Under-15s end season with a win and a loss against Cornwall

17 Apr 2018 21:27 | Devon RFU

DEVON Schools’ under-15s ended their season on Sunday with two games against Cornwall at Keyham.

A number of players were unavailable due to club tours and holidays, but that did not seem to affect the Devon B team, who defeated Cornwall 38-24.

However, in the A fixture, Cornwall proved to be strong opponents on the day and won 19-5.

In sunny conditions, Devon B stormed into a 14-0 lead after two great tries by Owen Gocher and Josh Day, the latter running in from the 10-metre line after a good turnover. Both tries were superbly converted by Gocher from out wide.

Sustained pressure from Cornwall resulted in a penalty for offside. The ball was moved quickly enabling Cornwall to score under the posts. The extra points were not added due to a determined charge down from second-row forward Owen Martin.

Early in the second half Devon were twice caught out by poor tackling and a misdirected clearance kick which enabled Cornwall to go into the lead.

But Devon responded well and hit back with four tries of their own. Joe Taylor scored in the corner, a second try then followed for Gocher, after a fine midfield break by Archie Marks. Cornwall themselves scored again to bring themselves back into contention, but George Caton-Pike and a final try by captain and man-of-the-match James Hocking sealed the victory. 

The A team fixure was a stop-start affair. Cornwall went into an early 7-0 lead, but Devon responded well to exert pressure in their opponents half. A scrambled ruck saw a Cornish prop fumble the ball forward, but was missed by the officials. The advantage gained saw Cornwall run the length of the field to score. This was followed by a third try which effectively put an end to Devon's hopes of a comeback.

Replacement wing Andrew Walsh, making his debut for Devon, did score a consolation try late in the game as Devon lost 19-5.