A boggy pitch down at Stonehouse creek and two teams who have competed very closely all season was the setting for what was to be again a quality fixture from two inform sides.
Devonport started the stronger and played the first 20m inside the Brixham half, with only the occasional foray into the Devonport half Brixham were defending strongly. The pressure was finally too much as Devonport managed to cross the Brixham line and convert to take a lead.
Devonport 7-0 Brixham
Again although Brixham were starting to play some well put together phases it was Devonport who scored again to take them into a further lead and looking like they were about to stretch a lead that Brixham would struggle to deal with, the conversion hit the post on the strangest set of posts we have encountered, the crossbars on both were positioned 3ft above the standard height?
Devonport 12-0 Brixham
Brixham were playing well however needed to score before the break to keep them within range, it was Harry Davies who finished off a great set of plays from the pack to score near touch, finishing at pace after clearing the defence line with great body position and power, Brad McKee kicked from touch to bring Brixham back into the game.
HT Devonport 12-7 Brixham
Brixham have been training hard this season and the fitness began to tell in the second half, again a hard contest with both sides giving all. Harry Williams was again today quick at the base and put in several superb tackles, Davies was powerful all day and backed up by Jamie Dewhirst and Dylan Griffiths who along with the remaining forwards started to control the game. As the half unfolded Devonport continued to attack, it was when they pushed the ball out wide to the backs to take advantage of an overlap that Bradley McKee took a great interception on the halfway line and headed towards the try line with three defenders in close chase, a few changes of direction and he scored to tie the game, McKee kicked the conversion also to take Brixham into the lead.
Devonport 12-14 Brixham
Back came Devonport, another try up the wing and despite the good work from the Brixham side it was a game going end to end, the conversion was good from wide out and this took the lead back to Devonport.
Devonport 19-14 Brixham
This time it was to be Brixham who scored, another well phased amount of ground covered by the hard working pack allowed the backline some space to move the ball, Ed Simpson gained a massive amount of distance and stepped his way towards the Devonport 22, the pack took over and the move was finished well by the hard working Ben Mortimer who scored out wide to level the scores once again, conversion was wide of the far post.
Devonport 19-19 Brixham
10m remaining and the fixture was poised to go either way, Brixham were working hard to gain ground but an unlucky spill of the ball fell to the Devonport winger who ran in to score in what looked likely to be the winning score, conversion was short of the mark.
Devonport 24-19 Brixham
With only a few minutes remaining Brixham were determined to finish in style, the pack were controlling the game and the hard work paid off when Joss Greenway crossed out wide after several phases, the conversion from wide was again just passed the far upright.
FT Devonport 24-24 Brixham
Well played to both sides as a draw was probably the best result on the day for two well disciplined quality sides.
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