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Your News Late Hayes try sinks Devon U20

My heart was in my hands. admitted Gloucestershire U20 coach Mike Panaho after having watched his side scrape a 13-11 win over visitors Devon U20 at Lydney RFC last Sunday in their second South West Group B match of this seasons RFU National U20 Championship.

In fact, the defending 2011 National U20 champions had been behind for the majority of the match up until a late try from Hartpury College centre Jack Hayes spared their blushes.

Devon were good, admitted Panaho. Their structure was good, they had a good driving line-out and scrum and we were a little nave. We brought on a few fresh legs and that gave us a bit more physicality up front.

The visitors took control early on and had points on the board after just five minutes when lock Dom Loomes touched down off a rolling maul.

And things got worse for Gloucestershire when energetic flanker Louis Spencer was sin-binned after fifteen minutes and Devon fly half Rob Avery-Wright kicked the ensuing penalty to extend the visitors lead to 8-0.

The home side finally opened their account when Devon strayed offside and full back Jack OConnell reduced the deficit with a penalty.

And, despite being under the cosh for much of the half, they were all-square, 8-8, by half-time when prop Rick Cano bundled his way over following a period of pressure on the visitors line.

A 46th minute Oli Massey-Birch penalty restored the visitors lead before Gloucestershire raised their game, only to lose their fly half Tom Law with a suspected broken leg midway through the half.

But, from some initial fine play from wing Taylor Stevens and Hayes, Gloucestershire worked the ball skilfully through the phases and it was Hayes who finally burst between two defenders to dab down what was to prove to be the winning try.

Watching Devon Chairman of Playing Terry Brown commented: It was an excellent performance from the lads and a credit to the competition. Two or three of them should make it all the way into the England Counties team.

Gloucestershire U-20: Jack O'Connell (Cinderford); Taylor Stevens (Filton College), Harry Saunders (Bath), Jack Hayes (Hartpury College), Pierre Tucker (UWIC); Tom Law (UWIC), Joe Hoyle (Matson); James Gibbons (Hartpury College), Sam Evans (Clifton), Ricky Cano (Bristol), Miles Normandale (UWIC) (c), Mike Uren (UWIC), Kyle Frowen (Cinderford), Louis Spencer (Hartpury College), Harry Hone (Avonmouth). Reps: Josh Haynes (Cinderford) for Gibbons, Nico Woodward (Cinderford) for Evans, Sam Chapel-Davis (Newbridge) for Cano, Lewis Powell (Cinderford) for Uren, Sam Baker (Stourbridge) for OConnell, Chris Harrington (Cirencester) for Law, Mitch Spencer (Dings Crusaders) for Hoyle.

Devon U-20: Oli Massey-Birch (UWIC); Toby Williamson (Barnstaple), Cameron Setter (UWIC), Kevin Dennis (Okehampton), Josh Smith (Newton Abbot); Rob Avery-Wright (Newton Abbot), Ollie Mulberry (UWIC); George Snell (Bideford), Sam Bennett (Devonport Services), Nigel Berry (Exmouth), Dom Loomes (Ivybridge), Rupert Edwards (Plymouth University), Stuart Persey (Cullompton), Kade Dillon (Plymouth University), Dan Lee (Barnstaple). Reps: Jack Evans (Devonport Services), Dan Luffman (Tavistock), Matt Dayment (Newton Abbot), Matt Dowrick (Newton Abbot), Ben Higgins (Exmouth), Tom Whitford (Torquay Athletic), Chris Farrell (Newton Abbot).

Referee: Andrew Walker (Somerset Society)

National U20 Championship South West B Group - Results to date

Cornwall 22 Gloucestershire 37

Devon 33 Somerset 8

Somerset 20 Cornwall 22

Gloucestershire 13 Devon 11

Fixtures remaining:-

Mar. 4 Cornwall v Devon, Hayle RFC

Gloucestershire v Somerset, Lydney RFC

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