Junior rugby round-up from in and around Plymouth
TAVISTOCK helped ease some of the disappointment of losing to Tiverton in the Devon Cup two weeks ago with a win over Ivybridge.
The home team had played a lot of rugby in the run up to the game and Tavistock may have benefited from some tired Ivybridge legs.
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Nevertheless, Tavistock produced a fine display of open running rugby and centre Bernie Sadler scored the first try after slick handling from Ben Milligan and Ethan Lamerton. Milligan added the conversion.
The Tavistock pack was stronger in the scrum and Greg Cottrell, playing on the unfamiliar tight-head side, had a solid game.
Theo Cousins gave a captain's performance at the contact area and disrupted Ivybridge's possession at every opportunity.
The extra possession paid dividends for Tavistock and again good passing from the back-line enabled Milligan to score a second try.
Shortly after, some mazy running from Will Gardner helped him score Tavistock's third try.
Milligan converted Gardiner's try but narrowly missed his own.
In the second half, Ivybridge started the stronger and their fly-half began to kick cleverly into space for his team to run on to.
Despite some strong defence from Ben Luke, Scott Morris, Matt Birch and Ollie Gandy Ivybridge scored a try in the corner.
They quickly added a second with a fine individual score from the fly-half who collected his own kick and ran in for the score.
Tavistock battled back with Steve Kirby and Chris Watts running strongly with the ball in hand.
Ethan Lamerton, Bernie Sadler and Ben Milligan combined to turn over ball in the tackle and this led to Milligan breaking free to score Tavistock's fourth try under the posts.
Milligan converted and his kicking helped to keep the score ticking over for Tavistock.
Wadebridge...0 Devonport Services...31
DEVONPORT Services returned from Cornwall with a win and an unbreached try line after seeing off Wadebridge 31-0.
The city side did not let the early start or giving away a substantial weight advantage to the Wadebridge pack bother them.
They took the lead early on when they won a scrum against the head before the ball was fed expertly through the hands to wing Devan Marshall, who finished the move for his first try.
The next try came from flanker Callum Weir, who powered over the line with Toby Fisher adding the conversion.
The second half continued with a well drilled performance from Services bringing three further tries for hooker Kieran Cichocki, fly-half Toby Fisher and prolific wing Harry Groves.
Two of the three tries were converted by Toby Fisher with aplomb.
Special mention goes to centre Jonah Moore, who produced a massive tackle on an advancing Wadebridge forward in the dying minutes to keep the home side out.
Stonehouse Sharks...0 Kingsbridge...25
STONEHOUSE Sharks slipped out of the Devon Cup to a well-drilled Kingsbridge side in a competitive match.
For the first 15 minutes there was no score as each side pressed and probed with strong tackling from the likes of Lewis Andrews and Sean Brown keeping the visitors at bay.
Kingsbridge finally did break the deadlock only for their try to be disallowed – the ref deciding there was no downward pressure.
However, the visitors regrouped and soon scored a fine well-worked try.
It was quickly followed by an interception score to put them 10 points ahead. Some weak tackling then allowed a third Kingsbridge.
Some great attacking play from the Sharks left them camped on the Kingsbridge try-line, but the ball was ripped away and cleared.
Kingsbridge ended the half with a penalty to go in 20-0 up.
Stonehouse, as they did last time the sides met, upped their game after the break and somehow crossed the Kings' line three times without scoring. Man-of-the-match Tommy Pullinger was adjudged to have knocked on when he seemed to have got the ball down.
Then number eight Jerome Clench's driving effort was held up before a last-gasp defensive effort from Kings' centre ruined Andrews' kick and chase.
Despite more fine tackling from Andrews, the visitors scored a final try to make it 25-0.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...63 Stonehouse Sharks...0
PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks produced a solid team effort to gain a convincing win against Sharks.
Oaks' intensity secured them the momentum from the first whistle.
Kai Harvey opened the scoring from a catch-and-drive move. Harvey Dunn then added three tries.
Charles Burch added a try before half-time.
Oaks scored a barrage of tries early in the second half, starting with Peter Clifford.
