Junior rugby round-up
Tavistock...48 Plymouth Albion...37
A DEVON Festival at Exmouth was a casualty of the weather so a hastily fixture was arranged between Albion and Tavistock at Sandy Park.
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Players from Liskeard and Launceston helped to ensure full teams on both sides and an entertaining afternoon of rugby ensued.
A slow start by Albion saw them leak two early tries, but a sprited fight back ensued and an end-to-end game saw a try fest from both sides.
Lottie Holland and Daisey Fahey were among the scorers for Albion, with 15-year-old Lauren Dawe, daughter of former England and Bath hooker Graham, scoring a hat-trick for Tavistock along with a brace from Flo Rodgers.
Prop Jessica Parkes made several marauding runs for Albion with fearless Lauren Jewell, in her first season at under-18 level, Siobhan McCourt and Ruby Lee again making a high tackle count.
Tavistock...10 Plymouth Albion...24
A MUCH improved performance from Albion saw them start brightly and an early try from scrum-half Cloe Waterfield, converted by Mia Lawrence set the tone.
After sustained pressure Waterfield set up Ellen Lloyd to score a second try.
A breakaway try from almost under their own posts saw Tavistock reduce the deficit to 12-5 at the break.
Strong tackling was the cornerstone of the performance and no better demonstrated than by full-back Hannah Leonard, who seemed to be all over the pitch at times and made several try saving tackles.
A great passing move from Albion saw fly-half Mia Lawrence on the overlap on the wing running in a third try from outside the opposition's 22.
Tavistock managed a further uncoverted try before in the dying seconds Taylor Gallagher ran from the halfway line to score Albion's final try of the game which was successfully converted.
Team-work was again the key to success and Jodie Williams made a confident start in her first game for the club.
Plymstock Oaks...10 Devonport Services....12
SERVICES won a tight match with the last kick of the game, having overturned a 10-0 half-time deficit.
Oaks, strengthened by the addition of players from the disbanded Plymouth Argaum, were the stronger side in the first half scoring two close range tries. Only strong defence from Services stopped any more scores.
The second half was a different story for Services. Strong scrummaging and more aggressive play at the ruck created more try scoring opportunities.
Winger Charlie Gill was stopped twice with the try line beckoning.
With the Services forwards now in ascendance, a penalty at a scrum was taken quickly and the ball was moved across the back line until it found captain Matt Carwithen, who was inches short of the touchline but managed to drive through two defenders to score in the corner.
With time running out Services attacked from all parts of the pitch keeping the ball alive with good ball handling with centre Toby Knowles prominent.
With seconds remaining Services had the feed to a scrum just inside the 22. Number eight Josh Greenlees picked up from the base and crashed over to level the scores. Cheyenne Edwards slotted the conversion to win it for Services.
Perranporth...0 Plymstock Albion Oaks...19
REEGAN SPENCER scored his first try for Oaks after 15 minutes to help the Devon side on the road to victory.
Spencer's effort was quickly followed by a try from full-back Alex Chapman.
Oaks dominated the first half with a strong pack and fast footwork from the backs.
The Plymouth side piled on the pressure in the second half with winger James Casey scoring a try in the 30th minute.
Man of the match was second row Luke Bingham for consistently being first to the breakdown and some great tackling.
Tackle of the match went to Sam Waterfield, while centres Josh Hamilton and Sam Ling as well as flankers Reegan Spencer and George Dunn had good matches.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...33 Devonport Services....19
SERVICES opened the scoring with a quick burst from the whistle, but it was Oaks who went on to claim the victory.
Harvey Dunn scored the first try with a drive to the line from the forwards. He quickly made it two tries with the sturdiness of the team behind him.
The first half saw dominance from Oaks with two further tries coming from Reece Gocher.
Just before half-time, William Cane got a try from a solid line-out throw of Ryan Whitehead.
The second half showed grit and determination from both teams with Oaks showing fantastic kicking skills and ball play from Kieran Wiles-Rourke and Jake Kincaid.
Kai Harvey scored Oaks' only second half try.
Plymstock...49 Devonport Services...0
PLYMSTOCK finally kicked off their season with a hard-fought victory against a spirited and well organised Devonport side.
Early pressure from Plymstock's forwards lead to a well taken try by Jake Bond. After good work by the forwards the ball was moved quickly through the hands of the backs for Sam Harris to go over.
Another good passage of play by the forwards and backs led to another try for Harris.
