John Mailes breaks nose in Tenbury Rugby Club's 34-5 defeat at Five Ways Old Edwardians in North Midlands Vase (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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John Mailes breaks nose in Tenbury Rugby Club's 34-5 defeat at Five Ways Old Edwardians in North Midlands Vase
Five Ways OE 34 pts Tenbury 5 pts
CAPTAIN Pete Stevens says Tenbury’s North Midlands Vase exit should be a wake-up call for Saturday’s league opener at Cannock.
Stevens hailed try-scorer Will Gough and is now hoping for an 80-minute display from former coach Andy Black.
Newcomer John Mailes broke his nose making a try-saving tackle at Five Ways as Tenbury trailed 12-5 after 65 minutes.
But Tenbury fell apart in the closing stages and Five Ways ran in four late tries to romp to a convincing success.
“We had a few individuals who played out of their skins,” said Stevens, who suf fered a black eye in the first-round tie.
“Will Gough played at number eight and was amazing for his work-rate and effort.
“Andy Black went off at halftime and we missed him badly in the second-half.
“Around 15 minutes from the end, we were still in with a shout. But we made a few changes because of tired legs and the gaps opened up.
“I don’t want to lose any game but this was our warmup match. It was a massive wake-up call for the Cannock game.”
Gough scored Tenbury’s try in the opening half after a superb run and off-load from fly-half Ben King.
Tenbury finished fourth in Midlands Four West (North) last season, just one place below Cannock, whom they meet this Saturday.
“We are considering the Cannock match as a top-of-the-table clash and, hopefully, we can kick off the league with a win.”