PICTURES: Junior rugby round-up from in and around Plymouth
Plymstock Albion Oaks...21 Devonport Services...17
A CONVERTED Jack Blake try secured Plymstock Albion Oaks a place in the semi-finals of the Devon Plate.
Oaks made a great start and put together a good series of attacks which ended with Josh Westwell scoring the opening try in the first five minutes.
Oaks continued to pressure the Services side and prop Connor Archer finished off a sustained forwards' rumble to score. Callum Gocher converted both opening scores to give Oaks a 14-0 lead.
But Services re-grouped and put together a period of forward pressure on the Oaks, resulting in their first try.
Services continued to press forward, forcing the Oaks to play in their own 22.
A clearance kick was charged down by the Services flanker who grounded the ball for their second try and made it 14-12.
The second half saw long periods of play with both sides trying to get the upper hand, but Services broke the Oaks' defence to score a deserved try, which put them into the lead for the first time.
Oaks dug deep and with only a few minutes to play forced Services back into their 22 with a sequence of quick taps and good kicking.
Oaks, with Dan Peppitt their man of the match, were awarded a penalty just outside the 22. Kieran Gill took a quick tap and passed the ball to Blake, who forced his way over the line.
Gocher again converted the score as Oaks won 21 -17.
WILL PARTINGTON scored with virtually the last play of the game to book Tavistock's place in the next round of the Devon Plate.
Partington scored a hat-trick of tries in the game that had been postponed three times previously due to bad weather.
But the long lay off did not detract from a highly competitive game.
Tavistock made good use of the wind at their backs and kicked for good field position early on.
They were soon rewarded with a try from Ethan Lamerton, who cut through the Stonehouse defence to score under the posts. George Hillson added the conversion.
Stonehouse soon struck back through some muscular play from their powerful forwards.
Having initially had a score in the corner disallowed for a foot in touch they regrouped and drove over the line again from the resulting line-out but were unable to add the extra two points.
Tavistock bounced back and Partington extended their lead before the break, rounding off some flowing back play to score his first try.
Stonehouse started the second half with a bang and again their forwards led the way with some impressive drives.
They soon brought the game all square before scoring again and moving into a 17-12 lead.
The last 15 minutes of the game were very tense but Tavistock stuck to their task by looking to release their potent back line whenever they secured decent possession.
Partington scored a fine individual effort and George Hillson added an important conversion.
Stonehouse struck again, taking them into a 22 to 19 lead in the last five minutes.
Fortunately, for Tavistock a loose kick from Stonehouse was fielded by full back Dan Willis, who fed Will Partington.
He rann from within his own half, jinking his way over to score in the corner, completing his hat trick with pretty much the last play of the game and taking Tavistock through to the next round.
Torquay U14…12 Devonport Services U14 …37
DEVONPORT Services put in a business-like performance to secure their place in the Devon Plate semi-final.
A great team effort saw Services leading at the break with tries from Peter Loxdale and Tom Brooker and a hat trick of tries from Adam White.
The pick of the tries was scored by Brooker, who worked a great blindside switch with winger George Emery, opening a gap in the hosts defence for Brooker to steal in.
With a conversion from Jamie Campbell, the score at the changeover was a respectable 27-0.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first with great work at the breakdown by the Services forwards, securing great ball for the backs who moved it swiftly along the lines.
One such passage of play took the ball to Tom Simpson, who playing in a new role on the wing, took his opportunity and scored in the corner.
Torquay, to their credit, kept battling away and eventually got their reward with two tries scored on the break, with one converted, making the score 32-12.
Services' captain Liam Weir had the final word and capped off a fine display by the team with a try.
Devonport Services...17 Barnstaple...12
DEVONPORT Services showed great mental and physical strength to overcome a tough Barnstaple team.
Services' north Devon visitors definitely had greater maturity and stature.
However, from the kick off Services soon demonstrated size was not everything and immediately imposed pressure on the visitors.
