Tics need to up the tempo at Services, warns Dorling
COACH Chris Dorling has warned his Torquay players they will have to raise the tempo several gears to win at Devonport Services this Saturday.
Everything in the garden might look rosy for the Tics after their 47-15 win over Penryn last Saturday which keeps them third in the Western Counties table, but appearances can be deceptive.
Dorling stressed beating Penryn so well was no fluke, but taking on Services away from home with their dominant pack is going to be a different sort of challenge.
Torquay lost the corresponding fixture last term 28-7 and as Services have only lost one home game all season it won't be easy.
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"Our forwards set the tone against Penryn by dominating most facets of the game, apart from the scrum where with two of our front row missing we were comprehensively undone," said Dorling.
"It was a good win and I thought we played the conditions well.
"It's one cup final over, Services is another and we will need to up our tempo yet again to get anything from them.
"They have a fantastic coach in Brian Crichton and are very well organised."
Hard work by Torquay stalwarts Paul Edwards and Kevin King, aided by numerous helpers, ensured the game against Penryn went ahead on a day when many games were lost to bad weather.
Torquay had the game in the bag by half time as they led 32-3, but Penryn came back strongly with a couple of tries before Torquay found a final flourish.
Dorling was impressed by a number of players – Matt Williams joining Alex Jeffrey and James Wood high on his list – and there was a new name there as well.
"The pick of the bunch was Sharpe, a rare starter who was everywhere in attack and defence," said Dorling of his open-side flanker.
Williams, Wood and Ben Sharples were all involved in Torquay's opening try by Russ Morris.
After Penryn pulled back a penalty, Torquay banked two tries in quick succession to take control of the game.
Skipper Alex Smith was the receiver standing off at a ruck who burst over to score. Wood converted.
McCarthy caught a rebound pass from Sharpe to score another try which Wood converted from dead ahead.
On 26 minutes Williams was stopped five metres short and soon after he crossed wings to provide the scoring pass for Jon Woodhead to crash over.
Jeffrey slithered in for a try just before half time and although Wood missed the conversion he made amends with a penalty soon after.
Wood had a try ruled out for foot in touch early in the second half and for a while Torquay lost their stride.
After Penryn pulled a try back from a penalty move, Torquay returned to the fore with Morris rolling off a mass maul to score.
Penryn had one more try in them, but Torquay went one better with a pair.
Smith sucked in the Penryn defence and set up another phase of play, which ended with Wood running over.
One last attack produced another try for Wood.
Torquay Quins drew 12-12 at Torre Valley North in a Merit Table game.
KINGSBRIDGE, who were rained off at Tavistock last Saturday, have a home game against Wellington.