KINGSBRIDGE 60 points TIVERTON 8

KINGSBRIDGE put the disappointment of two successive league losses behind them as they welcomed Tiverton to High House on Saturday and despite falling behind 7-8 in the opening quarter, turned on the style during the rest of the game with a 10-try scoring spree.

Tiverton had opened the scoring in the 7th minute as they were awarded a penalty for swearing in the Kingsbridge ranks, however only a minute later the Blue and Whites were ahead as centre Chris Canevali crossed over wide out on the overlap for the games opening try. Fellow centre Thom Leman added an excellent conversion to put the home side 7-3 ahead. Back came the visitors again with a try of their own on 14 minutes to retake the lead at 7-8.

Back came Kingsbridge again as forward pressure in the Tiverton 22 saw prop Mike Powell force his way over from close range to make it 12-8 with the successful conversion from Leman taking them further ahead at 14-8. On 25 minutes a break from Canevali into the Tiverton 22 saw him find flanker Ali Hamilton up in support and his excellent angle saw him race through unchallenged to score. Leman’s third conversion took the score out to 21-8. Shortly before the interval a fourth try from full back George Banfield brought up the bonus point, with Leman’s conversion taking the half time score to 28-8.

The beginning of the second half saw the hosts continue in the same way as they had finished the first. The half was barely a few minutes old when lock James Palmer took a great line through the centre channel before offloading to centre Leman who was able to race in unopposed to score under the posts. Leman converted his own try to push Kingsbridge out to 35-8. Leman then crossed over almost immediately for his second try as he took the inside pass from fellow centre Canevali to touch down in the corner to make it 40-8.

Try number seven came through the power of the forwards as they took the Tiverton pack back over their own line from a five metre scrum with number eight Freddie Buckle gaining the touchdown to make the score 45-8. Try number eight was not far away as lock Jack Cope intercepted a Tiverton attack in his own half and raced 50 yards to touchdown and bring up the 50 points.

Two further tries followed during the final quarter. The first of those saw Buckle breakthrough in the Tiverton 22 for his second try of the game and the final try saw scrum half James Trout run back a failed clearance kick from the under pressure Tiverton full back to score near the posts to complete the rout.

Kingsbridge A XV travelled to face Tiverton in a friendly with a strong team but just a bare 15 players. Like the 1st XV they left Tiverton in their wake as they scored seven tries in a commanding 7-47 victory.

Leading the charge was vice captain and flanker Dan Jarvis who crossed for two tries whilst further scores were added by wingers Adam Morgan and James Baker, centres Matt Hawkins and Nick Bidwell and number eight Jake Knight. Baker was also on target with six conversions.

This Saturday sees the 1st XV travel to face Falmouth in the league whilst both the A XV and Colts XV both have no matches this week.