Devon Under 20’s looking to get off the mark in Crediton on Sunday

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Wednesday 20th February 2019 8:18 am
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An image from Devon's opening match against Cornwall. ()

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DEVON RFU will be looking to get their first win of the 2019 Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship on Sunday, February 24, when they host Gloucestershire at Crediton (2.30pm).

Devon narrowly lost 29-20 away at Cornwall in their opening group game.

That match in St Austell went right down to the wire with Cornwall scoring a converted try with the last play of the game to make sure of the win.

However, Devon head coach Lewis Paterson felt there were plenty of positives to build on from that performance and he hopes they can take those into this weekend’s match against Gloucestershire, who beat Hampshire 38-12 in their opening fixture.

 “The Cornwall game just slipped away from us at the end,” said Paterson.

“But for our development moving forward there were a massive amount of positives.

“We have a really dangerous side and that was our first game.

“We knew we would be up against it going down into Cornwall and taking on a well-drilled Cornwall side. It was always going to be a difficult game but we have got so much from it. There were loads of positives.

“We are going to continue to grow and we know we have some real potential."

Paterson is hoping the team can show that potential against Gloucestershire in their first home match of the campaign.

After Gloucestershire, Devon will host Hampshire at Ivybridge RFC on March 17.

Devon’s squad (from): Harry Groves (Devonport Services), Tom Gosling (Teignmouth), Nick Headley (Exmouth), Sam Fulthorpe (Exmouth), Thomas Tabb (Plymstock Albion Oaks), Harry Ottaway (Newton Abbot), Dan Armstrong (Exmouth RFC), Callum Wood (Exmouth RFC), William  Throgmorton (Newton Abbot), Tom Cooke (Exmouth RFC), Reece Bartlett (Devonport Services), Owen McLeod (Newton Abbot), Archie  Cruze (Exeter College  AASE), Liam Jarvis (Devonport Services), Joel Broadhurst (Teignmouth), Tom Oxland (Topsham),  Nathan Davies (Ivybridge), Wes Vermingle (Ivybridge), Owen Garner (Ivybridge), Daniel Johnson (Taunton Titans), Marcus Prout (Ivybridge), Jay Toogood (Ivybridge), Bradley Down (Hartpury), Troy Willis (Barnstaple), Lewie Riley (Ivybridge), Ethan Pearce (Crediton), Jacob Smith (Exeter Athletic), Martinas Dromantas (Barnstaple), Asipeli Vea (Sidmouth), Finlay Marks (Withycombe), Toby Turner (Kingsbridge), Callum Davies (Bideford), Will Lamont (Ivybridge), Adam Northcott (Ivybridge), Reegan Spencer (Plymstock Albion Oaks).

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