Kingsbridge travelled to table topping Weston Super Mare and if they needed any reminding how hard this division is going to be they came away in no doubt. But they also came away with their spirit and courage very much intact. In a game that saw them beaten 53-14 they showed all the pluck that will surely soon lead to points on the board.
Still lacking some important 1st teamers, a young Kings side played their part in an attractive game. Weston are not top by chance, they have strengthened their squad from last season and have serious talent in both pack and backs. Their forwards totally dominated the scrums and their backs showed cohesion and pace. Kings, with the outstanding Merrin and the effervescent Trout, played with heart and for long periods of the game held their own.
Kings shocked the home side with a try straight from the kick off. Weston’s clearance was charged down allowing Rayworth to touch down and Jones adding the conversion. Weston went on the attack and scored 34 un-answered points, 21 of which came in a devastating 15-minute period which rocked Kings back. But to their credit they regrouped and more than held their own for the remainder of the half until Jones was yellow carded, which resulted in a penalty leaving Weston 27-7 ahead. Kings then squandered the chance to take an easy 3 points from a penalty in front of the posts electing to go for the corner from which they failed to take advantage. Weston rounded off the half with a try and another conversion made from an impeccable display of kicking from the Weston 10. Half time Weston 34 – Kingsbridge 7.
The second half was much more competitive with Kingsbridge realising that they could compete with Weston. The visitors line out started to work well even stealing from the home side. Scrums still remained an issue but clearly words from the ever combative Glover got Kings believing in themselves and put Weston under pressure and it was no surprise to see them score a fine try, after an initial break by Buckle, Rayworth went over in the corner for his second. Jones converted from the touch line. 34-14. Back came Weston with a fine individual try from their wing 39-14. A sustained period of pressure from Kings resulted in a yellow card for Weston for taking down the maul. Kings kept the pressure on and looked to be heading for a score when a telegraphed pass to the wing saw Weston intercept and race away for another try and conversion. 46-14. Finally, the Weston scrum domination turned into more points as they scored a final push over try leaving the final score at 53-14.
Kings will come away from the game chastened but should take plenty of heart, their start in South West One has seen them playing some of the best teams in the league and there will be many teams who come away from Weston with bigger defeats behind them.
This weekend sees Kingsbridge travel to face Chard in the league whilst the A XV entertain Torquay at High House at 3pm. Kingsbridge Colts welcome Teignmouth Colts to the Longfield Pitch at 2.30pm in the Devon Colts Merit Table.