Crusaders XV secure an emphatic win against Barnstable
Open rugby, aggressive defence and good support play - a thoroughly enjoyable match to watch!
Match reoprt by John Yersin
Brixham’s kick off did not travel 12 metres so we came back to a Barum scrum on halfway. Brixham then defended for the next 5 mins with Barum constantly attacking on our line. But to no avail because of the aggressive Brixham defence, which kept repulsing these attacks. Finally, Brixham won the ball and ran it downfield and a drive from the forwards resulted in a penalty kicked to touch. Again Brixham drove for the line with a powerful final effort from James Nash that resulted in him going over the line. The try was converted by Jack Akery.
Brixham 7 – Barnstable 0
Brixham now showed some excellent defence, defeating several drives towards the line from penalties. Eventually the ball was cleared downfield and a fast follow up by Cody Dyer secured the ball. Brixham were then defending in their own 22 metres when they were awarded a penalty. This was taken like grease lightening by Jamie Hext who ran the length of the pitch outpacing defenders on the way to score under the posts. Jack Akery converted. This was typical of Jamie’s afternoon where he was always harassing his opposite number and continually probing the Barum defence.
Brixham 14-Barnstable 0
It wasn’t all one way traffic for Brixham as Barum mounted several spirited attacks. One from a move stared well out with their second row building up a head of steam and running straight at our winger Connor Doneathy. He bravely took the lock around the legs and the attack was snuffed out. From a line-out on the Barum 22 metres the ball was won cleanly and given out. After a couple of scrappy moves Andre Simonetti picked up and shouldered his way through several Barum players to score under the posts. Yes, Jack converted!
Throughout the half the forwards made many metres driving up-field with Matthew Skeet, Ryan Bradfield and Robert Allison to the fore.
Half time Brixham 21- Barnstable 0
Harvey Piper, Tommy Windeatt, and Luke Boot joined in the fray for the second half.
Play was, for a time confined to either side of the halfway line but what became obvious was the increasing dominance of the Brixham scrum over that of Barum. Brixham also continued to win turn-over ball as in the first half, due to the driving power of the Brixham forwards. Great improvement on past performances. If Brixham had allowed Barnstable an inch they would have taken a yard! But as it was they didn’t allow Barum to get away with much.
After much pressure by the forwards the ball was spun out to Sean Dallow who put the finishing touches to it by scoring a tumbling try receiving the pass on the 22 metre line. Jack Akery kicked the conversion from the touch line.
Brixham 28-Barnstable 0
It was all Brixham for the next 15 mins with Barnstable ending up with a try. A poor kick into the full back’s arms and he ran the length of the field to score. He converted his own try.
Brixham 28- Barnstable 7
Again, pressure from Brixham eventually allowed Joel Armitage to go on a rampaging run to score near the posts. Uncharacteristically Jack missed the conversion!
Brixham 33-Barnstable 7.
This was the final score of the game. It was a game where both teams wanted to play open rugby and were allowed to by the referee. A thoroughly enjoyable match to watch particularly if you were a Brixham supporter. It was good to see the team enjoying themselves too, good support play and multiple turnovers by the forwards.
So what do we get out of this?
Areas for improvement:
Better decision making with ball distribution.
Great support play
Multiple turn overs
Good place kicking
Forwards running at the opposition with determination. Too many to name them all.
There must have been numerous names put forward for ‘Man of the Match’ but Jamie Hext took it with his quick thinking and jinking runs. Well done!