The first game of the season for Brixham U15s and they will probably not meet a stronger side than Ivybridge again this season, with Paignton pulling out of last weeks fixture Brixham were thankful for Ivybridge stepping in before next weeks Cup fixture.
The first half was a bit of a master class from the Ivybridge back line as they took advantage of Brixham’s over commitment at the breakdown and ran in 6 quality tries in the first half, it is noted however that Brixham kept them scoring out wide so only two were converted. Brixham lost powerhouse prop Callum Bryson to a knee injury and with Jamie Dewhirst unavailable today Aaron Elliot returned to the forwards from his time on the wing to show he had not lost his touch, Matt Cripps on debut moved from the backline into flanker and also showed up well. Ivybridge had gained a deserved lead at the break and Brixham knew this would be a hard challenge and would have to rethink the game plan for the day.
HT Brixham 0-34 Ivybridge
Brixham’s half time team talk must have been inspiring as they returned to the field with the same passion and intent as the first half but with heads still held high and started strongly with the forwards starting to dominate, within the first two minutes Brixham phased through the forwards and when fly half Bradley McKee reversed the play Harry Davies carried with power down the wing to timely offload to towering centre Will Passmore who turned on the gas to score under strong defense, McKee converted from the touchline to bring Brixham into the game.
Brixham continued in the same vein and from just inside the Ivybridge half at a scrum they set up a move from scrum half Harry Williams into the backs, this set up the forwards to phase deep into the 22, Harry Davies again picked and powered up the blind side and had Ben Mortimer at hand in support to power up the line to touch in the corner, again McKee slotted home from the touchline to bring Brixham closer. However it was the Ivybridge backline who were dominant once again and they ran in three further tries, two out wide without conversions, and one under the posts successful.
Brixham were not yet finished and had the last word with several phases from the impressive forwards, Harry Davies who had set up the two previous tries claimed one for himself on a powerful solo drive to the line and touched down amongst a strong defensive effort out wide, McKee again converted to keep his 100% record on the day and bring the game to a close. Brixham had several new players on show today and they all gave everything,
FT Brixham 21-49 Ivybridge
Ivybridge clearly a quality side as expected, Brixham will take pride in regrouping in the second half and outscoring them 21-17 in the half. Brixham would like to thank Ivybridge for visiting Brixham today on a unplanned fixture and wish them well for the season. Next week Brixham will visit Withycombe in the first round of the Cup competition for this season, a great test today and a great performance vs. a quality side.
Brad McKee X 3Follow