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Mixed fortunes for Devon girls' teams against Oxfordshire

19 Nov 2017 22:01 | Sara Raine

THERE was mixed fortunes for Devon’s under-15 and under-18 girls’ teams in their matches against Oxfordshire at Camborne on Sunday.

The under-15 side made it two wins out of two in this year’s campaign with a 22-0 success.

The under-18s, though, after beating Gloucestershire 62-12 in their last match were overcome 31-7 by a strong Oxfordshire side in Cornwall.

The under-15 side were first up on the Camborne School of Mines pitch and made a great start with three tries in the opening 24 minutes.

The first came from debutant winger Caitlyn Yeandle, who scored on the left after just nine minutes.

Prop Asia Newton then showed great power to score the second try following a good maul. Full-back Olivia Churcher added the conversion.

Three minutes later centre Gemma Cadle, another debutant, scored after pressure from the restart to make it 17-0.

That was how it stayed until half-time, when the rain got heavier and made conditions tough.

However, Devon managed a fourth try in the opening five minutes of the half when Phoebe Bishop scored a well-worked try from a line-out.

Caitlin Piper came agonisingly close to adding a fifth try for Devon with a great run down the right, but she was just stopped short.

The Devon under-18 side actually made a strong start against Oxfordshire and had two tries disallowed in the opening two minutes.

But after that let off, the large Oxfordshire side, who impressed at the set-plays and with their handling skills, started to get control of the game.

They scored an unconverted try on 12 minutes, but Devon hit back to take the lead with an impressive converted try by Merryn Doidge.

However, two tries in the final eight minutes of the half, including an interception one, put Oxfordshire 19-7 up at the break.

After the interval, Devon just could not get anything going and picked up a yellow card early on and Oxfordshire took advantage to add a fourth try. A fifth followed midway through the half.

Oxfordshire then picked up a yellow card but the match ended a few minutes early due to an injury to one of their players.

Devon’s final South West Counties’ matches will be against Cornwall in Gloucestershire on December 3.