Last Sunday Kingsbridge RFU under 11s made the cross county trip to play the self named Launceston All Blacks. Having been mildly humiliated by their hosts version of a Haka which mainly consisted of some deft pasty juggling! the Kings soon got into their stride. Some impressive fluid cross field passing between Max Ferguson, Rhys Stevens, and Ben Walryn should have bagged Kingsbridge 3 try’s within the first 5 minutes, however the All Blacks held firm. Max however wasn’t to be deterred and he threaded and danced his way through some non existent gaps to open the scoring. W
ith Otis Morgan marshalling the strong defence of Sally Jepson, Matthew Hill, Jago Wilson and Tom Partridge, it wasn’t long before a maul instigated by Harry Rodwell allowed Rhys to get number 2. This was quickly followed by Rhys’s second which came from a strong run after a great offload from Otis. The final try of the half came from substitute and new secret weapon ‘Juggernaut’ Joe Johnson, who powered over the line with 4 All Blacks floundering in his wake. Special mention goes to other newcomer Louis Papenfus who continues to prove to be a welcome addition to the squad.
A second Kingsbridge 10 were fielded for the second half, captained by George Royle. Full back Stan Gerrard was denied his first try of the season as it was deemed to be a double movement. Minutes later however Jayden Bacon was more successful at the opposite wing to score his first try. Some great scrum half action from Finley Roberts released Archie Mckenzie who made it two. Some nimble footwork in defence by other new comer Harry Jones and strong support from Oliver Dudley allowed Archie to bag his brace. Stan then made amends for his earlier denial, and 3 trademark try’s from Pip Burton Race and a final great try from Josh Perret concluded the proceedings.
A great mornings rugby, hosted well and played in great spirits.
Kingsbridge 11. Launceston 0