Despite the weight advantage Services held the Barnstaple scrum firm, winning the early duels and midway through the first half the deadlock was broken with a tenacious tackle from centre Jonah Moore, who then picked the ball and ran in out wide to make it 5-0.
Again the Devonport forwards played with passion both in attack and defence and following a well-won ruck the ball was fed out to powerful centre Jack Winsor who executed his trademark straight run through the middle to score under the posts from 35 metres out. Toby Fisher successfully converted.
The second half showed signs of the tables turning with Barnstaple getting back into the game with two quick tries and a conversion to level the scores.
However, the last quarter of the game showed the mental strength of the home side, especially the forwards who despite now being pushed around in the scrum due to their weight disadvantage, managed to spin the ball wide into the reliable hands of Winsor, who ran from just inside his own half outpacing the opposition down the left flank to score his second try under the posts.
Unfortunately the conversion went wide.
With just seconds of the match left Devonport were awarded a scrum and managed to despatch the ball into touch for a well-earned victory.
Stonehouse Sharks...29 Ivybridge...29
SHARKS and Ivybridge played out a thoroughly enthralling and entertaining draw at Stonehouse Creek.
The home team – missing two first-team stalwarts – soaked up some immense pressure from the visitors before Sharks' speedy centre Lewis Andrews burst down the left wing to score the first try.
Despite a huge defensive effort from Joseph and Josh Lynch and full-back Sean Brown, Ivybridge soon hit back scoring two quick tries to lead 12-5.
In a further blow, Sharks lost fly-half Toby Moss, who took a knock to the head.
However, Stonehouse fought back strong, man-of-the-match Andrews rocketing from inside his own 22 to score under the posts.
He added the two points himself to make it all square at 12-12 at the interval.
After the break, Sharks were left reeling by an Ivybridge one-two. The visitors scored a converted try from the kick-off after catching Stonehouse cold. They repeated the feat seconds later after a strong run down the right wing.
Despite finding themselves suddenly 12 points in arrears, the resilient Sharks, playing with just one sub, didn't let their chins drop. Winger Tom Tabb finished a fine run with a try in the right-hand corner. This was followed soon after by another from Andrews to even the score.
Remarkably, Sharks then took the lead 29-24, with a good team move finished again by Andrews. The conversion was missed.
With just three minutes to go and despite more impressive defence from Stonehouse, Ivybridge hit back again to equal the score.
A conversion would have won them the match, butthe ball bounced back off the crossbar and Sharks were able to see out the rest of the match.
Stonehouse Sharks Development...0 Plymstock...49
THE Sharks development side agreed to a last minute fixture with a strong Plymstock team to give lads a well deserved game after being unable to play in recent weeks due to the poor weather conditions.
Plymstock's greater experience and fitness levels told from the off as they won against a Sharks side who were loaned a couple of Ivybridge players to help them make up the numbers.
Oaks scored four first half tries, courtesy of flanker Reegan Spencer, centre Josh Hamilton, hooker Sam Waterfield and full-back Alex Chapman.
Spencer and Chapman (2) added further tries in the second period, while there were also touch downs for centre Tom Gould (2), number eight Sam Ninmo.
Although the Sharks lacked experience their big forwards were dominant in the set pieces, with locks Sam Nevin and Jake Smith and prop Charlie Rowe showing their strength in the scrums and lineout, while flanker Tom Sampson proved a willing ball carrier.
Although well beaten the Sharks, with winger Louis Gerson impressing in his first competitive game of rugby, never gave up trying and provided glimpses of what is required in future games if they are to compete more evenly.
Fly-half Sam Lenthall was Oaks' man of the match.
Ivybridge...8 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...4 (score in tries)
IVYBRIDGE ran out winners in a competitive game against Stonehouse Sharks in a match where the result did not reflect the visitors' effort and commitment.
Both teams played well, but Ivybridge just had the upper hand on the day.
