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RUGBY: Danny Lee sees Wellington to the quickest of starts
7:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
WELLINGTON got the new season got underway in dramatic fashion at home to Torquay as the Chiefs scored the fastest try seen at the ground for a very long time, possibly ever.
Debutant flanker Danny Lee, son of former Wellington and Bath prop Richard Lee, collected the kick off and stormed over for a try stunning the visitors.
Wellington went on to win the match 25-12.
The game then settled into a battle of wills as the visitors' bigger pack sought to impose themselves but were unable to do so with much success thanks to great defensive work by the home side.
There was a particularly memorable try-saving tackle from player coach Dave Sims. Torquay did break through on the half hour mark when they turned over Wellington possession after a home line-out for wing Aran Graham to go over near the posts with the conversion being made by scrum half Andy Jeffery.
Their solitary period leading was short-lived however as home fly half Paddy Dean slotted a long range penalty which was followed by a two try burst before half time.
Full back Mark Nichols went over in the left hand corner for an unconverted try after great work out behind where the Red and Blacks' greater speed and sharpness could not be contained by the visitors.
Then Dean finished the half with a try and conversion as the home side mixed up their strategy, interchanging between expansive play out behind and quick pick and drives at rucks to leave the visitors not knowing quite what to expect next.
The second half was more difficult for the home side as they were unable to continue their dominance as Torquay made even greater efforts to get back into the match.
The visitors reduced the deficit 20 minutes into the half when they again snaffled possession after a Wellington line-out following a typical Nichols try saving tackle.
This time second row John Woodhead drove over from close range. With the conversion being missed they were still eight points behind.
Matters were settled shortly after however as a great break by former skipper Lloyd Willcocks from inside his own half was followed up by current captain Robin Trott and he fed to replacement back Ben king who made no mistake to go over for a try in his first league game for the club.
Despite renewed pressure by the Devon side there was no way back for them even taking into account a couple of late sin binnings for the home side and the clock ran down for the Chiefs to record a highly satisfactory opening win.
THE match was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of the late Mr Peter Gregory, who died earlier in the year, and who was a past player, official Vice President and Life Member of the club.