Tiff's look the real deal
By Neil Pemberton
OW's play well but a 20 minute spell blow away their chances of victory.
Old Walcountians slumped to their third straight League defeat of the season as high-flying Old Tiffinians overwhelmed them.
There was little to separate the two teams in the first half as Walcountians were level with the visitors up to the end of the first quarter, with Will Diamond’s 17th minute penalty cancelling out an earlier penalty by the Tifffinians fly-half Watkins. There was some strong driving play by skipper Steve Cowlin, lock Simon Fowler and No 8 Gerry Connor, but failure to support in numbers resulted too many times in possession being lost, while the backs failed to click.
The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when Walcountians lost possession just outside their own 22 and the Tiffinians counter-attack saw their No 8 cross for a try. They extended their lead in the 32nd minute when lock Nwamadi peeled off from a rolling maul close to Walcountians’ line and touched down.
Walcountians’ best effort came three minutes later when winger Liam Moorhead broke down the right flank but, despite centre Sam Naylor and full-back Chris Drinkwater continuing the move, scrum-half Will Diamond was brought down ten metres short of the line.
Any hope that Walcountians might turn the tables on Tiffinians in the second half were soon erased as dreadful defensive and handling errors gifted the visitors three tries in the opening eleven minutes. The first two tries came after Walcountians lost possession after attempting over-elaborate moves, while the third came after the defence were fooled by a clever dummy from the Tiffinians fly-half which cleared the way for outside-centre Durber. This turned a narrow deficit into an unbridgeable gulf.
Walcountians mounted a valiant, if vain, effort in the final quarter to recover some pride from the match, but the visitors managed to hold them at bay and scored one more try, in the 20th minute, when loose-head prop Turner crashed over from a ruck on the Walcountians line.
Next Saturday, Walcountians take on Herts/Middlesex 3 side Watford in the first round of the RFU Junior Vase. Kick-off at Clock House is at 3pm.