Junior rugby round-up
Paignton Saxons...12 Stonehouse Sharks...65
THE Goodrington sea air would appear to have a positive affect on the travelling Sharks who enjoyed an emphatic victory over hosts Paignton.
Jake Stanton led the visitors' try tally with five scores, with Jack Franklin and Zack Harris bagging two tries apiece.
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Team-mates Lewis Hunt and Kallon Malone scored one each, while Lewis Swatton had a good day with the boot, successfully converting five.
Tavistock...19 Exeter Saracens...17
TAVISTOCK survived a late fight-back by much-improved Exeter Saracens.
Tavistock had beaten Saracens by 50 points at the beginning of the season by the Exeter side and could have secured a draw in this match had they not missed a conversion with the last move of the match.
Tavvy started well and eventually their pressure told when George Hillson scored a converted try under the posts from the base of a scrum.
Exeter pulled a try back in the second half but Tavvy hit back with a second converted try from Hillson after good work by Ethan Lamerton.
Ben Milligan added a third try, which Hillson was unlucky not to convert.
Saracens rallied late on, but they were unable to convert a try in the corner with the last kick of the game.
Paignton Saxons...0 Stonehouse Sharks...56
STONEHOUSE dominated this fixture against an under-strength Paignton team from the off and returned with a deserved victory.
Sharks gained the initiative straight away as from the kick-off lock Tom Hind took the ball and made a powerful run through the middle.
Supported by Jerome Clench and Harry Bishop, Hind opened the scoring with a try in the right-hand corner.
Straight from the re-start Sharks' scrum-half Tommy Pullinger made a run down the opposite wing to score on the left.
Sharks were unrelenting. From the resumption the ball fell into the hands of prop Finlay Salter who took it forward before linking with Joseph Lynch, Bishop and Clench, who scored under the posts. Toby Moss converted.
Again Sharks moved through the phases to allow centre Jacob Roberts to put the ball down but he was adjudged to have made two movements and the try was ruled out.
However, shortly after Clench scored again, charging through the opposition with speed and power.
From the re-start, Clench again charged forward down the middle.
He was hauled down on the 22 but lock Joseph Lynch was there to pick up and score.
Fly-half Toby Moss then scored before half-time, running half the length of the pitch evading two defenders after selling an outrageous dummy before converting his own try.
Stonehouse dominated after the break with centre Harry Bishop adding to the try count following good work from Sean Brown and Clench.
Josh Lynch scored next with his try converted by Brown.
More strong running, support play and handling from Brown, Moss and Scott Cooper allowed the flanker to score from the move he started.
Wing Brandon Wilton rounded the game off with a well-deserved try.
Kingsbridge...20 Devonport Services...5
HONOURS ended even as Services' youngsters featured in two matches at Kingsbridge.
In the first encounter the visitors were taught an impressive lesson by Kings in the opening period.
The hosts' passing was faultless and they broke through Services' defence three times to lead 15-0 at the break.
Services' second-half performance was much improved, matching Kings' efforts with both teams scoring once, the visitors' try coming from Greg Fisilau.
Kingsbridge...15 Devonport Services...20
SERVICES put on a much-improved performance in the second match, notably their passing which restricted Kings to a 10-5 lead at the break.
The second period was an even affair but just at the end Ethan Kelly tackled, collected the loose ball and drove over to score the winner for Services.
The man of the match award went to Louis Plumley.
OPMs...2 Plymstock Albion Oaks...7 (score in tries)
EVERY Oaks player deserved credit for this victory with each member of the team giving 100 per cent effort.
OPMs put the first try on the board but thereafter did not get a look in as Oaks made the match their own.
Charlie Groves levelled the scores with a well-worked try which saw passes and support given by Ollie Neyle-Opie, Callum Lyons and JJ Rice.
After the break, Oaks ran away with the game.
Charlie Groves, Boo Brown and Chris Dunstan made massive tackles and Luca Manuell, Stanley Butchart and Megan Curtis followed up in support.
Oaks bagged six tries conceding just the once as Brown scored a hat-trick. Groves bagged a second try while Neyle-Opie and Dunstan both touched down once.
Dunstan was named man of the match for his all-round display.
OPMs...1 Plymstock Albion Oaks..7 (score in tries)
PLYMSTOCK'S players put in another superb shift with all the players deserving recognition for their energy and drive.
Oaks scored after one minute with Ollie Dunn linking well with Alfie Jenkins to put the first points on the board.
Oaks led 4-1 at the end of the first period courtesy of tries from Alfie Jenkins (2), Cameron Hill and Ollie Dunn.
In the second half, Oaks were unstoppable and romped away with the game, touching down three times without reply.
Dunn crossed twice to complete his hat-trick while Hill scored his second of the match.
The text-book tackling of Matt Broughton won him man of the match.
OPMs..1 Plymstock Albion Oaks...15 (score in tries)
A FINE team performance of attacking and defensive play saw Oaks achieve their best result for some time.
There was not one moment in the game where Oaks were not only giving but also concentrating 100 per cent in a master class of tag rugby.
Such was Oaks' dominance that OPM could only break though once midway through the second half.
OPM U8...14 Plymstock Albion Oaks...12 (score in tries)
THE second friendly between the sides proved to be a closer affair with the victory going to the hosts.
OPM then made changes and Oaks restarted with a fresh line-up, resulting in the sides trading tries in the first half.
Liskeard-Looe...10 Plymouth Albion/Newquay...31
ALBION went into a 14-point lead halfway through the first half using the width of the pitch to set up their first win of the season.
The fine ball-handling skills in the back-line of Tallulah Murphy and Robyn Greene resulted in the pair scoring a try a piece.
Jessica Parkes again continues to show her potential with powerful running.
Shelby Lee worked tirelessly along with Taylor Gill and line-out specialist Lauren Jewell.
Further tries were added to by captain Ruby Lee and Daisy Fahey who also kicked three conversions.
Charlotte Lawson gains in confidence with each game bur the player of the match award went to Stacey Parker.
Her elusive and searing runs confounded the opposition all afternoon and despite some desperate, bone-shuddering-tackles from a frustrated Liskeard team Stacey and Albion had the last laugh with a convincing and first win of the season.
TAVISTOCK under-18s teamed up with Newquay to beat Liskeard 37-7.
Alice and Kim Upcott impressed for Tavistock, who dominated up front.
Newquay Hornets...29 Plymouth Albion/Liskeard...0
THE fine weather saw fast-flowing rugby produced at the north Cornwall club.
The score flattered the home team with several of the scores coming from breakaways during sustained pressure from Albion.
Bronwyn Williams tackled relentlessly along with Ellen Lloyd, while new players Jess Thomas, Beth Little and Gemma Logan are improving with each game.
Taylor Gallagher and Chloe Black led by example with Summer Rawlins making some incisive breaks.
But Newquay's better pace proved crucial in securing them the victory.
It is a reflection of the downturn in playing numbers in girls rugby across the region that three sides pooled their resources in order to have full teams for fixtures.
It is something clubs are trying to redress.
TAVISTOCK/Liskeard went down 30-10 to Liskeard/Newquay.
Liskeard were more dominant in the forwards than the inexperienced Tavvy side.
Eleanor Mills, on her first under-15 outing, showed good potential.
PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks boys are looking for players for their U13 team (school Year 8). For more information, contact Mark on 07799 062573.