Encouraging start for Devon's U18 girls' team
DEVON’S under-18 girls’ squad enjoyed a good start to their season with wins over Cornwall and Gloucestershire at the opening South West Festival, which was held at Cheltenham on Sunday.
As Storm Dennis and Storm Cieran had hampered their trials and training, Devon took two sides to Cheltenham.
Their only defeat of the day came in their opening match when they narrowly lost 12-5 to Somerset.
Devon played well and had a lot of pressure, but their only reward was an unconverted try by Newton Abbot’s Madi Williams.
But the Green and Whites turned on the style in their second game to beat Cornwall 37-3.
Exeter College’s Mollie Pepper and Newton Abbot’s Madi Williams both scored two tries, with . Sidmouth’s Lauren Chown. Cullompton’s Megan Adcock added a conversion.
However, Devon probably saved their best team performance to last when they beat a good Gloucestershire side 7-5.
They were 5-0 down at half-time but defended brilliantly and Kingsbridge’s Charlotte Hope scored a fine interception try, which Adcock converted.
Head coach Joel Caddy said: “It was easily the greatest defensive performance I’ve ever seen on a rugby pitch - they were outstanding each and every one of them.”