Devon U20 24 Dorset & Wiltshire U20 14

rfu logoDevon face an RFU Under 20 Championship quarter final trip to the cathedral city of Canterbury after toppling hardy Dorset & Wiltshire 24-15 at Topsham RFC.

In a compelling pool 3 match under the Devon sun, the home side sealed victory thanks to tries from Pearce Hancock (2) George Wilson and George deMendonca.

Centre Jack Mason’s 18th minute try, converted by fly half Tom Weaver, put Dorset & Wilts ahead. Second row forward Hancock’s first try made it 7-5 before Weaver’s penalty made it 10-5.

Just before half time second rower Wilson levelled the scores and fly half Matt Grieveson added the extras to make it 12-10.

George deMendonca winged in to make it 17-10 halfway through the second half before Will Hoddinott narrowed the gap to 17-15 by finding a rare gap in the Devon defence.

There was still time for more rugby fireworks at the Bonfire Field, and the try of the match.

Devon - coached by Plymouth Albion captain Ruairi Cushion and managed by Gareth Jones - secured victory when impressive right wing replacement Chris Jose sped to keep the ball in play as he caught it on the run above the touchline, fed inside to Hancock who swept in under the posts to give Charlie Attis the easiest of conversions.

Devon now play unbeaten pool four winners Kent at Canterbury RFC on Sunday March 30 (1430).

Devon U20s starting 15 George Banfield (Kingsbridge RFC) George deMendonca (Ivybridge RFC) Charlie Attis (Devonport Services RFC) Dan Sanders (Newton Abbot RFC) Harry Davis (Brixham RFC) Matt Grieveson (Ivybridge RFC) Benn Watts (Ivybridge RFC) Josh Sargent (Cardiff Met) Tim Phillips (Sidmouth RFC) Will Cole (Withycombe RFC) Pearce Hancock (Saltash RFC) George Wilson (Ivybridge RFC) Josh Lee (Crediton RFC) Ed Northcott (Devonport Services RFC) Chris Courtier (capt, Launceston RFC)

Off the bench Ashlee Crouch (Barnstaple RFC) Lewis Trickey (Topsham RFC) Dave Siddall (Paignton RFC) Karl Caunter (Dartmouth RFC) Jonathan Morgan (Ivybridge RFC) Chris Jose (Teignmouth RFC) Ben Wonnacott (Crediton RFC)

Dorset & Wiltshire U20s starting 15 Ryan Webb (Dings Crusaders RFC) James Davies (Trowbridge RFC) Hugh Campbell (Chippenham RFC) Jack Mason (Wimborne RFC) James Macfarlane (Wimborne RFC) Tom Weaver (Trowbridge RFC) Roland Barter (Salisbury RFC) Jack Paffett (Salisbury RFC) Joey Carley (Leeds Met) Max Folkard (Wimborne RFC) Matt Christopher (Wimborne RFC) Ben Footitt (Bishop’s Wordsworth) Connor Weetman (Chippenham RFC) Tom Coombs (Trowbridge RFC) Ali Braughton (Bishop’s Wordsworth)

Off the bench Pat Badger (Bishop’s Wordsworth) Will Hoddinott (Bishop’s Wordsworth) Tom Sishton (Royal Wootton Bassett RFC) Rob Best (Wimborne RFC) Robbie Keith (University of Birmingham) Lewis Mitchell (Lytchett Minster RFC)

Referee Kevin Williams (Cornwall)

Assistants Ryan Cook, James Milner (Cornwall)

• Gloucestershire also secured a quarter final berth following their emphatic 56-3 pool four win over 2013 champions Berkshire at Cinderford RFC yesterday to finish runners-up to Kent.

Gloucestershire are now set to travel ton play Cornwall at Camborne RFC on Sunday March 30 (1430).

Cornwall topped pool three following wins over Devon (18-15) and at Dorset & Wilts (37-35).

• Gloucestershire's 10-try victory match report

 

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