GALLERY: Devon U16s continue good form with 11 tries against North Gloucestershire
THE Devon Under-16 A team continued their impressive season by beating North Gloucestershire 67-17 at Ivybridge on Sunday.
The young Green and Whites scored 11 tries at Cross-in-Hand with both prop Thomas Gulley and centre Jude Baker-Hands bagging hat-tricks.
The win followed on from a 36-12 success away at Somerset at the start of this month.
Devon took less than two minutes to take the lead when Baker-Hands managed to avoid a couple of tackles to touch down. Fly-half Ollie Nicks calmly added the conversion.
Five minutes later the powerful Gulley went over for his first of the day after timing his run perfectly. Nicks again added the extras.
The visitors cut the gap to 14-10 with an interception try and one from close range after Devon failed to deal with a grubber kick, but after that the hosts took complete control of the game.
Straight from the next restart Gulley went over for his second, which Nicks, having a great day with the boot, brilliantly converted from out wide.
Four minutes later fellow prop Jack Ballett powered over from close range before Baker-Hands then scored the try of the match from his own half, which Nicks converted to make it 33-10.
That soon became 38-10 when Baker-Hands went over again, this time from an interception.
Gloucestershire did score a third try on 30 minutes but the last world of the first half went to Devon, with centre Tom Houghton-King pouncing after the visitors had dropped the ball. That made it 43-17 at the break.
After the interval, hooker Jack Parr scored from close range following a line-out before flanker Jacob Gaskin showed great pace after intercepting a pass near the halfway line.
Fifteen minutes into the second period Gulley completed his hat-trick with another strong run.
The final word went to fly-half Nicks, who scored in the left corner and also converted his effort.
However, there was disappointment for Devon’s B team, who lost 28-19, despite leading for a large part of the match.
Charlie Parr and Charles Warren scored first half tries as the Devon B team led 12-7 at the interval.
They had a try disallowed seven minutes after the break after the referee did not see the grounding before they did extend their lead to 19-7 with a try by flanker Danny Tomkinson, which Cody Kane converted.
Gloucestershire then got one back before Devon gifted them another score with an intercepted pass. They converted that to go in front and they added another try 15 minutes from time to seal the win.
Devon under-16s will continue their campaign with a home game against Cornwall on Sunday, February 2.