Mixed fortunes for Devon under-15s against Bristol Schools

28 Mar 2018 14:16 | Devon RFU

DEVON'S under-15 A and B teams enjoyed mixed fortunes when they travelled to the brand new Lockleaze sports facility to take on Bristol Schools.

Devon’s B team won 22-12, but the A side narrowly lost 24-17 after conceding a try with the last play of the game.

In the opening match, Devon B failed to get to grips with some law interpretations from the Spanish exchange officials and conceded two early tries to trail 12-0.

However, just before half-time Devon reduced the deficit and then came back strongly in the second half to win with scores from James Hocking, Neo Ruston-Ley, Kian Gentry and Kieran Oldham.

In the A match, a similar pattern emerged and Devon also fell two scores behind, although the visitors did have three or four scoring opportunities which they failed to capitalise on.

Devon always looked to have the upper hand and went into a quite commanding 17-12 lead midway through the second half with tries by Josh Gillard, Harrison Sime and Pierre Meyer.  Fly-half Ben Leetham also added a conversion.

However, Bristol increased the tempo and equalised with a try out wide.

Going into the last minute of the game Devon secured a fantastic turnover in their own 22 and really should have cleared their lines. But, unfortunately, the ball was offloaded and bounced favourably for Bristol, who gathered possession to score wide out. They also added the conversion from touchline to win 24-17.

Devon under-15s’ next fixture is against Cornwall on Sunday, April 15. The venue is yet to be confirmed but likely to be at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground.