The Year 11 boys became U16 South Devon champions in their last ever rugby tournament for PCSA.
The team started in impressive form by beating Teign School 24–5, showing incredible discipline and patience in defence. Prop, Brad Green, was in fine form in both attack and defence and really caught the eye.
They then played Coombeshead who looked strong in their opening game. Paignton soon stamped their authority on the game by running in three quick tries, two by speed merchant Jamie Pope. Although the game became tense in the second half, Paignton showed terrific character by holding on to win 24-14.
Churston were our third opponents. We were forced to make changes to the team due to injury and brought in Blake Neal, Jamie Hooper and Charlie Tippett, who all played crucial roles. The forward pack really showed their dominance in this game with important turnovers in the scrum and line out. The constant presence of Marcus Coombes, Danny Smith, Josh Organ and skipper, Alex Radcliffe, meant that Paignton could take control of the game and run in another four tries to seal the win plus another bonus point for the amount of tries scored. The game ended in a 24-5 win for our boys.
The final game promised to be the toughest yet. With injuries taking their toll, each and every player had to stand up and be counted. The championship was on the line against what had been a very impressive Newton Abbot team. Reece Faux really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck at fly half and ‘broke the line’ twice in the first two minutes. However, it was the forwards’ combination that again worked the ball so well and eventually saw our captain, Alex Radcliffe, score what was the best team try of the whole day. The constant pressure paid off and Paignton went on to win both the match (29-14) and the championship with a clean sweep of victories.
Many congratulations to all the boys for their fantastic achievement which will, hopefully, stay long in the players’ memories.
Many thanks go to every player for their efforts – from a very proud Mr Godfree.