Match report Gloucestershire v Devon 6 th May 2017
Gloucestershire 55 Devon 12
A Whole Team performance sees Gloucestershire overpower Devon.
After 20 minutes Devon were in the lead 12 points to 10 and it looked as if this was to be an evenly contested game- and for the most part in the first half it was. The second half was a different matter all together with Gloucestershire scoring 35 points to Devon’s nil. Gloucestershire’s forwards led by captain Jack Preece, who with his fellow back row forwards Keenan and Lane dominated the breakdown, pinned Devon back in their own half for large parts of the second period allowing Gloucestershire to gain complete control of the game. Eight tries to two tells its own story.
Man of the match Sam Goatley scored 4 tries, the first after 2 minutes, for his second, Yorke made the break leading to the try but his 3rd and fourth tries, on 60 minutes, were largely homemade. His last try may have been the best, a good 40 metre break but let’s not forget those forwards who slugged it out across the midfield allowing Devon nowhere to go. Nimble feet, opportunistic and determined he edged out captain Jack Preece (also a contender) who also scored 2 tries and came out of the blocks like a firecracker for the second period to lead his team to a thumping victory.
The Devon team was plucky and if it were a boxing contest probably won the first half, morally, on points. Their backs were quick to pounce on Gloucestershire errors, Gloucestershire’s midfield defence looking porous and some tactical kicking wayward. But the game changed just before half time with Goatley’s third try and shortly afterwards on the stroke of half time Devon conceded a penalty with Dennet, now with his kicking boots on, finding his range, and giving Gloucestershire their lead which they maintained to the end.
The modern game seems to be about maintaining momentum and how the bench is used is crucial – all Gloucestershire’s interchanges made an impact and kept up the pressure.
A very pleasing start to the campaign, 5 points in the bag but there may be sterner challenges ahead? Next week Gloucestershire travel to Hertford RFC to face Hertfordshire who have spoiled our party many times previously. Let us hope that winning is habit forming.
Tries- Goatley 2m, Goatley 14m, Goatley 36m, Preece 49m, Preece 55m, Goatley 60m, T Webb, 73m, Gahan 80m:
Conversions- Dennet 37m, 50m, 55m, 61m; T Webb 73m, 80m:
Penalties- Dennet 40m:
Drop Goals -0
Tries - Paterson 4m, Rideway 19m:
Attendance - 150
Referee -James Clarke RFU
HT - 20 -12
Star Man- Number 12, Sam Goatley, Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire- E Rees (Cinderford), H Yorke (Cinderford), B Goatley (Cleve), S Goatley (Cindeford), J Gahan (Old Pats), L Dennet (Hartpury), O Venni (Royal Agri Coll), J Lloyd ( Dings)
D Brooker (Galasheils), J Elliot (Moseley), R Fuller (Hartpury), H Hone (Moseley), W Keenan (Cinderford), J Preece (Moseley) Captain, M lane (Cinderford).
P Vinicone (CLeve), T Jerrum (Cleve), L Beer (Cleeve), R Webb (Newent), T Webb (Newent), B Gardner (Newent), G Angel (Old Pats)
J Petherbridge (Barnstaple), T Scholes (Ivybridge), L Paterson (Ivybridge), M Pinkus (Ivybridge), H Ridgeway (Exmouth), T Whelan (Sidmouth), J Mattin (Exmouth) R Morris (Barnstaple) A Crouch (Barnstaple), M Fitt (Ivybridge), J Fahy (Exmouth), M Richards (Exmouth), R Luscombe (Kingsbridge)), J Harris (Exmouth), S Thomas (Brixham), L Maggs (Brixham), M Dowrick (Newton Abbott), K Angell (Barnstaple)
M Wathes (Exmouth), R Dingle (Ivybridge), B Watts (Ivybridge), D Akerman (Ivybridge).