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Tics hold off Kings in Shield

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

TICS TRIUMPH: The winning Torquay team and their coaches. Back (left to right): Mark Richardson, Jacob Loewy, Ralph Morris, Matt Allen, Joel Hempton, James Davies, Jonah Fletcher, Josh Mackin, Dan Daly, Will Denbow, Adam Dart, Joe Widdecombe, Tony Brierley, Pete Nicolle, John Widdecombe, Ian Brierley. Front : Chris Easson, Ben Halsey, Will Nicolle, Tyler To, Dan Lloyd, Connor Yeo, Ross Flower, Jamie Hext, Ronan Yeo, Steve Davies

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TORQUAY Athletic Colts beat Kingsbridge 17-15 to carry off the Devon Colts Shield.

The Tics went about it the hard way as they were 15-0 down after 25 minutes – and about to have scrum-half Jacob Loewy sin-binned.

Kings had gone all the way to the last eight of the RFU National Colts Cup before losing to Tonbridge Wells 9-8 and were red-hot favourites.

Joel Hempson scored a try just before the half-time break to keep Torquay in the game.

Charlie Brooking and Mike Carson scored tries for Kingsbridge, one converted by Angus Beattie who also kicked a penalty.

The second half began with Kingsbridge attacking with real intent for the first 10 minutes in an effort to seal the match.

Torquay's defence was outstanding and repulsed every attack comfortably. Torquay then gained the field position necessary to launch a concerted attack by the forwards with skipper Dan Lloyd going over for the score. Jamie Hext converted to bring the score to 15-12.

Now it was Kingsbridge's turn to go a man down for pulling back a Torquay player about to dive on a loose ball over the try line.

Torquay felt they had a case for a penalty try, but the referee thought otherwise.

With 15 minutes to go, Torquay pressure brought a try for centre Will Nicholle. The conversion failed.

Kingsbridge had a last-minute chance to snatch the game with a penalty, but the kick went wide.

Jubilant head coach Steve Davis said: "All 19 players we used played well and the coaches are extremely proud of their performance, not just in this match but throughout the season.

"We have improved tremendously during the course of the season and we are now a very good side capable of beating some of the best teams in the country.

"This is a very special group of young men who will take great pride in what they achieved."

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