KRFC’s U15’s Team Spirit Triumphs in Devilish Display at Devonport
Devonport 5 – KRFC 17
What a terrific match against a feisty and hard working Devonport team!
This was the second contest of the season between these evenly matched outfits and Devonport were keen to avenge a narrow QF defeat. Despite the competitive nature of the game Devonport graciously gave a player to Kingsbridge, who arrived with only 14, the team was very grateful to Devonport and Fred who played very well.
The first half saw Devonport put Kings under significant pressure and they came very close to scoring on several occasions. With the strong wind against them the whole team had to hunker down and defend like extras in 300. ‘No-one shall pass!!’ came the call from the front row Spartans and no-one did. Even the backs got stuck in as wave after wave of Devonport aggression was repelled. ‘How did they do it?’ said Fran on the touchline – for once even Errol had no answer…
The scrum was strong and the back line held up too, with some excellent tackles from Ethan, in his best game ever in a blue shirt, and Beno as well as great mini breaks from Seb and Ed. The defenders came up fast and prevented many attacking moves from gaining momentum as Toby and Fred chased about the park to great effect.
So, after 30 mins of 100% effort from both sides the score was even at 0-0.
It was Devonport that started fresher in the second half, off loading well and securing the ball as they marched up the pitch. After 7 or 8 phases their work was rewarded with a score with the conversion narrowly missed.
Rather than capitulate under the strain of going behind the blues became energized. Ryan hit the catcher hard from the KO and, with Lewis and Jamie powering behind, the ball was won back. There was some excellent interplay between the forwards and backs and Beno crossed the line to wild applause from the visiting hordes.
Haydn was excellent in his kicking play and pinned the home team back in their 22. The blue tails were up and a steely determination came over the team with Doddy working hard at the breakdown and Jordan playing his best game of the season. Another try was inevitable and after some ball skills that would bring a smile even to Joel’s face it was Lewis who crossed the line to put Kings ahead for the first time. The conversion was successful, 5-12 the score with 5 mins to go..
Max and Marcus exemplified the grit shown by the whole team as Devonport came back and were within inches of leveling the match.
The best was yet to come as, with Devonport camped in the kings 22, Lewis broke through and stole the ball in the lineout and charged up the pitch. He popped up to Ryan who set off as if at Pamplona, before delivering a lovely long pass to Fred who moved it on to Jamie to make the final dash for the corner, pursued by half of Plymouth. What a score!!!
The conversion was missed but no one cared as the final whistle went. The game was played at a super high tempo but with great respect and sportsmanship from both teams. Roll on next week!