Superb South Molton crush a noisy Tamar side

North Devon Gazette

Aiden Irving helped himself to a superb hat-trick of tries in South Molton’s 45-7 win away to Tamar Saracens.Â

Victory moved Molton within two points of leaders New Cross at the top of the Devon One table – and they have a game in hand.Â

Saracens had plenty to say for themselves on social media in the lead-up to the game, but Molton made them eat their words.Â

If Molton were intimidated by the barracking, or the size of some Tamar players, it did not show as they went out and barged their way into an almost immediate lead.Â

Jake Cook, later named man of the match, converted his own try to put Molton into a lead they never lost. Saracens were clearly rattled by going behind and Molton started to play with self-belief.Â

“The lads were buzzing with excitement and confidence,” said team manager Neil Edwards. “During the first half, we played our rugby in their half and kept the scoreboard ticking over.”Â

Cook converted a try by Ben Jordan and another of his own before the interval.Â

Molton led 21-0 at the break and coach Scott Warren made it clear in his half-time pep talk that the game was not won yet.Â

Irving banked his first try straight after the restart and Cook added the extras. When George Down dotted down try number five, Cook was on target again. Irving’s second try went unconverted, not that it mattered much by then.Â

With 20 minutes to go Molton made changes and during the settling down period the penalty count crept up and Tamar got a try back. Molton responded by sending Irving in for his hat-trick score before closing out the game.Â

For Warren it was a win to relish for all the right reasons. “We controlled the game from start to finish,” he said.Â

“We are the only team to beat Tamar at home this season and that is down to the lads playing to our strengths and enjoying it.”Â

Molton are at home to Torrington this Saturday. Torrington lost 31-20 at home to Salcombe in Devon One.Â