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Frustration on opening day of term

By Gareth Rowett 6th September 2017

Frustration on opening day of term
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ST AUSTELL head coach Ashley Morcom was left to rue a poor first-half showing from his side as Saints were edged out 23-22 by Sidmouth on Saturday, writes Gareth Davies.

Trailing 11-5 at the break, Morcom’s side, backed on by a sizeable opening day Tregorrick crowd, turned the match around to lead 22-11 with less then ten minutes to play.

However, a combination of Tony Kinght’s sin-binning and poor home defence saw Sidmouth snatch the win with two tries from speedster Ethan Mead.

Morcom told the Voice: “You can’t give a side of Sidmouth’s calibre an 11-point start. We gave away 12 penalties in the first 40 minutes which is extremely frustrating as a coach.

“Second half we came out with some real vigour and purpose and we played some good rugby, but you can’t drop off tackle’s like we did for the two tries which won them the game. In my mind they are very soft and the ball should have never been able to get out to the winger.”

Despite his sides obvious failings in this match, Morcom could still see plenty of positives going forward, namely the second-half fightback and the impact of replacements Hector Bright and George Tregilgas – the latter making his first-team debut.

“We talked about cutting out the penalties at half-time,” he added. “We only gave away four after that and I was delighted with Hector Bright when he came one. He demonstrated why he wants to play rugby at this level and he had an absolute belter, as did George Tregilgas too.

“Another pleasing aspect was that we also cemented the thought process with the players about the style of rugby we want to play. Defensively we were brilliant for 37 minutes, making our low shots, but when we switched off they punished us and it cost us the game.

“Both tries came on the same part of the pitch so we will go into training this week, dust ourselves down and try to solve the issues for the next game at Paignton.”

St Austell travel to Torbay on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.

By Gareth Rowett 6th September 2017

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