Kings headed to Brixham for a 3 way with a touring team from Alton, Hampshire.

With a blustering strong wind, the conditions were going to prove testing.

Brixham’s powerful forwards proved stronger in the ruck but a clearance kick gave Marcel the space he needed to out pace the defence to loop round to score.

Undeterred, the opposition tested King’s defence with some determined push and drive, turning over ball on numerous occasions.

When Kings did win ball they utilised their fast running backs but the strong winds made accurate passing difficult and there were several missed chances.

In the second half Alex Baker injected some much needed power into the scrum and Kings began to gain some momentum.

Picking up the ball at the back of the scrum Archie was just short of the line after a powerful run, but a solid tackle saw the ball spilled.

A break from Brixham took the ball half way before Marcel’s tackle saw Tom get there to turn over ball. It looked like Kings would be in but Brixham reorganised their defence to thwart their efforts.

Kings were upping the tempo now, with Harrison making another try for the line but he was unable to find his way through.

The last five minutes saw Brixham scrambling their defence time after time and it was sheer determination that saw Ivor wriggle through to score, dually converted by Tom.

A well placed kick from Otis put Kings right inside their 22 for the last few minutes but the score remained the same.

Brixham 0 – 12 Kingsbridge

 

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After a brief break, Kings took to the pitch to face Alton for another testing game.

Kings were quick out of the blocks, testing Alton with a bowling run through from Alex Baker. It was Rob Stevens who took the opportunity of a gap in defence to show the visitors Kings’ intent.

After a break in play for an injury, Alton came out with renewed determination, to put the score at 7 -5.

Kings stepped up a gear now, with a scrum in Alton’s 22, piling on the pressure to allow Ivor to burst through to score, giving Tom a fairly straight forward kick to convert in front of the posts.

Alton replied with some solid rugby but the likes of Niall and Moj put in some crunching tackles.

Perhaps the late night synonymous with touring meant Alton could not find a response for King’s persistence.

Kingsbridge 14 – 5 Alton

Alton coaches commented on the difference between Devon and Hampshire rugby, impressed by the physicality and skill the teams had shown.