Salisbury Rugby defeated 31-29 by Ivybridge

Rugby Ball Sport

Published at 9:54am 18th December 2016.

3 minute read

Victory was snatched from the green and whites in the final 10 minutes.

Salisbury rugby club threw away a 15 point lead in the final ten minutes to lose 31-29 to Ivybridge, in what was their 10th consecutive defeat.

The Green and Whites twice took the lead in the first half via converted tries from Rob Best and Rob Larcombe, but were pegged back by a resilient visitor to Castle Road, with Ryan Dingle and James Sloan sending the sides in level.

Salisbury emerged powerfully from the break and within two minutes were ahead when Jon Goldsmith broke free and bundled the ball over which Matt Loader crucially missed.

The visitors did press for a way back in but it was Salisbury who pulled further ahead, when Andy Herriot managed to get the ball over the line following a line out.

With Salisbury leading 29-14 following a Loader penalty, it seemed they were about to end their woeful run.

However, after a Billy Pinkus penalty and when Jordan Anderton beat two players to touch down with less than ten minutes left, there was a sense of inevitability about their comeback.

It was completed by Billy Pinkus, who capitalised on a strong ruck to get the ball over, much to the vocal delight of his players. He then converted his try to put his side ahead.

However, they did pick up two bonus points, and with Launceston losing they can enjoy Christmas knowing that they are out of the relegation places.

Player-coach Liam Gilbert said:

"It's heart breaking to be honest, it finally looked as if we were getting to where we need to be. We've been putting in a lot of effort and looked as though it was finally clicking.

"I think we shocked them, they're a side near the top of the table and we played well. We just switched off at the end"

Dave Thomas , scrum half said:

"We went down there and lost by a fair bit last time, this time it was only three, we're definitely getting better. They were a bit more savvy than us and it's a better pill to swallow.

"To be leading by 15 then losing the game is demoralising but we'll get there. We're improving performances and now we just need to follow suit with the results."

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