Saturday saw Brixham welcome Stonehouse in a Devon Colts merit table fixture. Brixham went into the fixture knowing any single point would secure their place at Sandy Park in the plate final. The game was played 14 aside due to Stonehouse arriving with a depleted squad of 14 players, Brixham where also missing players through injury and senior selection.
Brixham started the game well with both forwards and backs combining to give the fishermen an attacking lineout on the opponents five meter line. A well worked lineout and strong maul allowed Brixham flanker Oliver Jackson to cross the line for the games first try. Converted by Gosling.
Brixham did not have to wait long for their second try. An impressive carry by second row Scott Pearce enabled him to power over from close range. Touchline conversion by Gosling.
Midway through the first half Stonehouse enjoyed some possession, at this point Brixham centre Lowe was yellow carded following a number of team penalties. Soon after Stonehouse managed to score a try following a period of possession.
With the first half coming to an end Brixham returned to full complement with Lowe returning to the field. Soon after fullback Jack Howitt went over the Stonehouse try line, out wide following good hands by the backs. Missed conversion.
Brixham started the second half the brighter and did not have to wait long for their bonus point try. It was again Howitt who scored a solo try following a line break. Conversion missed.
Minutes later Howitt completed his hat-trick, a well works back move from a set piece allowed centre Lowe to put Howitt through a large hole in the Stonehouse defence. Conversion missed.
The young Fishermen continued to dominate the second half. Flanker Jackson later claimed his second try of the match when he went over under the posts. Converted by Gosling.
Brixham's seventh and final try came from a superb solo effort by Jackson who broke a number of tackles and showed good pace to score his third try. Conversion missed.
Full time score: Brixham 41-7 Stonehouse
Brixham's ninth consecutive win and bonus point victory has booked them their place in the final at Sandy Park where they will face Plymstock on Sunday 23rd April at 11 AM. The Colts certainly would appreciate the support and we hope as many people can join us on what promises to be a superb and memorable occasion, there will be a supporters coach going that we hope to fill.
Brixham take on South Malton away next Saturday and hope to continue their winning run.
1: Ben Braybrook 2: Sam Camplin 3: Joe Coombes 4: Ross Brinicombe 5: Scott Pearce 6: Callum Smith 7: Oliver Jackson 9: Jamie Francis 10: Tom Gosling 11: Walter Ellis 12: Jesse Lowe 13: Luke Wyatt 14: Harry Wilkins 15: Jack Howitt. Replacements 16: Reef Thompson 17: Cameron Thomson 18: Josh Freeman 19: Aaron Meakin
Written by Harry Welch
Updated 12:57 - 21 Jan 2018 by David Peck