Cents at long last had a meaningful preseason match which was an ideal preparation for next weeks league opener at Brixham RFC.Cents played the Hartpury College University squad and although Cents lost the new look Cents Xv played their hearts out and gave their all for the club.Cents have lost half their regular 1st Xv from last season and this was the first time the new look side had played together and to their credit they played for one another, with two /three to come into the side we should be able to hold our own in the league this season.
The Hartpury side were a class act with plenty of pace, power and know how and they would beat anybody from our league the young Cents never gave up. With the Hartpury side still full of running at the end of the game they ran in four tries in the final 10/15 minutes to make the final score line 0-46 to the home side.After an hour the score line was 0-22 to the home side and Cents had played very well to contain the home side with the away side taking the game to their hosts when they could.However in the final 10/15 minutes Cents ran out gas.
Cents competed well in the tight and lineout against a very big pack and were only under pressure a couple of times in the scrummage, however on the couple of occasions Cents struggled in the tight Hartpury made Cents pay dearly.Cents tackled well and needed to with the way Hartpury ran at them all night.
Although Cents lost heavily,they put up spirited display against a very good side and with players missing from tonight to come into the mix we can start to rebuild our side.