Disappointment for Devon's under-20s against Gloucestershire
DEVON suffered a disappointing 43-12 home defeat to a strong Gloucestershire side at Crediton on Sunday in their second game of the Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship.
The young Green and Whites had impressed away against Cornwall in their opening match back in the top tier, before narrowly losing 29-20, but they failed to find the same type of form against Gloucestershire.
The visitors dominated the first 60 minutes. They led 24-0 at half-time and had increased that to 43-0 by the 58th minute, but Devon did finish strongly and scored two tries in the last 15 minutes.
They now will end their campaign at Ivybridge on March 17 against Hampshire – a match that will decide who is relegated from Division One South. Hampshire currently prop up the table after losing 61-14 at home to Cornwall on Sunday.
“I don’t think we started the game until the last 15 minutes,” admitted Devon’s captain on Sunday Marcus Prout. “We just didn’t turn up and they were very good.
“But I’m sure we will come back for the next game. It is now make-or-break to stay in this league and we want to show why we should be up here.
“We just have to go back to our training now and work on the problems we had in this game and bring it to the next match.”
Gloucestershire took the lead in 13th minute with a try by centre Tom Hardan, which Tom Price converted.
Price then kicked a penalty after Devon centre Will Lamont had come close minutes earlier with a good break.
In the closing stages of the first half, Gloucestershire scored two quick tries through captain Adam Hopkinson and winger Will Baldwin.
Their final try of the half came after they turned Devon over from a line-out on their own line and producing some good counterattacking rugby.
Gloucestershire then scored two tries within six minutes of the start of the second period to go 36-0 up before they added a sixth through replacement Jared du Plessis in the 58th minutes.
But then Devon, whose replacements helped change the momentum, started to get territory and possession.
Withycombe’s Alex Taylor managed to get a try from close range in the 68th minutes before Brad Down added a second after Gloucestershire were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes. Harry Ottaway added the conversion, but Devon were not able to add anymore points.
Devon: 15 Finn Marks (Exeter College), 14 Nick Hedley (Exmouth), 13 Will Lamont (Ivybridge), 12 Will Throgmorton (Newton Abbot), 11 Brad Down (Hartpury College), 10 Harry Ottaway (Newton Abbot), 9 Sam Fulthorpe (Exmouth), 1 Wes Vermingle (Ivybridge), 2 Owen Garner (Ivybridge), 3 Marcus Prout (Ivybridge, capt), 4 Ethan Pearce (Crediton), 5 Nathan Davies (Ivybridge), 6 Rudi Evans (Topsham), 7 Adam Northcott (Ivybridge), 8 Aspeli Vea (Sidmouth). Replacements: Joe Mawle (Okehampton), Dan Armstrong (Exmouth), Alex Taylor (Withycombe), Matt Seager (Exmouth), Tom Cooke (Withycombe), Lewie Riley (Ivybridge), Callum Davies (Bideford).