KINGSBRIDGE A XV 53 points EXETER ENGINEERS Nil
KINGSBRIDGE A XV welcomed Exeter Engineers to High House in the Devon Merit Table on Saturday and produce one of their strongest performances of the season in comprehensively disposing of the visitors in a nine try rout.
The hosts opened the scoring after just six minutes as pressure from the home forwards took play into the Exeter half, from where slick hands in the back line saw fly half Thom Leman cross over wide out for a 5-0 lead. That lead was soon doubled to 10-0 as a five metre scrum saw the ball moved out to the back line where a fine break from centre Nick Bidwell took play to within two metres of the line for lock Sean Woodland to pick up and drive over for the score. Leman converted for 12-0.
Try number three arrived on the half hour where breaks by centre Bidwell and number eight Jake Knight saw them combine to put flanker Will Haddy away along the touchline to score in the corner. Whilst the conversion from wide out was missed this gave Kingsbridge a comfortable 17-0 lead going in the interval.
The second half opened with Kingsbridge being awarded a penalty which they put to within ten metres of the Engineers line and from here the forward took the catch at the line out and drove the visitors back over their own line with prop Stu Winzer gaining the touchdown. Leman again converted to increase the lead to 24-0. A similar move brought about the next try as the forwards took the ball to within ten metres of the visitor’s line before captain Dan Jarvis broke from the ruck and offloaded to number eight Jake Knight who forced his way over the line. The conversion was again successful to take the score to 32-0.
Try number six saw Kingsbridge take the scrum option after the visitors had given away a penalty and after Knight broke from the base of the scrum he fed the ball to scrum half Luke Williamson who crossed over wide out to make it 36-0. Knight then touched down for his second try of the game as the hosts drove the visitors back over their line at a five metre scrum and soon after he completed his hat trick as he went over on the end of a fine move from the backs. Leman added the conversion for 48-0.
The final try of the game was probably one of the best as a neat chip over the advancing Exeter defence in midfield saw replacement hooker Sid Walters-Symons run on to ball and juggle before gathering cleanly to touch down and take the hosts over the 50 point mark.
Man of the Match – Will Haddy.
This weekend sees 4th placed Kingsbridge resume their WCW league campaign with a trip to face 5th placed Wadebridge. Kingsbridge A XV travel to face Exmouth based Withycombe II’s in the Devon Merit Table whilst the Colts travel to face Exeter Youth in a friendly. There are no matches at High House on Saturday.