Rugby round-up: Defeats for Bideford and Torrington

PUBLISHED: 09:30 26 October 2017




Bideford couldn’t steal a late win at Keynsham, while Torrington suffered their sixth defeat in seven outings against Tavistock

Bideford had Keynsham under the cosh but couldn’t finish them off and ended up 17-12 losers on their first league visit to Crown Field.

The final 10 minutes of the Tribute South West One West clash were played out almost exclusively in Keynsham’s 22 with Bideford on top in the forwards.

Bideford were awarded a five-metre penalty in the dying stages and had the option of kicking the points, not worth it, taking a scrum and going for a push-over, or setting up a line-out drive.

Bideford took the line-out option, to the relief of home supporters who had seen their team pushed around up front.

The line-out ploy didn’t work out and Bideford’s chance of winning or drawing the game went out of the window.

Skipper Dean Folland scored both Bideford’s tries, the second of which was converted by Chris Snell.

Folland said Bideford didn’t turn pressure into points and paid the price.

“We didn’t take our chances,” said Folland.

“We were stuck on their line for 5-10 minutes at the end and just could get over from pick and goes.

“I can’t fault the commitment or want, but the execution wasn’t where it needs to be to win a game in this tough division.”

Bideford sit two places and five points clear of the bottom three in South West One West standings with the Cornish All Blacks from Launceston due to visit King George V this Saturday.

Torrington need a change of fortunes fast in the Tribute Cornwall and Devon Division after sliding to a 29-7 defeat against Tavistock.

That’s six defeats in seven outings for the divisional new boys, who are in danger of dropping back into Devon One if they stay in the bottom three for much longer.

Torrie were 7-5 ahead at the break – Jaymie Todd converting a Charles Mill try – but faded after the interval.

Torrington are away to Withycombe this Saturday.

Their opponents, who lie in the middle of the table, had their tie with Lanner on Saturday postponed.

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