James Ferriman scored a hat-trick for Stonehouse, with Ethan Murray nabbing their other try.
There was some superb tackling from the Sharks but Ivybridge claimed a deserved victory.
Ivybridge...8 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...2 (score in tries)
A SECOND match continued in the same vein as the first with the Sharks finding it hard to score.
But they did touch down twice, with both coming from Ben Dolphin.
The home team put up a strong defence and took the game by 8-2.
The Sharks might have been beaten but their spirit was not broken.
Ivybridge...12 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...11 (score in tries)
IVYBRIDGE edged out a thrilling under-eights match against Stonehouse Sharks.
A lack of games, due to poor weather, did not seem to affect the Sharks at the start of this match.
They came out with great commitment and effort and a huge improvement in their tagging.
Although Ivybridge scored first, the renewed energy helped the Sharks to their first try, scored by Joseph Edwards, who finished off a series of great runs from Cowan McVeigh, Eddie Beall and Ben Roy.
Ivybridge responded with another score, but Sam Bishop, replied with a great solo effort from the restart to eqalise.
It was then a very evenly matched game with Sharks scoring through newcomer and man-of-the-match, Adam Saralis, who went on to score two further tries, Bishop and Edwards.
This was accompanied by fantastic support play from Bradi Rowe, Kye Smith and Josh Beaton.
The start of the second half saw a more determined Ivybridge and they scored a couple of times without reply from the Sharks.
However, Stonehouse soon responded and scored tries through Beaton, Beall, Roy and Edwards. Unfortunately, this was not quite enough and Ivybridge finished the victors by one score.
Ivybridge...8 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...8 (score in tries)
THE two clubs then drew in a second development match, to give lads some extra game time,.
Joseph Edwards made two amazing runs covering the whole length of the pitch, to score the first and last tries of the half for Sharks.
Fantastic play from Ben Roy, Eddie Beall and Sam Bishop also added to the total resulting in Sharks going off at half time ahead 5-4.
In the second half, three more tries were scored by Edwards, Kye Smith and Adam Saralis, but it wasn't quite enough, as Ivybridge replied with tries of their own and scored in the last few seconds of the game to tie the scores.
Devonport Services...29 Newquay...0
DEVONPORT Services under-18s eased to comfortable victory on their home debut.
The Services girls, who were previously known as Plymouth Albion, quickly took control of the game, with a try from fly-half Daisy Fahey.
That was followd by a second from centre Amber Barnicoat, who cut a fine line and sliced the opposition defence to touch down under the posts.
Great support play enabled Ruby Lee to add a third just before half-time after an elusive run by Fahey.
In the second period Newquay fought back strongly but were never a match for an inspired Services team. Lauren Jewell scored a deserved, well-worked try with Taylor Gill also powering over from five-yards after a quick tap penalty for Daisy Fahey to add her second conversion of the match.
Devonport Services...20 Newquay...12
DEVONPORT Services, playing their first home fixtures and in their new Royal Navy-donated strip, produced a great comeback to beat Newquay.
Services made a slow start and Newquay scored early two tries from their pacey winger.
Services began to play with growing surety and after strong forward play and from a resulting scrum, scrum-half Cloe Waterfield ran in a try to get Services back in the game at 12-5, the score at half-time.
After the break, Servcies, with the front-row of Beth Little, Chloe Black and Jess Thomas all carrying the ball well and with Tegan Lee and Ellie Gilbert making impressive debuts, took control.
Summer Rawlins scored a well-taken unconverted try to reduce the deficit to two points.
Then Waterfield scored again in the corner after a fine running and passing team effort from their own 22.
And to cap a fine performance, Rawlins scored a second try.
SERVICES' girls are back in action at The Rectory/Stonehouse Creek this Sunday afternoon at 2pm against Exeter Saracens and Tavistock. Supporters and new girls welcome.
Any girls interested in playing should visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/devonportservices/ or contact Tammy Gill on 07794 368227