Devon U15 girls retain Tamar Cup with victory over Cornwall
DEVON U15 girls ended their season by retaining the Tamar Cup with a 29-0 victory over Cornwall at Truro College.
Devon travelled down to Truro having selected a 23-player squad from an original 41 and knew Cornwall should not be taken lightly.
The opening five minutes saw huge pressure on Devon as a lively Cornwall side piled numbers into the breakdown and put in some huge hits.
A number of fine clearance kicks from Evie Constable and Charlotte Wreford were hunted down excellently by wingers Lois Burry and Izzy Firth to relieve pressure and regain possession for Devon.
A well-worked driving maul from Devon started a fine attack which saw dominant carries from Poppy Harrison and Reese Williams led to No 8 Rose Hooper breaking free to score from 15 metres and make it 5-0.
From the restart Cornwall retained possession but some good hits from Anoushka Burton and DD Stilwell saw captain Scarlett Murgatroyd win a fantastic turnover to once again clear Devon lines.
The game see-sawed back and forth for the next five minutes until Devon got back into Cornish territory through some strong carries from Grace Scott and Meghan Connor.
With Tia Robinson coming off the bench as a blood replacement, Devon altered their style of play and in doing so moved the ball nicely across the pitch.
A fine line from Amy Richards freed up some space to allow Williams to go over the whitewash for Devon’s second score.
Cornwall once again hit back and used the wind to pin Devon back in their half but a fine try saver from Constable and resulting kick-chase from Firth lead to Devon keeping a clean sheet at half-time.
Devon brought on all the replacements on the half and the impact of free legs was immediate.
From the kick-off some excellent carries and offloads from Lily Haste, Megan Sams and Maggie Moore saw Honey Kerslake-Cotton break free to score in the opening minute of the half. Firth added the tricking conversion.
Devon started to dominate possession, with the scrum functioning well. A number of Cornish penalties saw Devon firstly kick territory before a number of quick taps gaining an extra 10 metres. With the Cornish camped on their own line, a strong carry from prop Rice saw her drive over and ground the ball for a textbook front-rowers try to make it 22-0.
Devon rotated players again to keep fresh legs on the pitch and the fitness told with Devon added another try. From a strong drive, converted number eight Stilwell picked from the base and went over for a score. Constable added the conversion from far on the left to make it 29-0.
Devon looked as if they would get one more score but a fine tackle from Cornwall’s full-back denied them. However, it was an excellent day for the young Devon squad who retained the Tamar Cup for another year.
The Devon coaching staff were keen to give their thanks to the girls, parents and supporters in what was a very condensed and hectic season.
Devon: 15 Evie Constable, 14 Lois Burry, 13 Grace Scott, 12 Scarlett Murgatroyd, 11 Izzy Firth, 10 Charlotte Wreford, 9 Anoushka Burton, 1 Poppy Harrison, 2 Amy Richards, 3 Gracie Rice, 4 Meghan Connor, 5 Erin Roberts, 6 Reese Williams, 7 DD Stilwell, 8 Rose Hooper. Reps all used: Tillie Hallett-Jones, Lilly Haste, Honey Kerslake-Cotton, Olivia Bailey, Megan Polverino, Tia Robinson, Maggie Moore, Megan Sams.