Mixed fortunes for Devon Schools' U16s against Dorset & Wiltshire

26 Feb 2019 17:27 | Sara Raine

DEVON Schools’ under-16s finished their county season on Sunday against Dorset and Wiltshire with the honours even at Ivybridge RFC.

Devon’s A team won 15-14 with the B side finally succumbing 39-25 in a try fest thriller.

In the A team match, Devon dominated from the early stages both in possession and territory.

On a rare visit into the Devon half, Dorset capitalised on a lost line-out and the visiting scrum-half dummied his way through to score under the posts to make it 7-0.

On the half hour, Archie Bryan cut back in field to score for Devon to reduce the deficit.

Early in the second half Dorset took a quick tap penalty and bundled their way over to increase their lead to 14-5.

The addition of some fresh legs, particularly the half-back pairing of Tom Kilmartin and Finn Musgrove, provided Devon with a change of direction.

A fine tackle by George Copley enabled Pierre Meyer to turn over the ball and drive over the line.

With less than five minutes remaining, Devon centre Kian Gentry managed to score in the corner to give the Green and Whites a 15-14 lead.

With virtually the last play of the game, Devon were penalised but Dorset missed the relatively straight forward penalty attempt and therefore handed Devon a narrow victory.

In the B team fixture, Dorset started sprightly and took an early lead.

The smaller, but more mobile Devon pack, then exerted their dominance to enable Josh Gillard to score the first of two tries. 

Dorset responded well and regained the lead although during the course of the match the lead changed hands five times.

The visitors increased the gap by taking successful penalty opportunities and more tries but in the last quarter Devon hit back with tries of their own by Owen Martin and Kieran Oldham.