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Under-20 captain Pinkus eyes home win after frustrating draw with Somerset

12 Feb 2018 13:12 | Sara Raine

DEVON Under-20 captain Mitch Pinkus admitted it was frustrating the team could not quite hang on for a win in their opening County Championship match at Somerset on Sunday.

Devon ended up drawing 10-10 at Burnham-on-Sea after Somerset kicked a penalty with the last play of the game.

The visitors had been 7-0 up at half-time and were 10-7 ahead going into the final seconds.

“We said at the end that it felt like a loss,” said fly-half Pinkus, who kicked five of Devon’s 10 points on Sunday.

“But to have three yellow cards and be on our own try line at the end and yet still come out with a draw is a positive.”

He added: “We were under the cosh at the end but we also had our chances that we didn’t take, which is a massive work on for us. We are going to go back to training and work on that and our discipline and, hopefully, we can get the win next time.

“But there were loads of positives. There were some good handling skills, good balls off nine and line breaks and our defence in the last 10 minutes was outstanding. So there were plenty of positives, but there’s also plenty still to work on.”

Ivybridge player Pinkus is captaining Devon Under-20s for the second year running. He has been impressed with how players have really bought into the county set-up this season.

“This year is a lot more positive,” he said. “We are getting loads more numbers to training and that’s driving the squad to be better as everyone is fighting for places. There’s really good team morale.”

Sunday’s draw means that if Devon were to beat Berkshire at Newton Abbot on March 18 then they will progress through to the knock-out stages.