THE Plymouth Combination ran in six tries to overcome a spirited Plymouth Academicals side 36-7 at Brickfields on Wednesday night.
The Plymouth Combination representative team just had too much fire power for the student outfit, which was made up of the best players from the Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth and Marjon University.
The Combination’s back-row of Devonport Services’ James Hocking, Saltash’s Lewis Wells and Liskeard-Looe’s Adam Powell particularly stood out on the evening.
Wells ended up with two tries, to go with others from Plymstock Albion Oaks’ Alex Chapman, Saltash’s James Moriarty, Tavistock’s Charlie Brown and Plymouth Argaum’s Dan Smith.
Hocking could easily have had two or three but a number of times he was stopped right on the try line by the students, who battled all night and were rewarded with a try by Jake Wade.
“It was a good spectacle and good for local rugby,” said Pete Lethbridge, part of the Plymouth Combination management team. “Plymouth rugby was definitely the winner.
“I think all the boys enjoyed it. Hopefully, we can make it an annual fixture.”
He added: “Our scrums and line-outs went well and we were really happy.
“We now have another game coming up against Torbay Sharks in a few weeks.”
The Combination were delighted with how many players made themselves available to play in the fixture and they were able to pick a side that would have been a match for some county teams.
Straight away they took the game to the students and after number eight Powell was just stopped on the line, Wells eventually scored the game’s opening try and Services’ Richard West added the conversion.
After that the Academicals, who included Plymouth Albion back Tom Davies in their side, had a bit of pressure but without really threatening and in the 23th minute the Combination increased their lead with a fine long-range try by Oaks full-back Alex Chapman after Services’ Tom Richards had fed him. West again converted to make it 14-0.
Cornwall player Wells then got his second try on the left after pressure following a scrum – an area the Combination dominated – to make it 19-0.
But just before half-time, the Academicals hit back with a converted try from fly-half Wade to make the score 19-7 at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second period, the Combination got a fourth try courtesy of Saltash winger Moriarty on the left.
Powerful Tavistock second-row Brown then went over from close range.
The Combination had brought on Saltash forward Devon Bennett-Murray for the second half and he, along with Hocking, caused problems for the students with their strong running.
And the Combination wrapped up the scoring in the 78th minute when Argaum forward Smith forced his way over from close range and Tom Richards converted.
Combination: Alex Chapman (Plymstock AO), Will Morton (Saltash), Ben Hockey (Old Techs), Tom Richards (Devonport Services), Jay Moriarty (Saltash), Richard West (Devonport Services), Jacob Blasdale (Tamar Saracens), Harvey Courtis (Plymstock AO), Aiden Taylor (Devonport Services), Tom Hicklin (Tamar Saracens), Charlie Brown (Tavistock), Dan Smith (Plymouth Argaum), Lewis Wells (Saltash), James Hocking (Devonport Services), Adam Powell (Liskeard-Looe). Reps: Devon Bennett-Murray (Saltash), Jake Turfrey (Argaum), Will Booth (Old Techs), Richard Cann (Tavistock), Adam Corbett (Tamar Saracens).
Academicals: Nick Hobbs, Harrison Coonick, Riley Henderson, Tom Russell, Tom Davies, Jake Wade, Ben Fallows, Iwan Hughes, Rohan Ewels, Will Johnson, Tim Ramshow, Jack Cowie, Harry McCartney, Matt Bailey, Taine Morgan. Reps: Nick Tyler, Mellins Maw, Callum Robertson, Henry Howard, Miles Calvert, Henry Burke, Jack Jones, Reece De Jersey.
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