Devon U20s look for crucial win over Hampshire at Ivybridge

14 Mar 2019 12:41 | Sara Raine

DEVON will be looking for a win over Hampshire at Ivybridge on Sunday to maintain their place in the top tier of the Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship.

Both Devon and Hampshire have lost their opening two groups games to strong Cornwall and Gloucestershire sides.

It means there is everything to play when the teams meet at Cross-in-Hand on Sunday (2.30pm).

Coach Nathan Gosling is hoping Devon can find their form against Hampshire after showing glimpses against Cornwall and Gloucestershire.

“The boys just have to get out there, give it their best effort and just do what they can,” said Gosling.

“We put some structures in place at training on Wednesday that will hopefully help us on Sunday.

“I think in the first half against Gloucestershire in our last game we probably tried to play too much – we played too wide too early and didn’t earn the right to go forward and suffered as a consequence.

“Defensively we need to definitely step it up on Sunday. We need to be a bit more aggressive with our hits and, hopefully, we can force a few mistakes from them, as when we do play we are very good.”

Devon are hoping for a good crowd at Ivybridge with the under-20s playing their first match on the RFU’s artificial grass pitch that was installed there last summer.

“It’s a great place to play rugby,” said Gosling. “It’s dry and a wide paddock and hopefully we will have a big crowd to support us.”