Pictures: Junior rugby round-up from in and around Plymouth
IN FREEZING conditions, Tavistock paid for a slow start against a well-organised Ivybridge team.
Tavvy struggled to get going and slick handling and good ball retention at the breakdown saw the home side score four tries inside the first half.
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The visitors did manage to get on the scoreboard at the end of the half with a try from Ben Milligan.
And Tavistock started the second half much brighter and on the occasions that they did secure good ball their backline looked to run.
This led to scores for James Lewis and Bernie Sadler. Ivybridge, however, were in no mood to let Tavvy back into this game and some further good linking play between forwards and backs led to them scoring two further tries.
But Tavistock kept battling and managed to make the score a bit more respectable with Ethan Lamerton scoring after exchanging passes with Ben Milligan.
DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...19 Devonport Services...7
A MARCUS Woodruff try sealed victory for Stonehouse Sharks in a match against near neighbours Devonport Services.
Services stepped in to offer Sharks a game after the Stonehouse side's scheduled trip to Okehampton was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
The game started well for Sharks, with Zack Harris being the first to react to the ball spilled out of a scrum on half way. He picked up, stepped the full-back and scored a good individual try, which was converted by Lewis Swatton.
Services immediately responded with a try of their own.
Just before half-time Sharks' Woodruff broke from a maul and showed his power to force his way to the line.
The second half was much the same with defences holding strong for both teams.
This proved to be a war of attrition for both sides throughout the remainder of the half and, even though the game was end to end, eventually one side would have to yield; and so it was as just before the final whistle Woodruff found a gap in the Services' defence to run in his second try and kill off the game.
Devonport Services...49 Teignmouth...7
DEVONPORT Services recovered from a slow start to comfortably overcome Teignmouth.
Services looked visibly shocked as Teignmouth took a well-deserved lead, scoring from kick-off.
Suitably stunned Services were fired up and within minutes balanced the score with a perfect try from Tom Pyne, followed up with a conversion from Toby Fisher.
Jack Tompkins, Elliot Hill and Albert Slade were constantly on top of the visitors as they tried to break through Services' defence, while man-of-the-match Liam Jarvis produced some textbook tackles.
Devan Marshall, Jonah Moore, Reece Bartlett and Paddy Hutchins worked hard to get a second try.
Marshall was rewarded with a spectacular run and putting Services 14-7 up at half-time.
After the break Callum Weir made it look easy as he pushed through the defence to score. His effort was quickly followed by Harry Groves who put in a great finish after taking the ball from Jonah Moore.
Jack Winsor completed a hat-trick in the final few minutes of the game. Fisher scored all the conversions.
Plymstock Albion Oaks...0 DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...31
SHARKS claimed victory over a spirited Plymstock side in a game that was more competition than the final scoreline suggests.
Toby Moss opened the score earlier in the game with a well-worked try.
And from the restart Shark's centre Lewis Andrews showed a clean pair of heels after some good defence by his team to score a second try.
Oaks fought back with a great run by flanker Regan Spencer but he was eventually stopped in his tracks by Sean Brown.
Andrews ran the length of the pitch to score a third try – and his second – which was successfully converted by Moss.
More great tackling from the Oaks kept the Sharks backs at bay but a long pass from Brown to Joseph Lynch resulted in a fourth try from Brandon Wilton which was converted by Andrews.
Andrews claimed his hat-trick after good play by Tom Hind, Josh Lynch and Finlay Salter. Moss added the extras.
Oaks fought back hard and the Sharks attack was stopped in its tracks following a great tackle by George Dunn and equally strong defence from the remainder of his team-mates.
Despite a valiant attacking effort from Oaks they were thwarted by some excellent defensive tackling by the Sharks.
DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...35 Liskeard-Looe...20
SHARKS emerged victorious in a fantastic game of rugby on a freezing but dry day.
The first half went Sharks way thanks to some great rucking and quick passing.
They opened the scoring after joint man-of-the-match Ben Foster single handidly pushed back four of the opposition in the ruck. Some quick thinking by Phoebe Bishop saw the ball passed out to Neo Ruston to score.
Harrison Truswell added another try after good play by Toby Lean.
Ruston added a second try after Ethan Hodge ripped the ball off the visitors at a line-out and off-loaded down the line.
A zigzagging run from the Sharks' Finlay Nicol saw him beat a number of Liskeard defenders to increase the lead for the home side before. Truswell got a fifth try for Sharks on the stroke of half-time.
The second half proved harder for Sharks with Liskeard upping their game and seemingly getting their long, early journey out of their system.
The visitors opened the half with two tries in a row.
But Sharks fought back and a lightning pitch-length run by Aaron Duffield resulted in a try, before the visitors cancelled it out with a score of their own.
Ruston bagged his hat-trick thanks to good work by Tommy Woodward and Foster Parker.
In the last few seconds of the game Liskeard had the final say as they worked the ball over the line to score a consolation try.
Tavistock...10 Devonport Services...15
DEVONPORT Services claimed a well-deserved win over Tavistock in the first of two matches.
Tavistock had dominated games between these sides in previous seasons, but Services were on a par with them this time, despite conceding first.
Services levelled the game when Callum Goss was fed the ball and used his bulk to drive through the Tavistock defence. From the restart, Services controlled play with Ollie Harrison constantly in the thick of it.
But Tavistock picked up the ball from near their own try line, ran the length of the pitch and scored to lead the game 10-5.
The half-time whistle arrived after Matt Richards was just caught as he bolted towards the try line and ushered into touch.
An eventful second half saw attacks from each team met with resilient defence from the opposing team.
Services scrummaging was superior and this was the main difference between the two teams.
