Brixham inflict rare defeat on Ivybridge
BRIXHAM travelled to take on a Ivybridge side who had previously lost only once this season and returned with a 26-7 win.
Brixham took an early lead through the impressive Jordan Kennard and dominated from then on. The forwards were superior to the opposition with Lewis Sharam and skipper Dylan Ravenscroft in an unforgiving mood. It was the powerhouse Toby Goatman who got the second try which Sam White converted.
Good midfield play by Tom Dawe and White ensured that Ivybridge could get no where near the line.
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Brixham completed the half with a great try from scrum half Maitland Criddle. He beat four tackles on his way to the line. White converted for a deserved 19-0 half time lead.
Ivybridge used the slope and wind after the break to score a deserved try. Neither side gave an inch until the final minutes when a great run from White was stopped in the corner. From the resulting line out a penalty was awarded to Brixham and it was Kennard who finished the game as a contest. White converted and it was game over.
SEASON LONG unbeaten records were at stake when Torquay travelled to Plymstock Albion Oaks.
Something had to give and it was the hosts who drew first blood scoring two converted tries to lead 14-0. Torquay's lack of game time showed and they were under the cosh from Plymstock's huge pack. But as the half progressed man of the match Thomas Roberts, Nathan Snape and Elliot Robinson started to compete well at the breakdown.
Concerted pressure brought a deserved try for Josh Lovell, converted by Harrison Gill. A fine opportunity to draw level was lost when the ball was spilled over the line.
Plymstock then rumbled up the pitch to score in the corner.
The second half was an even affair with some thunderous hits going in from both sides. In the final minute Plymstock secured a deserved victory with a final try taking advantage of some tired Torquay defending.
Torquay are unlikely to meet a bigger, more physical team this season and can be well pleased with their efforts in defeat.
STRUCK by sickness, a weakened Brixham headed off to Ivybridge and lost 38-14.
Ivybridge used the strength of the well drilled forwards to good effect by claiming two early tries.
Another two well worked tries from Ivybridge brought the first half to a close 24-0 in favour of the home side.
Some positional changes at half-time brought Brixham back into contention at the scrums and they were much better at the breakdown.
Ivy notched up one more try before Brixham finally managed to score. Ben Mortimer tussled towards the line with his forwards driving on, but it was Alfie Jarvis who fought to the floor to ground the ball.
Back came Ivybridge to claim another but Brixham finished off the scoring to level the second half after a rolling maul brought the young Fishermen from defence to the halfway line. Jarvis secured good ball for Archie Hodge, who peeled off and sprinted down the touchline avoiding the last gasp tackles to score.
NEWTON ABBOT enjoyed a productive morning in Totnes as they comfortably beat their hosts 63-0.
Tots pressed hard for the first few minutes but after Olly Blakeman had opened the All Whites account with a touchline sprint to the line, the visitors assumed full control.
Picking up the loose ball following a scrum, Blakeman soon notched his second and a hat trick followed moments after Jacob Gale had crashed over the line from a tap penalty.
Blakeman's fourth try came after the break and was sandwiched between two excellent scores by Lewis Smith who on each occasion returned Tots' defensive kicks with interest.
The Totnes forwards generally had the measure of the visitors in the scrums but thanks to Davey, Newton fared better in the line out and after the ball was won in Tots' half, Joe Camilleri ran through several opponents to score his first try for the All Whites.
Ben Schafer had rucked prodigiously for Newton and as the game neared its conclusion, he was first to a breakdown once more, which allowed quick ball to be switched from Riley Hutchinson to Harry Langabeer for the final try of the match. Longrigg knocked over his ninth conversion as the visitors completed an easy win.
IT'S been a long wait for the Cherries who had not played since Christmas. They hosted Newton Abbot and came out on top 25-10.
Captain Harry Nappier pushed his team forward, scoring a try in the first half.
Joshua Gillard played an excellent game scoring two in the first half and one in the second. And man of match Bradley Green also touched down.
Reece Faux also played well and was unlucky to have two tries disallowed.
TORQUAY made the long trip to Plymouth Albion Oaks and came away with two big wins.
Lewis Crocker opened the scoring quickly followed by Owen-Lee Provins. Oaks scored one of their own but Callum Crocker and Owen-Lee Provins both crossed to give Torquay an advantage. Oaks scored just before half time but then Harry Sutton added another for Torquay giving a half time score of 25-10.
In the second half the tries came thick and fast for Tics. Owen-Lee Provins scored a second half hat-trick, while great defence from man of the match Charlie Doolan and captain Ethan Bradshaw-Price kept Torquay out in front.
Other try scorers in this half were Callum Crocker, Harry Sutton, Benjamin Woodward and Lewis Crocker.
In a second game Torquay started in the same vein and were 25-5 up by half time. Some good tackling from Joe Snape kept Oaks at bay. Try scorers in this half were Owen-Lee Provins, Callum Crocker, Charlie Doolan, Harry Sutton and Lewis Crocker. In the second half Torquay kept up the pressure Torquay scorers in the final half were Harry Sutton (2), Owen-Lee Provins (2) and Lewis Crocker. The final score was 50-10 to Torquay.
WITH an enviable record of only a single loss all season, the trip to play Ivybridge by the Brixham was always going to be a tall order.
The two teams produced a great display of end to end rugby with the hosts edging it 20-15, only after Brixham were denied a last ditch scoring opportunity. Brixham tries were scored by Spencer Jarvis (2) and Luke Noakes. For his vast improvement in recent weeks the 'player of the week' title went to James Stocks.
A second game was played for the remainder of the two squads. This turned out to be a real hum-dinger.
With the ball being re-circulated quickly, the Brixham speed merchants were released for eight tries. The first was scored by Soli Brady, soon followed by Megan Daniels and then, marking his welcome return to the team after a two year absence, young Marsden Criddle ran in six tries! The final score was an eight try draw.
Next week Brixham welcome touring side, Keynsham to Astley Park.
NEWTON ABBOT continued their recent run of good results on Sunday when they travelled to Paignton, coming away with a victory and a draw.
Game one saw Newton turn around 7-5 down at half time, only to come back to win by 12 tries to 10. Ben Butland and Rory Parkhill helped step up the defensive effort in the second half, while Jack Bayles tidied up any loose balls that went to ground. Every member of the squad managed to cross the try line.
Game two finished 11-all.
Try Scorers for Newton were: Game 1 – Jack Bayles 2, Luka Delany 2, Jonny Goode 2, Rory Parkhill 2, Ollie Williams 2, Ben Butland and Jack Warren. Game 2 – Jack Warren 4, Jack Bayles 2, Luka Delany 2, Ollie Williams 2 and Jonny Goode.