Launceston v Bude training game produces good contest
Good rugby wins as all the boys put in a good shift
When the u15 fixture list was released at the start of the season, one of the standouts was the visit of Bude to Polson, which happened on Sunday, unfortunately due to a raft of injuries, Bude could only field 10 players, although that sounds like a disaster, Launceston had enough cover in all the positions that Bude were short, so a 15 a side training game kicked off.
To the surprise of everyone the game proved to be a cracker, the Lanson boys who pulled on a Bude shirt (and found out that it didn't actually cause them any lasting damage) were Jordan Shaw, Jake Glover, Josh Elias, debutant Kieran Bainbridge, Ollie Tomkies and Ben webb. It has to be said that the Bude/Lanson side went about their business like they'd played together for years and the early exchanges were really tight, Launceston as usual, took a while to find their feet, but when they did, Nicky Crighton released Freddie Ward with some razor sharp distribution from the ruck to open the scoring.
Ben Webb quickly levelled things up for the visitors, after Ollie Tomkies linked up nicely with the Bude 9.
The first half was evenly matched, Tom Scored in corner after running a nice line and Tom Simpkins-Wright busted the impressive Bude defensive line for a real power house try, 17-12.
Lanson opened up in the second half, They were camped on the Bude try-line for an age, but credit has to go to the visitor's defence, who held the all blacks up twice over the line.
However, Kane Clements, Dylan Doherty and Tom Simpkins-Wright were relentless with their carrying, Tom in particular gave his seasons best so far, picking and going from anywhere and really made the gains.
Bude scored a breakaway try in this half to end their tally with three, confirming what we already knew about the pace in their back line and Lanson scored 2 more, the last one was a beauty, with Big Tom staying on his feet through a sea of contact, to find Freddie on a beautiful support line, the offload was class, this left the final score
Special mentions this week go to Alfie Hold for his defensive work, Nicky, great to see him back and linking with Alex. Big Tom, Kane and Dylan for the carries, Finn and Freddie for their usual breakdown shenanigans, Fin Moses with some solid breaks from deep, Tom Lowe for the drop kicks, but mainly to Jordan, Josh, Jake, Ollie and Ben for giving their all for the opposition and making a real game of it. Last, but by no means least, well done to new boy Keiran Bainbridge, thrown in at the deep end, but showing he's really going to be some player.