Ivybridge RFC U16s 51,

Exeter Saracens U16s 19

Ivybridge beat Exeter in a much closer Fisherman’s Cup game than the scoreline suggests. Comments from the spectators at the final whistle confirmed that the winning margin didn’t reflect how well both teams played.

It was the Ivybridge three quarters who had the upper hand with good running lines and handling skills.

The forwards battle was much more even, with both teams showing great intensity in the set piece and open play.

Apart from Henry diving over from a loose ruck within inches of the Saracens line, all of the Ivybridge tries came from running plays.

Both Dan and Matt B were always looking for the opportunity to run at the Saracens defence and both bagged a couple of tries.

Seb and Joe also crossed the try line with lovely runs, but the try of the day went to Jack, his first try for the team.

Although somewhat surprised to have the ball in hand, Jack set off from within his own half at speed with a number of Saracens in pursuit, but they could not catch him.

Taylor had an interesting day with his kicking, scoring conversions from the try line but not having the same success closer to the posts.

As for Saracens, they did not give up. Although their three-quarters were less successful than their opposite numbers, the forwards were very capable and claimed three good tries from forward pressure.

Both teams played well in an exciting game to watch on a cold winter’s morning.