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Under 16s - Match centre

Okehampton RFC
Launceston Rugby Club
Sun 30 Sep 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Launceston show improved teamwork and structure to defeat Okehampton

Ben Webb is sensational in bagging five tries from the wing and Billy Martin produces breakdown masterclass to become the turnover king

Launceston turned up to Okehampton expecting a feisty reception after last years game. The boys were desperate to atone for last weeks performance against Truro and warmed up with real intensity.

From the kick off both teams hit the breakdown hard. However, a good turnover from Billy Martin (coaches man of the match) released the backs who responded quickly and Ben Webb (captains man of the match) ran hard to score in the right corner 0-5

It was clear that the boys were trying to create some structure to their play and produce a co-ordinated team effort. It didn't always work, but when it did, it was a thing of beauty. The forwards were finally working in pods, just that little bit too late to save Adrians hair though! Josh Elias having a great game at the breakdown made a fantastic turnover and the ball made its way to Ben Webb who outstripped the defence to score his second 0-12

Unfortunately a head injury to Jack Goodman meant that the pack had to reshuffle and some of the pretty boys had to move into the unpleasant and uncomfortable world of the forwards. No matter. Launceston were building a head of stream and everything that Okehampton threw at the Launceston boys came to nothing. Ollie Tomkies controlled the midfield with real assurance and Tom Lowe produced some wonderful kicks from the touchline and out of hand. With fire power on the wings Launceston were at their best attacking from deep. George Mill and Ben Webb made breaks that were difficult to keep up with but the ball retention was good and Okehampton were stretched across the park. Billy Martin capped an excellent loose game with a score on the right. 0-19

It would have been easy for Launceston to take their foot off the gas and become complacent but they maintained their structure well and Alex Maciver-Redwood used his forwards well to set up Sam Jago who took his opportunity with real panache 0-24

The half finished with Launceston pushing deep again. Kieran Bainbridge made a fantastic break with Jake Glover making the clearout of the day to release Ollie Tomkies for a score on the left. 0-31 HT

Okehampton started the second half with real intent and worked their way deep into All Black territory. With the Launceston boys napping a quick penalty allowed them create an overlap and go over for a deserved score on the right 7-31

At the other end, Sam Jago took advantage of another quick tap penalty and the ball was whipped out to the wing for Ben Webb to secure his one-handed hat-trick 7-36

The Launceston forwards struggled at scrum time with the bigger Oke pack pushing them off their own ball. However, around the park they performed superhuman feats at the breakdown with Billy Martin, Adam Howgill and Josh Elias at their best. The Okehampton defence was becoming more and more desperate. A long clearance bounced well for Sam Sharman who countered down the right with real intensity. He broke two tackles and then popped to the flying Ben Webb who raced through for another 7-43

The scoring was finished with another Ben Webb break to equal his own record haul in a single game and seal a strong performance 7-50
A great response to the disappointment of last weeks effort

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