Albion Oaks win tense final against Taunton to book Twickenham date
PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks' youngsters have booked a place at Twickenham as a reward for winning the Land Rover Premiership Under-11 Cup.
Oaks (left) won the event, staged at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park in emphatic fashion, winning all their matches, including a victory over the host club's counterparts.
As a result the city side will now be guests at the Premiership final next May 25 at Twickenham and will be given a guided tour of English rugby's legendary HQ to boot.
At Devon's top rugby venue, Oaks were not overawed and flew the flag magnificently for Plymouth.
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The city youngsters found themselves in a tough group with match-ups against dangerous opponents Chiefs, Barnstaple and Honiton.
Plymstock threw down the gauntlet to their rivals, winning comfortably their opening pool match against Honiton 40-0.
Next up for Plymstock came Barnstaple, who tried to frustrate them by slowing down the pace, but could not prevent Oaks from running in two tries and prevailing 10-0.
In a clash between the two unbeaten pool sides, Oaks produced a spirited performance to run out 5-0 winners from a testing tie.
In the semi-finals, Plymstock were matched with a spirited Newquay side, who tested Oaks' resolve.
But the north Cornish club found Oaks' forwards and backs too strong and courtesy of a 10-0 victory, Plymstock headed into the final played on Premiership powerhouse Exeter's own ground.
A strong Taunton side were Plymstock's opponents and in a hard and physical final did their utmost to try and pip the Plymothians to the prize.
Again, though, it was Oaks' forwards who tipped the tie in their favour, helping secure a hard-fought 15-10 victory with all the points scored in the first half.