic reverse pass.
Veor’s only score by half-time was a Kevin Mankee penalty, and the two sides went in at the break with Falmouth 35-3 up and in complete control.
The second half started with the Eagles going further ahead with much of the same: a catch and drive from the pack, then a Tom Edmonds kick and chase for two unconverted tries.
Then the Eagles went to nest and Veor scored twice – the first from a quickly taken penalty allowing Kevin Mankee an easy score under the posts, followed by good hands and enterprising rugby when fly half Bevin Stone found a gap - both converted by Mankee.
I think during the half time pep talk coach Angove fired a shot or two which helped to ruffle some feathers.
Whatever he said woke the Eagles from their slumber, and allowed normal service to resume. They went over again when the pack recycled the ball for Simon Bailey to finish, followed by Keiron Rodda and Sam Burke’s neat exchange of passes ending with another Eagles try – job done.
All in all a commanding performance from the Eagles, which helped remind supporters and players alike just what they are capable of.
Special mention must go to the front row, with four first choices either unavailable or injured: Harry Martin, Jacob Stephens and Ashley Searle can hold their heads high after putting in excellent performances.
The next game is at home on October 12 against Newquay Hornets, KO 2.30pm. This should be interesting.
Reminder: This is Vice President’s Day – All welcome for pasty and pint at 1.30pm.
Falmouth Squad: Harry Martin, Jacob Stephens, Ashley Searle, Tony Whittle, Jordan Rose, Tom David, Sam Burke, Simon Bailey, Tom Spiller, Justin Irons, Keiron Rodda, Matt Biggins, Nick Winstone, Paul Saberton, Tom Edmonds, James Dobson, Scott Marshall, Rob Fitzpatrick.