Sharks bitten by Eagles
PUBLISHED: 16:54 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010
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EAST Devon Eagles won 32-28 in their game against Devon Sharks at Torquay and the contest was every bit as close as the final score suggests. Skipper Dave McCarthy went over for the game's opening score, this after some neat approach play from Nathan Budd
EAST Devon Eagles won 32-28 in their game against Devon Sharks at Torquay and the contest was every bit as close as the final score suggests.Skipper Dave McCarthy went over for the game's opening score, this after some neat approach play from Nathan Budd and Paul Flower. Rich Cadywould duly converted but a powerful end to the first half saw the Sharks cross the line themselves twice, one of which was converted, and they went into the break with a 10-6 lead.Direct from the re-start, Mike Richards played the ball to McCarthy, the latter, who moved it to Jack Downie for him to cross under the posts. With another Cadywould conversion, the Eagles regained the lead. However, the Sharks again showed a response and they too scored as the lead swapped hands once again.Player Coach Tony Emmins then touched down, Cadywould converted and five minutes later Mark Wathes weaved his way through the Sharks' defence to score out wide on the right.In the 70th minute, Nathan Budd scored under the posts, Cadywould kicked the goal, and the Eagles held a 30-16 lead but again the Sharks bounced back, scored two converted tries and closed the deficit to just two points. It was not until the closing minutes that the Eagles sealed the game, Cadywould converting a penalty kick to secure the game and with it the League Title.There was sterling defence throughout the match by Jack Downie, Andy Kay, Darren Bowden, Nick Smith and Tony Emmins, whilst the Man of the Match award went to Jack Downie for his all round contribution to the game.Tries: McCarthy, Downie, Emmins, Wathes, Budd.Goals: Cadywould 6.The Eagles, as 'minor premiers' have home advantage for the August 9 Grand Final where they will meet the Titans or the Vikings.