That was closely followed by the signature try from William Cane, who sprinted in from the halfway, and one from Jacob Kincaid.
The closing stages saw Harvey touch down for two more tries.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...61 Salcombe...0
OAKS clocked up more than 60 points for a second match running when they beat Salcombe, who needed to borrow four Plymstock players.
Among their try scorers were Kai Harvey, who scored three tries in the first half before adding a fourth after the break, Luke Harrison, Charles Burch, Sam Howard, Harvey Dunn and Matthew Gilbury, who got two late efforts.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...4 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...4 (score in tries)
ETHAN MURRAY scored a late try to earn a draw for Stonehouse Sharks against local rivals Plymstock Albion Oaks.
The first half saw Sharks open the scoring with a try from Jacob Gaskin, but Plymstock quickly replied.
A period of to-and-fro was broken with Gaskin getting his second score.
This only inspired Oaks who came back with two more tries. Ben Dolphin equalised for Sharks to end the first half.
As the war of attrition continued Oaks regained the lead with a fine run to cross the line.
However, Sharks are made of stern stuff and attacked the hosts' defence on numerous sorties before getting the score they deserved as Murray went over to secure a draw.
Plymstock Albion Oaks ...6 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...5 5 (score in tries)
A SECOND game between the rivals continued in the same vein as the first, but this was tempered with a drop in atmosphere after one of the Sharks players suffered an injury.
Both teams pulled together and continued in good spirit.
Jacob Gaskin opened the scoring for Sharks, but Oaks followed up with two tries in quick succession.
In came James Ferriman with a good run to cross the line for the visitors before the hosts sneaked another try to lead by one score at the interval.
The second half saw Gaskin claim another well worked try, but Oaks again responded immediately with a try to keep the lead.
New boy and man-of-the-match Charlie Connelly and Gaskin clawed back one each to go ahead for the first time since the start of the match.
Oaks weren't done, scoring another two well worked team tries on their way to taking the spoils in what was a great game.
Salcombe...9 DSRFC...14 (score in tries)
DEVONPORT Services, captained by Ollie Jacques, overcame Salcombe in a thrilling match.
The entertainment was end to end, with try after try in both directions.
Alfie Haasz, as usual a rock in the defence, tagged impressively and Seb Newman was joined by Jacques in finding the small gaps in the Salcombe defence, while Ollie Lane was clearly enjoying his return – getting stuck in and scoring tries and collecting tags with a vengeance.
Oliver Humphery and Devon Olver came on at half-time and both played their part in helping Services win. Player of the week was Ollie Lane.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...15 Stonehouse Sharks...5 (score in tries)
PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks made up for a frustrating week without any matches or training due to bad weather by overcoming Stonehouse Sharks.
The match started with Oaks taking control through Josh Hayman, setting the tone with two quick tries (he scored four in total) from loose ball and then forcing the Sharks back with solid tagging.
The rest of the team were also tagging hard and scored several tries gaining a commanding lead.
Sharks responded well as they became more focussed and with guidance from their coaches started to defend well.
After coming close a few times they had their first score just before half-time.
In the second half Sharks gained in stature and confidence with a flurry of tries and started to tag the Oaks' ball carriers quickly not giving them space to run.
James Pullan as captain led from the front with hard tagging while adding five tries to his name.
George Partridge, Paul Mears-Baldwin and Dan Brookes supported the ball carrier at all times and were rewarded with two tries each.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...12 Stonehouse Sharks...11 (score in tries)
A SECOND game between the teams was close fought with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions before Oaks snatched victory by one try.
Sharks responded to a couple of early tries from Jaimie Fewings and took the lead which they held through half-time.
Oaks captain Josh Waters scored a key try with a fast run down the side-line and then through quick tagging, gained another try from a loose ball.
He encouraged his other players to follow his example with tries from Taylor Gocher, Stanley Horne and a superb length of the field try by Finley Wright resulting in Oaks stealing the lead.
Sharks responded and it was back and forth for the last five minutes with tries being scored by both teams who were of a high calibre. Oaks sneaked home in the end.