Teigns are top team at Festival
TEIGNMOUTH U10s defeated Tavistock 15-10 in the final of the Devon Festival at Devonport Services.
The Teigns were unbeaten since Christmas and looking to retain the title they had won last season.
Teignmouth were drawn against Topsham, Totnes and Withycombe in the group stages.
Brad Breslan (2), Ethan Noble and Lewis Orchard scored in a 20-0 win over Topsham.
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Totnes were defeated 20-5 – Orchard, Breslan Noble and Tom Cairns the scorers – to set up a decider against Withycombe.
The Withycombe match was a draw – Breslan the try scorer – but Teignmouth topped the group on tries scored.
Breslan was the man of the moment in the final with three tries as Exeter Cheifs were defeated 15-5.
Tavistock, conquerors of Kingsbridge in their semi-final led briefly in the final before Breslan put Teignmouth on terms.
The second half started badly for the Teigns when a mix-up over behind their line saw Tavistock awarded a try when the ball had already been made dead.
From the restart, Teignmouth's Chris Brogdon set off on a storming run, drawing in the Tavy defence. William Annal broke down the blind side, only to be high-tackled on the line by the covering defence
It all came down to the last two minutes. Tavy restarted but the Teignmouth forwards won the ball back and strong runs from Henry Spencer and Tim Barbot took play into the Tavy half,
Jack Carden, playing at fly-half put a superb pass in front of ace finisher Breslan, who beat the Tavy defenders and scored in the corner.
NEWTON Abbot U10s were Plate winners at the Devon Festival but will be disappointed they didn't do better.
A slow start was their undoing as they failed to capitalise on territory and possession against Exeter, allowing The Chiefs to notch a terrific individual score and a 5-0 victory.
This turned out to be the only try the All Whites conceded all day – by far the best record of any teams in the tournament.
A much improved performance in game two ended with a comfortable victory over Crediton as Newton moved the ball with far more purpose in a 20-0 victory. Harold Retallick grabbed a brace of tries and Riley Hutchinson and Ben Schaeffer one apiece as the All Whites used the width to much greater effect.
The final pool game matched Newton against a large and physical Plymstock side which shaded territory. However, Riley Hutchinson's excellent link up with Hugo Longrigg looked to have won the match for the All Whites but was adjudged marginally forward.
A semi-final against Topsham was won more comfortably than the score suggests. Newton triumphed 10-0 with tries from Harry Langabeer and Jake Davey despite the best efforts of the weather to disrupt Newton's fine handling.
Sidmouth were waiting in the final and the first period saw Newton camped on their opponent's line but unable to turn pressure into points.
Sidmouth looked more menacing after the break but couldn't breach the All Whites' defence.
The match was decided on the toss of a coin which fortunately favoured the All Whites.