High-speed win for Thornbury
Thornbury extended their run of wins with another impressive victory over difficult opposition in a game of fast all-action rugby
By Dave Fox
Thornbury kicked off downhill and went ahead on four minutes. The forwards drove from a lineout and crashed over for the try. There was some debate about the scorer with Sam Evans and Dan Hussey involved but the try was credited to Sam. Jake Wood’s conversion shaved the outside of the posts.
Despite Thornbury chances, it was Devonport Services who scored next. Their pack included a number of athletic forwards and their handling and ball-retention was particularly impressive. Lineout flanker Will Marsh ran through two weak tackles and scored alongside the posts. Anstis added the extras and went 7-5 ahead.
Shortly before the half hour Thornbury regained the lead when Tom Luke put the ball in the corner and the forwards drove over for a second try scored by Sam Evans. The conversion went wide but Thorns led 10-7.
Then came one of the tries of this or any other season. The Services restarted and kicked long. Thornbury’s forwards won the lineout near their line and the backs decided to run the ball. Alfie Richardson threw a dummy and sprinted to halfway. As the Services cover came across he passed inside to Tom Luke who drew the fullback before passing inside to Jake Wood thirty metres out and he ran in unopposed to score between the posts. He then converted his try to put Thorns 17-7 ahead.
Thornbury tails were up and as the forwards secured quick ball Harry Glew picked up and dived over for the bonus point try. Jake Wood added the conversion and Thornbury were 24-7 ahead at the interval.
It was the Services who started the second half the better. They attacked from the kick-off and with the forwards handling well lock Andy Pond scored out wide. Anstis converted for 24-14.
The next fifteen minutes was all about defence for Thornbury as Devonport Services attacked with great width, power and pace. Thornbury were heroic and it seemed only a matter of time before the defence would crack, but it held out through great organisation and determination.
Early in the final quarter Thornbury extended the lead with one last score. Luke Panting drove hard through three tacklers to score close to the posts. The conversion went wide but Thornbury finished 29-14 ahead.