Sun 18 Feb 2018 06:59 PM

Falmouth ground out a hard-fought victory against second placed Devonport Services after being pegged back in their own half for the final 20 minutes.

First half tries from Anthony Geach and winger Mark Lea meant that The Eagles took an early lead.

Despite a late 68th minute try from Devonport Falmouth’s defence held out bravely to take a well-deserved victory.

Falmouth Director of Rugby Graham Whitmore said: “The last few minutes seemed to be never ending, but the boys showed great resilience and thoroughly deserved the win.” 

Falmouth had the first chance of the match in the 4th minute when Tommy Tonkins intercepted a loose pass from the Devonport fly-half, however he did not have the pace to beat the Devonport fullback.

But five minutes later and Falmouth were in the lead when Mikey Austin chipped over the away defence before the bounce deceived Toby Knowles on the wing and fell nicely for Lea to collect and dive over the line unchallenged. Justyn Irons couldn’t convert leaving the scores at 5-0.

Devonport were on the board in the 14th minute when The Eagles were penalised for having hands in the ruck right in front of the posts and Richard West punished the mistake to bring the score 5-3.

Falmouth were not discouraged by the points gained by the away side and were soon another try ahead when Irons’ popped the ball to the onrushing Geach who ploughed a hole in the Devonport back-line to score under the posts, allowing an easy kick for Irons to make it 12-3 at half time.

The second half was hearts in mouths for The Eagles supporters with a series of bombardments on the home back-line, but every time the Falmouth defence were equal to the oncoming attack.

Eventually Devonport found their try 10 minutes before the final whistle after a series of phases close the Falmouth try line eventually worked room for Joe Daly to secure Devonport’s first try of the match. West could not complete the conversion meaning the score-line read 12-8.

Devonport had chances to take the lead in the final 10 minutes with Matt Anstis coming on and controlling the play with some great wide passes, however the Falmouth defence was too strong for Devonport to break and after the final whistle sounded it was Falmouth who took the win.

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