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Devon miss out on trip to Twickenham after Kent defeat

21 May 2016 21:52 | Sara Raine

DEVON narrowly missed out on promotion and a trip to Twickenham in the County Championship.

After impressive victories over Somerset and North Midlands, Devon headed to Kent knowing that a point would have been enough to top Bill Beaumont Cup Division Two.

They could have still topped the pile had they denied Kent a bonus point, but the home team managed to score four tries in a 29-8 victory at Medway.

The damage for Devon was done in the first half, with Kent, dominating the scrums, scoring three tries.

Devon’s cause was not helped by having Wayne Sprangle and Lewis Paterson sin-binned before and after half-time.

Kent took the lead with an early penalty try that Blackheath’s former Taunton and Plymouth Albion player Freddie Gabbitass converted.

George Meadows kicked a penalty for Devon, but then Charles Edwards and Aiden Moss scored further tries to give Kent a 19-3 half-time lead.

Moss added a second try after the interval, which Gabbitass converted.

Devon got back into the match and Brixham’s Tom Goodman scored a try, but Gabbitass finished off the scoring with a penalty.