Crusaders v Torbay Sharks
Good game in the making curtailed by unfortunate injury
Match Report By John Yersin
Brixham took the game to Torbay Sharks from the kick off with Scott Pierce and James Nash making plenty of ground. A penalty was kicked to the Sharks line and the ensuring scrum led to some good interplay between the backs and forwards. With the end result being Connor Doneathy taking an inside pass and carving through the defence to score for Brixham.
Brixham 5- Sharks 0
This stung the Sharks into action and they used their large and mobile forwards to make big in-roads into Brixham’s territory. These were successfully contained by Brixham but it was obvious where their strengths lay. This was amply demonstrated on 20 mins when Sharks were awarded a scrum 5m out from the Brixham line and secured a push-over try that was converted.
Brixham 5-Sharks 7
This was now an interesting contest where the bigger Sharks were running at a smaller Brixham team. However this was offset by Brixham being the more mobile unit. A good positional kick by Jack Avery from the Sharks 10m line to the top touch nearly resulted in a try had the ball been collected cleanly.
The Sharks now began to turn the screw taking every advantage of their big lads carrying well and with some very controlled mauling. We didn’t manage to stop many of their mauls quickly but no tries resulted. Brixham continued to run at the Sharks and were able to win ball but Sharks were looking dangerous. Brixham were tackling bravely but on one of the Sharks drives for the line the Brixham forwards were repulsing it when lock Joe Duddley picked up a neck injury that, to the Refs alertness, play was stopped immediately for attention to Joe. The trainers decided to leave Joe and wait for an ambulance. This meant that play was suspended but after approx. 15mins waiting for the ambulance to arrive it was decided to abandon the match.
Good work by the Brixham coaches in that Joe was kept still and warm. I am delighted to report that there was no lasting damage to Joe’s neck although he will be out for a few games with damaged ligaments. We all wish you well Joe.