Kingsbridge Under 12’s – Devon Festival Report

The Kings travelled to Devonport for the Devon Under 12 tournament, full of optimism following their recent runners up spot at the Trevor Ward festival.

With strong winds and rain forecast, the organisers enacted a wet weather plan that meant that matches were truncated to eight minutes only, with no half time. It was clear from the off that the Kings would need to be on their game from the first whistle with such limited game time available.

Cullompton were the first group opposition, and it wasn’t long until Kingsbridge took the lead through a try from Callum in the corner. The Kings didn’t let up, and sharp work from Joe at scrum-half led to the opposition spilling the ball over their own line, where Louis pounced to double the lead. As time ran out, Kingsbridge pushed for one more score, with Noah eventually crossing to make the final score 15-0 to Kings.

Next up were Okehampton, and again Kings were quick out of the starting blocks. Tries quickly followed for Noah, Callum and Domi, and once again, the Kings won by three tries. As group winners, the team progressed to the cup quarter final stage, where tough opposition in Topsham awaited.

Having won close games against the opposition twice this season, Kings knew this would be no easy match, and so it proved to be. Topsham were well drilled and determined in defence, and the Kings found themselves penned in their own half. The pressure told, and an interception by Topsham led to the opening score of the game. With time limited, Kings threw everything forward, and soon found themselves camped near the Topsham line. But despite their best efforts, the defence proved too strong, and the final whistle went on the narrowest of defeats for the Kings.