A 3 way fixture to allow Services who have been short of fixtures was agreed between all so that we can all continue to play rugby week to week. Brixham have been traditionally well beaten by Oaks who have had a strong squad for years but today was a new opportunity as the players grow and change schools and teams. Format was agreed as 30m per game.
Brixham 8 – 12 Plymstock
Brixham started the stronger and playing with the slope and wind but into the sun had a strong first half although the penalty count against them was high they defended well against a strong Plymstock pack, finally Brixham managed to start completing phases and after several the ball was pushed wide for Ben Mortimer to finish well in the corner, McKee kick was powerful but the wind was strong and brought it in just wide on the near post. Brixham continued to defend well and press the Plymstock defence, a penalty awarded in line with the posts but a good 40 meters out did not deter McKee as he pointed with confidence at the posts and slotted home for the last move of the half bringing Brixham to a 8-0 lead.
Brixham again had much of the possession in the second half however after great work and gaining good territory the penalty count against was still too high, several attempts after great work from the pack were turned over too often and Plymstock came back against the play to score unconverted. The work rate from Brixham was good by all but just not finishing the phases and keeping the opposition from having the ball were issues, Plymstock had a late chance and they took it well to finish under the posts and the conversion not only gave them the lead for the first time but also gave them the game as it was the last play. Good effort from Brixham just securing the ball would have made the difference.
Devonport Services 47-7 Plymstock
Devonport played a skillful game using quality backline moves to easily win vs. Plymstock, a hard fixture for Brixham to face.
Brixham 12-12 Devonport Services
Brixham knew they would have to dig deep verses Devonport after the previous fixture and indeed they did, a first half that was end to end and with both sides better disciplined and looking after the ball a contest was on, the short match format of a 3 way fixture would leave little time for errors, Devonport were first to strike towards the end of the first half with the strong backline crossing for a converted try, Brixham however were straight back on the game and the forwards phased well to offload to prop Dylan Griffiths who crossed in the corner under pressure but secured the touchdown, McKee kicked and again the wind drifted it this time past the far post. Half Time and Brixham although trailing 7-5 were competing well upfront and making opportunities.
The second half was again a hardly contested game, both sides showing skills but again Devonport were first to score but they also struggled with the strong wind to convert. Brixham were now trailing 12-5 and although the effort was clearly evident they could just not finish, as the half grew older Brixham pressed well and were awarded a series of penalties, the Devonport line remained strong until Brixham opted to spin the ball to the backline where Ben Mortimer took a pop from Griffiths after a miss pass move in the centre to score under the posts, the wind was still strong and the ref had called last play, McKee completed in front of the posts but with pressure to bring the game to a close at 12-12.
Much better display from Brixham in the second fixture and onwards next week to play at Tamar Saracens for the first time ever.
Mortimer x 2
Griffiths x 1
McKee x 1
McKee x 1Follow