KINGSBRIDGE 15 points TORQUAY 11
A win is a win and this was Kingsbridge’s third on the bounce to maintain their strong placed position tucked in nicely behind the leaders in the WCW league. As matches go this one against Torquay at High House on Saturday was not one of the most entertaining of games but four points is four points and Kingsbridge will be grateful to come out of this one on the positive side.
The hosts had been forced into several re-selections during the days preceding the match due to injuries and illnesses. Several other positional changes were also made and these combined to make the side look totally different to the past couple of matches and may have played a part in the below par performance on the pitch.
The hosts had opened the scoring after only 10 minutes as a penalty was put into the corner and with line out possession secured the Kingsbridge pack drove the visitors back over their own line for the games opening try with flanker Ali Hamilton gaining the touchdown amid the pile of bodies.
There was no further addition to the score until the half hour mark when Torquay brought the scores level with a try of their own. From a scrum in front of the Kingsbridge posts the ball was shipped out to the right where they touched down wide out on the overlap. The visitors added a penalty on 38 minutes to put Torquay 5-8 ahead.
On the stroke of half time a Kingsbridge line out, ten metres from the Torquay line, saw the ball moved to lock and Captain for the day James Palmer, who broke through the Torquay defence to touch down near the posts for the home side’s second try. Full back Thom Leman added the conversion to put Kingsbridge back in front at 12-8 – a lead they held until the interval.
The second half was a somewhat drab affair with neither side showing much continuity or invention in somewhat trying conditions. Torquay closed the gap to 12-11 with a penalty for offside midway through the half before Kingsbridge’s Thom Leman replied in kind with his second successful kick of the afternoon to re-establish the home sides four point lead at 15-11.
Not a great game to look back on but with a number of players missing the hosts will be delighted to have come through this one without further addition to the injury list or loss of points in the table.
Kingsbridge A XV travelled to face Merit Table leaders Torquay II’s buoyed by recent strong performances over Withycombe, Topsham and Tiverton and continued their strong run with a convincing 30-43 win on the English Riviera.
The visitors travelled with a strong squad of players and crossed over for six tries – Number 8 Jake Knight (2), flanker Will Haddy (2), lock Tom Darke and centre Stu Robinson with full back James Baker adding 5 conversions and a penalty.
This weekend sees Kingsbridge with a weekend break from the league. Kingsbridge A XV meanwhile will entertain Exeter Engineers in the Merit Table on the High House pitch at 2.30pm and the Colts entertain Cullompton Colts on the Longfield Pitch at 2.00pm.