Plymstock continued to play good rugby, with both forwards and backs combining well and this led to further tries being scored by Bond and Martin Hough (2). All the tries were converted by Brandon Bonsor, who kicked six conversions to make the score 42-0 to Plymstock at half-time.
Devonport came out stronger in the second half and put Plymstock under pressure, but Plymstock's tackling, which was fierce and hard throughout, meant Devonport were unable to make any ground.
Plymstock's forwards and backs continued to combine well, and produce some excellent rugby.
This lead to another try for Bond which was converted by Hill. All credit to Devonport who played some good rugby and never gave up.
Plymstock's man of the match went jointly to Archie Hill and Archie Curtis, with Jake Bond producing the hit of the day.
OPMs...0 Stonehouse Sharks...55
STONEHOUSE Sharks' technical skills and speed of movement ensured them victory over OPMs.
First try of the match went to Aaron Duffield from a well won line-out.
Some fantastic defence and sound rucking led to Tom Woodward getting the ball, running through OPMs defence and passing to Duffield to power his second try over the line.
With the whole team peerless in defence and winning the rucks, Ethan Hodge took the ball and using his strength made huge yards to pass down the line to Woodward to score.
More flowing rugby followed, allowing Toby Lean to sprint and dodge past a flatfooted opposition defence.
From a line-out, Henry Jamieson weaved through the OPMs defence to score in the far corner; another great run by Lean saw him bag a brace.
Tom Brookman, Hodge and Neo Ruston were the powerhouse in the scrum and, from one against the head; Harrison Truswell took possession to scamper over from close range. A fast pass down the line all the way to the wing saw another sprint by Lean to secure his hat-trick.
After a succession of won rucks, the Sharks got within yards of the line. The ball flew out to Neo Ruston to pound it down for the points.
The second half was harder as OPMs upped their game, ensuring the Sharks kept up the pressure and were not allowed to ease off.
A dropped ball was quickly picked up by a quick thinking Woodward to take it over the line and get the first of the final half.
A powerful maul mid-pitch saw Ben Foster and Phoebe Bishop make huge yards into the OPMs half where a swift off-load to Hodge saw him score a deserved try.
On the blow of the referee's whistle, Ruston caught a high flying ball and ran it down the flank to score, bringing an end to proceedings
Saltash...20 Stonehouse Sharks...10
A FRESH Saltash side had the better of the first half, with the Sharks feeling the effects of a tough first game against OPM.
Saltash started at a blistering pace and ran in three unanswered scores.
The second half, however, was a different matter with the Sharks putting in 100 per cent more effort.
Saltash scored the opener but Sharks came back hard to win a plethora of rucks, line-outs and scrums.
A well won maul set the ball up nicely for Tom Woodward to carry it over the whitewash to score. Then, following a smashing run through the Saltash defence by Ben Foster, the ball was off-loaded to Tom Brookman to see it safely over the line.
Unfortunately, with the Sharks in the ascendancy, the blow of the referee's whistle ended a great game.
Ivybridge Eagles...15 Tavistock...0
IN GLORIOUS autumn sunshine the Eagles ground out a win against strong tackling Tavistock.
Ivybridge Panthers...10 Tavistock...25
PANTHERS tried resolutely to hold onto their first half advantage, but in the end power and organisation in the opposition's backline proved too much.
George Moss had another good game for Ivybridge and scored one of two tries cancelled out by five second half Tavistock tries.
Plymouth Albion Oaks...6 Devonport Services...5 (score in tries)
OAKS secured a narrow win in their first home game of the season thanks to a late try by captain Charlie Brookes.
Oaks stormed into an early lead with tries by Cameron Hill, Brookes and Tom Webber, but Services hit back and the sides went into half-time of a spirited match level at 3-3.
Brookes added a second try after the break only for Services to level again.
Ollie Dunn made it 5-4 but back came Services to level with time nearly up in a rollercoaster encounter.
A draw looked on the cards until Brookes went over for his hat-trick right at the death to snatch victory.
Rose Walker was Oaks' player of the match.
Plymouth Albion Oaks...8 Devonport Services...5
(score in tries)
ALFIE JENKINS and Boo Brown scored hat-tricks in a second match between the two sides that also went Plymouth Albion Oaks' way.
Jenkins scored two tries in the first half to go alongside efforts from captain Brown and Chris Dunstan as Oaks led 4-2.
And the home side managed another four touchdowns in the second period courtesy of Jenkins, player-of-the-match Meg Curtis and two from Brown.