Withycombe Under-11s put Torquay to the sword
PUBLISHED: 12:36 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:36 12 February 2015
Withycombe Under-11s bagged a terrific triumph in a two-match meeting with Torquay at St Peters School, Lympstone.
Withy broke with tradition to field their strongest team from the start and, even without Joe Farmer, Sam Skinner and the influential Ollie Willis, served up a half hour of rugby as good as anything this age group has delivered to date!
Such was the power of the Withy play that their much larger opponents could not cope and Withy powered to a 45-5 success.
Torquay started well, but fell the full force of some tremendous Withy tackling. Not one was missed with Callum Tose and Alfie Gillard putting in big hits. The team grew from the confidence this game the and, with James Griffin, who was excellent throughout, stealing opposition ball at will it was no surprise when the score board began to tick over in Withys favour.
A source of many such scores was scrum half Ollie Hempstead who spun the ball out to Paddy McGuinness and his clever and quick thinking released Charlie Passmore to run in no fewer than four tries from almost identical positions. Torquay did pull a score back themselves, but this was to be Withies day, and tries followed from Gillard, Griffin, Jack Draper and two from McGuiness.
For a second game Withy chanced where squad and Torquay showed why they are one of the best teams in Devon to turn on the style and run out comfortable winners by 35-5. It was Withies who opened the scoring, with the industrious Harry Bennett seizing on a loose ball to put Withies ahead. That was about as good as it got for Withies though, but great heart can be taken from this second game. Danny Treais, probably the smallest boy on the pitch, had a fine game. As did Harry Williams, whose aggression and snaking runs put Torquay on the back foot numerous times.