Topsham U16’s 35 – Kingsbridge U16’s 5
Kingsbridge travelled once again to Topsham for this week’s Fisherman’s Cup fixture. Kings did have a full squad this time but the Topsham lads had not got any smaller since last weekend. Topsham kicked off and it was obvious from the start that Kings were not going to let them have it all their own way this week. However despite keeping Topsham in their own half for the first ten minutes the opposition made a brake and although Olly Wotton made a valiant tackle on the wing the tackled player skilfully offloaded to allow his team mate to run in the try.
The battle continued as the fearless Kingsbridge forwards constantly made ground with some good rucking and driving mauls but the team were unable to convert this into points. A surprise turnover ball by Topsham caught Kings off-guard and through missed tackles and a good running line Topsham went two converted tries ahead. Once again Kings were on the attack and a sneaky dummy pass by Max Howard enabled him to make good ground but was stopped on the 10 metre line. The moment had gone and half time was called.
The second half started badly for Kings as the repositioned players didn’t seem to realise that they had actually started and allowed Topsham to score three soft tries in about as many minutes. Kings eventually switched on and got their fighting spirit back pinning Topsham back in their own half. The backs were able to make use of the good rucking ball that the forwards provided and Devon Jewsbury battled through the Topsham defence to put Kingsbridge on the score board. This was a superb game of rugby to watch and the score did not represent the closeness of the game.