Devon U20s make good start to their season with victory Gloucestershire

21 Jan 2018 19:09 | Sara Raine

DEVON Under-20s got their season off to a good start with a 21-7 victory over Gloucestershire in a friendly at North Tawton on Sunday.

Both counties were using the match as a warm-up for the Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship, which starts next month.

Conditions were difficult at Taw Meadow, but the new-look Devon side adapted to them well.

They played with the wind in the first half and they took full advantage to open up a 21-0 half-time lead.

The pack impressed, while Ivybridge fly-half Mitch Pinkus orchestrated play well behind.

Devon’s first try came after just nine minutes and was scored by Tamar Saracens centre Lewis Swatton, who went over on the left after good pressure from a scrum on the right. Pinkus converted well to put his side 7-0 up.

That became 14-0 on 22 minutes when Ivybridge prop Marcus Prout got the ball down after a good forward drive from a line-out. Pinkus again added the conversion.

And six minutes later Devon grabbed a third try when Torquay number eight Josh Mackin showed good pace and strength to dive over in the right corner. Pinkus again made light of the slippery surface to pop over the conversion.

Devon spent large spells of the second half defending as Gloucestershire tried to use the elements, but the hosts did well and restricted their visitors to just one try, which came 12 minutes from time.

Next up for young Green and Whites will be the annual Tamar Cup clash with Cornwall at Brickfields next Sunday (January 28).

Devon squad that played against Gloucestershire: Ben Collins (Ivybridge), Owen Garner (Ivybridge), Robbie Guthrie (Crediton), Joe Harris (Exmouth), Ethan Justice (Exmouth), Josh Mackin (Torquay), Marcus Prout (Ivybridge), Wes Vermigle  (Ivybridge), Adam Walker (Ivybridge), Morgan White (Exmouth), Kyle Blackmore (Honiton), Bradley Down (Hartpury College), Sam Fulthorpe (Exmouth), Tom Gosling (Brixham), Tommy Jermyn (Crediton), Ryan Lee (Barnstaple), Mitch Pinkus (Ivybridge), Lewi Riley (Ivybridge), Lewis Swatton (Tamar Saracens), Jay Toogood (Ivybridge).