With a man of the match performance from Jake Vincent, who crossed for a hat trick of tries, Kingsbridge continued their recent high scoring form with a 25-43 victory over recently promoted Falmouth
Kingsbridge started magnificently and played with style and purpose. Totally dominant in the loose the pack were making hard yards all over the pitch and it wasn’t long before lock James Palmer went over under the posts. Centre Thom Leman added the extras for a 0-7 lead. Full back George Banfield then broke clear and from an ensuing maul hooker Jake Vincent went over for his first try of the game to make it 0-12.
Falmouth hit back with a long-range penalty to reduce the deficit to 3-12. The visitors third try was the pick of the match, slick passing put winger Jack Evans clear with a run in under the posts. Leman converted again to make it 3-19. Kingsbring kept pilling on the pressure but were wasteful and often penalised, they certainly seemed to be on the wrong side of the referee for much of the game as they gave away penalty after penalty. A series of fine breaks with winger Alex Allen to the fore put Palmer clear again who offloaded to Leman who crossed for the try. In the absence of skipper Ben Glover, Chris Canevali and Leman are forming a fine centre partnership. Falmouth scored an opportunist try as they intercepted to leave the half time score 8-24.
The second half started as the first, Kingsbridge totally dominant with Vincent breaking free to score his second. Leman converted again to increase the lead to 8-31. Again, a clean break saw Banfield over to keep the scoreboard ticking over at 8-36. A penalty resulted in fly half Ben Newman kicking Kings into the home sides 22 and from the resulting lineout a fine catch and drive saw Vincent over for his third score to stretch Kingsbridge out to a 35-point lead.
The rest of the half Kingsbridge were nowhere at their best. Lack of concentration and missed tackles allowed Falmouth to score three tries to take the score to the final 25-43 score. A win on the road is always welcome but Kingsbridge will know that they have to stop going AWOL for periods if they are to push for promotion. It could and should have been a more comprehensive win as Kingsbridge allowed Falmouth back into the game for the last half an hour, conceding three unanswered tries.
This weekend see Kingsbridge return to action at High House for the visit of Torquay at 2.30pm whilst the A XV travel to face Torquay II’s in the Devon Merit Table. Kingsbridge Colts have no game on Saturday but welcome Launceston Colts to High House on Sunday afternoon in the National Colts Cup.