By Dean Osborne
1st Game Launceston 25 v Kingsbridge 15
A good game with two fairly equally matched sides, Kingsbridge getting the better of Launceston last time out so the All Blacks knew they would have a game on their hands. Both sides rucked and mauled well pushing each other back with every play. Ben Webb went with some speed straight from the kick off and nearly went all the way to the try line but was tackled into touch just short. From the line out the All Blacks won the ball and Jake Glover drove over the line from a yard out. Kingsbridge nearly did the same from their kick off but a superb tackle by Kian Hicks stopped them. Launceston worked their way back up the field with some good driving and eventually the pressure told and George Mill crossed the line for a second try. Kingsbridge took the kick off and Launceston must have been still celebrating because he ran straight through the team to make it two tries to one. They drew level minutes later with another breakaway try. Back came Launceston and Ben Webb took the ball into contact, the whole Launceston team got behind him and drove him over the line for a good team try. The second half began with the tackles were flying in all over the place, notable by Finn Styles, Jake Glover and Kian Hicks. Further tries were added for Launceston by Ben Webb, Finn Styles and Jake Glover. Launceston got their driving game going again and Finn |Styles scored in the corner. Jake Glover added another seconds later. The injuries began to mount up and a few enforced changes were forced on to both teams. Kingsbridge scored again to make it 5 teis to 3 at the end. A good game played out by both sides but the All Blacks grit took them to eventual victory.
2nd Game Launceston 15 v Kingsbridge 50
Many changes by the All Blacks for the second game put them off their concentration and Kingsbridge started well by running in a try straight from the kick off. Sam Sharrman replied soon after with an electric run from his own line. Sam also put in 3 or 4 outstanding tackles throughout the game. Evan Flemming took the bull by the horns and put some excellent runs in carrying the ball up the field. The Kingsbridge bench worked in their favour, they were a more cohesive side during this game and ran in 10 tries. Kian Hicks and Ben Webb added further tries for the All Blacks but they couldn’t cope with the speed and tenacity of Kingsbridge in this game.
Back to training on Wednesday, an excellent performance in game one but again, we lacked something in game 2.