KINGSBRIDGE A XV 57 points PLYMSTOCK ALBION OAKS II 18
KINGSBRIDGE A XV welcomed Plymstock Albion Oaks to High House for a Devon Merit Table clash keen to get back to winning ways after their loss at Topsham the previous week.
The visitors arrived short of players so, once again in the true spirit of the Merit Table, Kingsbridge loaned players throughout the game to try to even up the numbers. Five Kingsbridge players took turns in playing for the visitors and ironically two of those scored two of the Oaks three tries.
Kingsbridge caught the visitors off guard straight from the kick off and had opened the scoring after less than a minute as winger TJ Lang crossed over for the first try. The conversion from fly half Billy Burner saw the hosts open up a 7-0 lead. In the fourth minute Kingsbridge had doubled their lead as hooker Sid Walters-Symons forced his way through the defence to touch down following a five metre line out. Burner was again on target to make it 14-0.
In the eighth minute the visitors opened their account with their first score as Kingsbridge player Ollie Beattie outstripped the Kingsbridge defence, whilst playing for the visitors, to win the race to his own kick ahead to score. The successful conversion made the score 14-7 and a penalty from the visitors shortly afterwards closed the gap further to 14-10.
The hosts third try saw fly half Burner break the back line Oaks defence in mid field to break clear but he got hauled down with the try line beckoning. Winger James Oggelsby was up in support and was able to take the scoring pass to touch down under the posts. Burner converted again for 21-10.
Another Oaks penalty reduced the deficit to 21-13 before Kingsbridge pulled away again with the fourth try. A break from Walter-Symons in midfield following a line out saw him find lock Max Rawlinson up in support and he broke the final line of defence to race clear and touch down. Burner’s fourth conversion took the score to 28-13. The hosts were still not done for the first half and crossed over for a fifth try as winger Oggelsby was put clear on the overlap by Burner to take the score to 33-13 at the interval.
Early in the second half Kingsbridge extended their lead with their sixth try as a break along the top touchline from winger Oggelsby saw him find scrum half Jack Evans up in support to take the scoring pass. The conversion, from Burner, hit the upright but the score now stood at 38-13.Try number seven, which took the score out to 43-13, saw replacement Will Hurst force his way over the line before scrum half Evans scored his second as he weaved his way through following a line out on the ten metre line. Burner’s fifth successful conversion of the match saw the hosts bring up the fifty points.
Winger Lang pounced on a loose ball in his own 22 before showing the Oaks defence a clean pair of heels to race seventy yards to touch down in the bottom corner and the excellent touchline conversion from Burner saw Kingsbridge lead 57-13. The final try of the game was scored by the visitors – well sort of – as Kingsbridge player Tristan Couch, playing in the centre, forced his way over from a ruck five metres from the Kingsbridge line to complete the scoring at 57-18.