Both these teams have been playing each other since U7s and Brixham have been on the loosing side since U9s whilst Kingsbridge have gone from strength to strength becoming in recent years Devon Champions and also runners up. Brixham’s continued improvements hit a new high today and a very high scoring but quality and extremely entertaining game took place.
Both sides started well and the play was going end to end, a theme that was to continue for the whole game, whilst the sides gauged each other out play was quick and at times frantic, it was however after 15m of the first half Kingsbridge that took the lead, some nice footwork from the speedy centre and a single missed tackle was all it took to spark the game into life, the conversion was from far and although a good attempt outside of the kickers range.
Brixham remained focused and after a set of forward phases released the back line to leave winger Jason Capaldi work to do still, he managed his task and touched down as wide as he could have gone. Brad McKee was short on distance for added points and 5-5 it was. Brixham continued to press and a 5m scrum led to phases after a pick up and drive from Joss Greenway allowing Prop Harry Davies to power over the line again far out wide but McKee kicked from near touch to take Brixham into a 12-5 lead. Next came a bit of magic from Brixham who were well into their stride, the backline was again in action but this time McKee chipped the defence and a fast paced Ben Mortimer collected the fortunate bounce to score under the posts leaving McKee a simple tap over. Brixham had taken a good 19-5 lead however with the closing moments of the half Kingsbridge broke the Brixham defence line and scored although unconverted.
HT Brixham 19-10 Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge must have had an inspirational half time team talk as they came back at Brixham with passion and quality to start the second half scoring two well worked tries in as many minutes both converted to take the lead, Brixham 19-24 Kingsbridge. Brixham were having no more of this and the high quality restart saw Mortimer collect another ball and beat defenders to bring the scores level, McKee added the extras from out wide again to take the lead back 26-24 in Brixham’s favor.
Back came Kingsbridge to score again but unconverted, soon replied as Davies again showed his power through the middle to regain the lead with a converted try. Brixham 33-29 Kingsbridge, time running down and again the lead changed as Kingsbridge scored out wide and a great kick took them into what looked like a winning lead of Brixham 33-36 Kingsbridge.
Just 5m to play and the game saw great plays by both and defence to match, Brixham tried a penalty from far out, just wide followed by a drop goal attempt, again just wide but it was Jason Capaldi who finished off a penalty move to bring the scoreline back in Brixhams favour, this and the kick took Brixham again back into the lead. The last few minutes were played well by both and finally a great turnover from Matt Selman allowed McKee to close the game with a great win for Brixham.
What a superb game played fittingly on the main pitch at Astley park in front of a large crowd, both teams gave all and Brixham were pleased to take the victory in a well competed contest that could have gone either way. Well played Kingsbridge and congratulations to the fast improving Brixham side.
Capaldi x 2
Davies x 2
Mortimer x 2
McKee x 5Follow