Withycombe 5 – Kingsbridge 25
Kingsbridge under nines treated their parents to their best game of rugby all season away to Withycombe this weekend. Having been beaten in their home fixture there was lots to improve and the boys stepped up in challenging conditions.
Alex Sheridan started proceedings in his own inimitable style with a romp straight through the defence straight from the kick off to start the score board ticking over and was constantly in contention along with fellow forwards Henry Blake and Finley Usher who controlled play at the break down and gave opportunities for the backs to pick away at the defence. Oliver Pearson played a confident scrum half and showed his opposite number a beautiful side step before offloading to Henry who popped to Bertie Wotton to score.
Oscar Chapman and Kyle Dickens had challenging games on the wing with most of the play taking place through the mid field but they were patient and defended well. Wilf McCarthy took the third try with Withy replying with their only score of the game just before half time.
Bertie worked hard all match and produced a gem of a try for Alex when he stole the ball from Withycombe and broke through the maul with Alex on his shoulder, popping the ball up when he hit the tackle.
Jack Darburn and David Maiava made assertive runs in the second half, David through the forwards and Jack on the wing with both boys tackling well.
Flynn Bewley was the curse of Withycombe as he made a spectacular try saving tackle supported well by James Hitchen who joined Flynn and bundled the player into touch and the team defended well in their half before Wilf broke away for the fifth with a beautiful sprint, finishing with his perfected Chris Ashton dive.
In the last play of the game Indi Jensen determinedly set up a maul which was countered well by Withycombe but he was able to steal the ball back and fed it to Henry whose drive and pass to Bertie was unlucky not to be converted into points.