Kings U16 win Devon RFU Plate Final
Stalwart Captain Ben Woods led Kings Under 16’s out for the biggest game of the season last Sunday against a physically imposing Barnstaple team. Early nerves got the better of the blue and whites as Barum piled on the pressure with hard running forwards bashing against the Kingsbridge rocks. Finally an infringement at the base of the ruck gave Banstaple the opportunity to take the lead with a well taken kick.
This was quickly followed by a try as the route one game plan by driving forwards was difficult to stop. Kingsbridge forwards led by multi tackling dynamo Lewis Dustan and hardworking Jordan Perring rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in. Kings backs could not find their mojo but team tackling was immense and even with one man down there were no other scores at half time.
Barnstaple started the second half like the first but slowly the tide started to turn. One off big tackles by Dan Tucker and Harry Way forced turnover ball. Sid Niblett and James Tait got some momentum at the base of the scrum and gaps started to appear. Petroc Brown soaring in the line out won some crucial possession but yet againvDevon Jewsbury was the player who forced the ball over in the far corner to get Kings a try and a swing in momentum.
With their tails up and the backs starting to create gaps through Ollie Wotton in the centre and Sam West on the wing a well worked move released Devon to sprint through the defence and score a second try which Will Throgmorton duly converted. Ryan Gotch and Jamie Broadfoot looked perfectly at home competing against older and bigger players and every fit squad member got on the pitch at some point.
An exciting last five minutes followed as Barnstaple applied more pressure but despite being down to 14 men again Kingsbridge held on for an exhausting and tense win.