These two sides were a game a piece coming into this fixture this season, both winning their home fixtures narrowly and todays game was as closely contested by two strong sides again. It was however to be the Fishermen who came out on top today and mainly due to the great tackle count and also the high turnover rate. Brixham’s defense today was superb and although the sides were well balanced today Brixham had the hunger that gave them the victory.
Although the elements were shocking today the pitch at Bicton College was a great surface for some impressive rugby by both sides, the scene for Brixham was set in the first breakdown when defending, Brixham captain McKee put in a stunning tackle on his opposite number, this was to set the tone for the team for the game.
Brixham were first to cross with powerful winger Will Passmore rounding the defence and a strong handoff saw him into the corner, Brad McKee was just wide of the far post as he kicked with a strong wind behind and across the pitch. Withy soon came back but it took a 10m spell camped on the Brixham line to conclude, great defence from the Fishermen however some offside decisions did not help their plight and some better discipline was needed in this area. A well worked try from the home side out wide after several hands.
Brixham went back on the attack and using the wind and a clever game plan McKee started to kick and keep Withy pinned back, strong runs from Harry Davies playing at 8 today powered the Brixham pack forward and subsequent phases from Callum Bryson and a very impressive George Weedon today allowed lock Scott Hedges to finish off in style, McKee converted from wide to bring the half to a close Brixham leading 12-5.
Brixham started the second half with the same attitude and were tackling everything Ben Mortimer covered ground at pace all day to stifle attacks from Withy, a penalty conceded by Withy between the 22 and the 10m line was mopped up by McKee even into a strong wind to take Brixham into a further lead 15-5. Withy were not done however and created an opportunity down the wing, well finished in the corner a great attempt at the conversion was short. Withy now within a score at 15-10 to Brixham. Withy came again at the visitors but the defence line again was superb, Jason Capaldi put in some stunning turnovers with his agility at the breakdown and backed up well by Harry Williams who was tackling all that came near him today.
The game was still poised and it was a scrum that allowed Davies to break free and power up the line to score for Brixham again, McKee curled in the conversion against the wind to take Brixham into a 12 point lead, Withy were still not done and a series of penalties saw them again score to bring the fixture back within a score. Only 5m to play and Brixham again were on the attack, a penalty awarded was outside of kicking range with the strong wind so Brixham kicked for the corner, Jamie Dewhirst made a powerful drive through the heart of the defensive pack and was unlucky to be held up over the line, never the less Brixham continued the pressure with great line speed and secured another penalty chance in the dying moments, McKee opted to try from distance again, into the wind he scored to take the game away from Withycombe, Brixham played out the remaining time to secure a great victory with a great team display.
All Brixham players gave all they had today and secured a brilliant win against a strong side from Withycombe. This was probably the best all round display from Brixham this season, all players stood strong and gave all today; they left the pitch with pride and a well deserved win.
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