It took the quick thinking of Matt Richards to twice intercept the ball during Tavistock attack and run in tries to overturn the first half deficit, his last coming at the end of the game. This was a well-deserved Services victory.
TAVISTOCK got their revenge in the second match after Services had made a large number of substitutions.
The fresh legs for Services worked wonders at the start and they scored a quick try after Wolaniec picked up from a ruck.
But Tavistock hit back straight away to even the score at 5-5.
Tavvy then dominated the scrum and scored next.
But Services levelled the match just before half-time when Wolaniec sold a dummy after collecting the ball and scored.
Tavistock started the second half strongly to run in the first try of the period and not long after, scored again to make it 20-10.
Woleniac replied straight from the restart to make it 20-15.
Services continued to defend and surged forwards when the chance arose but another Tavvy score killed the fight back.
The full time whistle blew with Tavistock the winners.
DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...7 Salcombe...4 (score in tries)
ON A bitterly cold morning the Sharks were on fire against Salcombe, erasing last week's defeat at Ivybridge.
Sharks were back on form with good defence and attack as James Ferriman opened the scoring.
Salcombe were quick to reply but the Sharks, with their fast game bagged another three as tries came flooding in from Ben Dolphin (2) and one from Ethan Murray to make the score 4-2 at half-time.
The visitors responded well after the break and were quickly on the scoreboard with the first try of the second half.
However, not to be outdone, Sharks fought back with Jacob Gaskin crossing the line to re-establish the two-try cushion.
Salcombe answered back with one more, but Sharks weren't done yet as Gaskin and Murray both scored one each before the final whistle was blown.
Daniel Johns put in a masterful display to earn plaudits and justify his man of the match award.
DHSOB Stonehouse Sharks...7 Salcombe...3 (score in tries)
THE second match saw the Sharks continue on their winning streak.
Tries came rolling in from Ben Dolphin, Charlie Hall and James Ferriman.
Salcombe, trying desperately to catch up, scored two of their own to leave things on a knife edge at the interval.
After a well-deserved water break Sharks just kept biting with Dolphin scoring a hat-trick and Jacob Gaskin claiming one. Salcombe's perseverance got them another but it was too little, too late as the match ended with another victory for the Sharks.
Kingsbridge...8 Plymstock Albion Oaks...19 (score in tries)
PLYMSTOCK proved too sharp for hosts Kingsbridge on a cold winter's day.
Josh Waters capitalised on a home error to opened the scoring with his first of a hat-trick of tries.
From the restart, the home side passed the ball well as the tags were being made, this time resulting in a well worked try for Kingsbridge.
Taylor Gocher bagged a hat-trick and Josh Haymen crossed the line five times after some direct running through the defence.
The first-half was end to end as both teams attacked and defended solidly, but Oaks took advantage of some loose ball to go into the break 9-5 in front.
Oaks started the second-half strongly but Kingsbridge battled on, tagging strongly. Paul Mears-Baldwin positioned himself well to support his team-mates in the second half to score a total of seven tries. Some accurate passing allowed Oaks to get the upper hand in the second half to run out 19-8 winners.
Kingsbridge...8 Plymstock Albion Oaks....16 (score in tries)
THERE was also no stopping Oaks in the second match against Kingsbridge.
Jarrod Irving scored a try in his player-of-the-match performance. His determination shone throughout the team.
Kiera Haymen had a great game and she was rewarded with four tries and James Pullan scoring the same amount.
Dan Brookes supported well and attacked strongly to be rewarded with seven tries in total. Kingsbridge battled on to the end taking tag after tag and scoring some great tries of their own, but Oaks ended up 16-8 winners
Devonport Services...24 Exeter Saracens...42
SERVICES gave their visitors a hard-fought encounter on the main Rectory pitch but paid for a slow start.
Saracens to run in three early unanswered scores.
But Services dug deep with Daisy Fahey orchestrating things from fly-half and opening the home side's account.
Ruby Lee added a second after rampaging through Saracens defence.
Saracens responded with a fine solo try by Chelsea Chamberlain.
Services prop Jessica Parkes made several strong runs and with tireless tackling from Siobhan McCourt and Taylor Gill powering over from a slick blindside move Saracens knew they were in for a battle.
Late tries took Saracens out of sight but the score line was not a true reflection of the closeness of the game.
There was an outstanding debut by winger Abbiy Donoghue with elusive runs and never say die tackling bodes well for the future and epitomised the performance
Devonport Services...12 Exeter Saracens...20
SERVICES Girls had their usual slow start and conceded two early tries to Exeter to go 10-0 down.
But once they started passing the ball, Services got into their stride.
Some strong runs from Grace Atwill at fly-half and Mia Lawrence from inside centre saw Services score a try from the latter which she converted to reduce the arrears to just three points.
Confidence was gaining but Services were hit when the Exeter full-back broke a couple of tackles to score from inside her own 22.
After sustained pressure by Services, Lawrence scored again but missed her conversion to cut the gap to 15-12.
Services were chasing the game and from a scrum close to their own try line an attempted clearing kick was charged down and Exeter scored what proved to be the final score of the game.
Devonport Services...26 Tavistock/Launceston...0
IN THEIR second game of the afternoon Services dominated from the start and scored four to see off a combined team from Tavistock and Launceston.
Strong performances from the whole team with improved ball handling and strong driving runs from all, saw Ellen Lloyd (2),Grace Atwill and Mia Lawrence score the tries with the latter adding three conversions.
The visitors were on the back foot for almost the whole game.
Summer Rawlins, as captain, again led from the front and Grace Atwill growing into her new role at number 10 and Hannah Leonard also impressed.