Launceston get caught out in ding dong battle with Barnstaple
Jack Goodman and Ollie Tomkies make massive contributions as Launceston play some excellent rugby but fail to maintain focus for the entire game.
Sunday offered great weather and a good surface for the game. Both teams arrived with a full bench and large compliment of support.
Barnstaple kicked off and began with a sustained period of possession and culminated with a converted try early in the first half.
Launceston replied with pressure and possession of their own. A number of rucks and passing moves resulted in a Launceston Try. This was also converted by Tom. All even after ten minutes.
7 - 7.
This set the pattern for the first half with the lead changing hands from tries from Barnstaple and converted tries by Launceston.
Launceston rotated personnel. The highlight of the first half was a sweeping set of plays by Launceston from one end of the pitch to the other, from the left touch line to the right ending with a try in the corner, touched down by Alfie Hold.
The full 7 points was provided by one of the best conversions I’ve seen. Tom Lowe converted from wrong side. (Tom is left footed) way out on the right touch line.
Launceston finished the half with 3 tries and 19 points. Ollie Tomkies (coaches man of the match) running the show
Launceston – 21 points, Barnstaple 14 points.
This was a great turnaround from last weeks’ performance at Truro and set up the second half nicely.
The second half kicked off following a similar pattern, with Barnstaple settled and looking to go wide as much as possible and Launceston struggling a bit for continuity, the all blacks were playing some really good stuff in patches however and as the half went on Lanson were building nicely.
It had been steady Barnstaple pressure since the restart and they scored again 6 minutes in, after another attack out wide, utilising the pace of their backs. 19 - 21
Launceston responded and launched a wide attack of their own, unfortunately, this resulted in Joe Allen being stretchered off after he flew down the right wing, only to be hammered into touch by 2 defenders. Many thanks to Helen Hicks and Andy Crighton for their first aid, but also to the Barnstaple naval medic (sorry, didn't get your name) who was a great help. Joe is recovering well.
The Break in play suited Barnstaple much more than Lanson and they scored 2 quickfire tries, both from decent handling and pace out wide. 19 - 35.
Jack Goodman (captains man of the match) had been carrying well all game and with a few minutes to go he was on the end of a series of pick and goes from the Launceston forwards and Jack busted over for his brace, to end the game; 26 - 35.
Another good performance this from Launceston, playing with many out of position and the captains still bedding in, the boys are starting find their feet again and winning ways will return soon.
many thanks to Martin Sandercock for an excellent reffing job and to Barnstaple for a great game, played in the right spirit and we're looking forward to the next one.
by Gav Allen and Rich Stiles