Devonport Services U16s 37-33 Brixham U16s
This friendly game was moved to Keyham on the all weather surface due to the recent weather issues , both sides were missing a few players but were grateful to have a fixture after the past two weeks.
The pitch is made for a fast game and both sides set about the job,Devonport started the faster and were first over the try line , taking advantage of a mistake in the Brixham exit strategy, Brixham were soon back at them with a well worked try from Harry Davies slipping off the base of a well worked catch and drive, the scores went back and forth , and as the half progressed Devonport took the lead each time with Brixham replying to keep in touch, a great sniping try for scrum half Harry Williams was followed by a solo effort from full back Matt Selman who returned a kick from his own 22 , clearing several players with pace and great footwork. All 3 of Brixham tries were converted well from Brad McKee 2 of which were from the touchline into a strong wind.The downside to the half was the loss of powerful winger / centre Jason Capaldi who took a hard knock to the shin and ankle plus the loss of hardworking prop Jamie Dewhirst who took a strong blow to the face and will have an eye to be proud of in the morning.
Brixham were playing well but had also picked up two yellow cards one during the first half and one at the close
HT Devonport 24-21 Brixham
The second half was to continue with some more quality rugby , but it was to be Devonport who started the stronger and hit Brixham with two quick tries. Brixham were soon back into the fixture with Ben Mortimer peeling off the base of a catch and drive to power over the line , the kick in a strong wind was just wide , however Brixham again came back and Harry Davies was on the end of a powerful pack set of phases to again bring Brixham back with a chance, again McKee kicked the points to bring Brixham within a few points.
Brixham again upped their game and the forwards were phase after phase making chance , Joss Greenway powered by his pack crossed the line to be what was sure to be the winning move but was judged to be held up over the line, a harsh decision as noted from the side-line.
The remaining time was played out with Brixham again battering the Devonport try line but decisions were not going in their favour today and a great fixture of superb rugby was brought to a close.
Harry Williams was awarded man of the match for his superb tackle rate and his individual try.
FT Devonport 37-33 Brixham
Harry Davies x 2
Harry Williams x 1
Matt Selman x 1
Ben Mortimer x 1
Brad McKee x 4Follow