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7 months ago By Stephanie Newman

The first time Ivybridge have made it to the final of this competition and what a result.

Ivybride 38-31 Exmouth in an entertaining final played in roasting hot hot conditions.
We led twice by 15 points but Exmouth came back and closed to within two points with only a few minutes to go, before Robin Luscombe scored a try in injury-time.
Jay Geraty had the honour of becoming the first Ivybridge player to lift the cup.

“To be fair, I’m only captain by default as Matt Finn broke his jaw midway through the year,” said Geraty.
“But the lads have worked really hard for this. We set ourselves objectives and we’ve put a lot of time into training and it was a good result for us.
“Exmouth are a class side. I know they had a bit of a poor end to the season, but there is a reason why they keep jumping between Nat Three and Nat Two and that’s because they are a class act. By no means was it an easy game.”

He continued to say that they felt they could take a lot of pride out of this season.
“If we hadn’t have had our five point deduction in the league we would have finished fifth and to win Devon Cup probably makes it the most successful season we have had as a club, which is credit to the lads,” said Geraty. “It is a young team and they have worked really hard.
“This team is building and with the AGP (artificial grass pitch) going in for the start next season then hopefully there’s big things to come.”

Most of the team that played in Monday’s final had come through the club’s junior ranks.
We did go 3-0 down early on to a Tom Whelan penalty but Devon under-20 captain Mitch Pinkus then kicked two of his own to put Ivybridge 6-3 up.
Then on 21 minutes Charlie Briant scored the game’s first try when he crossed on the right after great play from a scrum in the middle of the park on the left. Mitch Pinkus converted to make it 13-3.
The score went to 18-3 seven minutes later when Billy Pinkus also scored on the right after more good play by Briant.

Exmouth reduced the gap with a try from close range by James Harris, which Whelan converted.
But straight from the restart, and with the last play of the half, Ivybridge responded with a try by player-coach Lewis Paterson after Exmouth were caught out by a kick. Mitch Pinkus converted to put his side 25-10 up at the break.
Pinkus missed a penalty at the start of the second half and on 55 minutes Exmouth scored a second try through Richard Bright to make it 25-17.
Minutes later Briant looked like he was going to score the try of the day when he ran from 55 metres and avoided a host of tackles only for the referee to rule he had been held up over the line.
We kept the pressure on and five minutes later Billy Pinkus crossed in the right corner for his second of the game after receiving a long pass from his younger brother Mitch.
Once again Exmouth responded with a try in the corner by Jack Fahy, which was brilliantly converted to cut the gap to one score.
Mitch Pinkus gave us a bit of breathing space with a penalty on 75 minutes, but Exmouth would not lie down and Mark Wathes scored a fine individual try under the posts to make it 33-31.
The pressure was on but, cheered on by a large crowd, we sealed the match when Devon under-20 player Robin Luscombe forced his way over from 20 metres.
After the game Ivybridge president Alan Knight made the first cut on digging up the Cross-in-Hand playing surface so that work could start on the installation of Devon and Cornwall’s first RFU artificial grass pitch, which will be available for any club in the region to use.

Updated 17:56 - 13 May 2018 by Stephanie Newman

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