Newton Abbot have the edge on Kingsbridge in a very close game
This was a game which had been anticipated by many for some weeks. Previous games have always proved to be close and exciting, and this one was no exception. Newton Abbot got off to the best possible start. From the kick off, Kingsbridge knocked the ball on. From the resultant scrum, Newton Abbot moved the ball out wide and Tom Heath had too much pace out wide as he touched down in the corner. The next 20mins or so were played mainly in the middle of the park, with both teams having good possession but equally good defence. Kingsbridge then started to take a little more control and managed to score two tries in the space of a 5min period. The first was from a line out when the ball was moved out wide and Kingsbridge created an overlap to score. The second try came about after some poor handling at a ruck, this gifted Kingsbridge the lead. Newton Abbot did at least manage to pull a score back shortly before half time. The ball kicked deep by Kingsbridge was picked up by Tom Heath who beat several players before off loading to Ed Brown. Ed played a lovely chip over the oncoming Kingsbridge player, catching his kick whilst keeping his feet off the white wash. He then off loaded the ball inside to Alex Fogden who had enough pace to touch down under the posts.
Half Time - Newton Abbot 10 Kingsbridge 12
The start of the second half saw the All Whites stepping up their performance. Ed Brown, Corey Whane and Tom Heath combined out wide to give the pacey Tom Heath a try beneath the posts. Newton Abbot further extended their lead with a trademark Corey Whane try as he weaved past several players to score. In the first ten minutes of the second half Kingsbridge struggled to keep hold of Newton Abbots pacey attack. However, the second ten minute period in the second half saw Kings digging in, and through a series of strong rucking on the Newton Abbot goal line, they managed to score two tries. These tries brought the score line level at 24-24 with about seven minutes to play. Newton Abbot, however, had the last word in this game with Tom Heath scoring his third try of the game. The All Whites, down inside the Kings twenty two, moved the ball around before Tom picked it up after it was passed out pthe back of a ruck. Finding the smallest of gaps, he managed to break the tackle and dive over the line to give Newton Abbot the victory.
Full Time - Newton Abbot 31 Kingsbridge 24