THE future of Devonport Services looks in safe hands after the club’s under-15 boys’ team matched their senior men’s side in winning the Devon Cup.
The under-15 team have enjoyed a tremendous season, finishing unbeaten, and they capped it off by overcoming Exeter Saracens 43-21 in a thrilling county final at Tiverton RFC.
Cheered on by a raucous crowd, the Services youngsters made a blistering start and went 14-0 inside the opening 10 minutes.
Captain Louis Tout set the example by forcing his way over for the game’s first try of the game, which Will Lane converted.
Devonport then had to defend for a spell, but they increase their lead when with another Tout try after their forward prowess had been on display again.
Exeter did cut the gap with a converted try of their won, but Devonport, who were dominating the first half, soon went 26-7 ahead with tries by Harry Westlake and Jack Richardson.
With half-time approaching Westlake grabbed an impressive quick-fire hat-trick to put his side 36-7 in front at the interval.
The second half saw Exeter Saracens come out with renewed vigour and they scored three converted tries to cut the gap to 36-21 by the 55th minute.
Devonport Services shuffled their pack to see the game out and the replacements worked as Jake Mackenzie powered over the final try of the game, which Lane converted.