Lewis demands complete performance from Tavvy
TAVISTOCK boss Mike Lewis is hoping his team puts in a full 80 minutes when they meet Kingsbridge at Sandy Park tomorrow (2.30pm).
Lewis considers his side – currently the division's second-bottom team – are capable of doing well in Western Counties West.
But he said: "We've had a good rest over the Christmas period, so maybe tomorrow will be the day when we finally find our feet.
"There's no doubt that we've been playing some good rugby, but we're not doing it for 80 minutes. When we do, we will be pretty good.
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"I'm not worried about it, because any team can beat any other team in this league.
"But it's our own performance at the moment. We give every ounce of energy, but we don't do it efficiently and direct it properly.
"Giving 100 per cent all over the field is maybe a good thing, but you don't have to do that.
"There's always a period in the game where you can chill out for a second and get ready for the next phase.
"It's not that hard to do and hopefully there will be a day when we can demolish people.
"We're still, however, waiting for that day to come."
Tavvy were picking their squad last night. Scrum-half Ewan Smith is a doubt with an ankle injury.
SENIOR coach Neil Thomson has challenged his side to beat the number of points they won in the first half of the season.
The Bridgers racked up a total of 29 by the Christmas break.
Last week, they started their post-Christmas points haul with four points after beating Tavistock.
Encouragingly, Ivybridge are only five points off their entire total for last season – 38 – when they hovered on the lip of relegation.
The Bridgers are at Wellington, who are in seventh place and a handful of points ahead of their visitors, tomorrow.
Thomson said: "We know Wellington are hard to beat at home, but last week, they scored two tries late against (bottom side) Honiton.
"We're really looking forward to it – all our games against them have been really close."
Matt Finn, unavailable last week against Tavistock, is brought in as a counter-weight to Wellington's heavy pack.
Ben Watts may also get a start at scrum-half.
DEVONPORT Services chief Dave Oakley is warning his side against the slow start which hamstrung them against high-flying Bideford last week.
Services face Bude in north Cornwall tomorrow not wanting a repeat of last Saturday, where they were beaten by half-time and didn't wake up until late on.
Oakley said: "After last week we have been working on why we never got out of second gear until the last 20 minutes and had subsequently lost the game long before then.
"We addressed most of the problems from before the Christmas break but probably gave Bideford too much respect.
"We cannot afford to do that with Bude who, although their results have been better recently, still lie third-bottom in the league.
"We will have to work hard for 80 minutes if we are going to come away with the win that is now crucial if we are going to maintain our position in the top five.
Mikey Lane keeps his place at scrum-half after helping turn the game around last weekend. Nat Wonnacot moves back to his preferred position in the centre. Dan Olssen replaces the injured Joe Page.
Services (from): Jason Stead, Phil Wilson, Jack Martin, Rocky Young, Elliott Worrall, Dan Olssen, Dylan Cossey, Matt Gregory, Mikey Lane, Matt Anstis, Matt Morrison, Manoa Tikoisuva, Nat Wonnacott, Ben McGowan, Rob Ede, John Mellor, Olly Dugmore and Oscar Flowers.
SERVICES' seconds take on Paignton II at The Rectory (3pm).
Services II (from): Jamie Miles, Mills, Fish, Bennett, Seru, Collicott, Mason, Ratu Panapana, Bartlett, McKinley, Rutherford, Wells, Hansen, J Wilson, R. Thompson, Williams, Hall, Vulakoivaki, Sikori, Holtham, Symes, Edgecombe and Sullivan
SERVICES Colts will play Exmouth at Keyham (2.30pm) in their second game of the second phase fixtures of the Devon Colts leagues.