RUGBY: Maidenhead 13 Devizes 24
3:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Latest Sport News
DEVIZES broke their away duck in South West One East this season with a superb victory in Berkshire against a side that were two divisions higher last season.
The Saddlebacks were forced into a front row reshuffle prior to the match, Seb Hutchings stepping in at hooker, with Toby Randall returning at tighthead prop and Chris Lewis at loosehead.
Despite a confident start on their rivals’ 3G pitch, Devizes fell behind when home captain and wing Simon Cripps crossed in the corner for an unconverted try.
The visitors then lost flanker Jake Richardson to the sin-bin after pulling down a lineout jumper but despite a penalty miss by Andy Thompson, they recovered well and levelled when sipper and scrum-half Tom Collins chipped over the defence for Luke Rapson to control and touch down.
The back row of Julian Taylor, Craig Bryant and Richardson continued to cause problems for the home side and Thompson’s penalty nudged his side ahead.
Maidenhead responded and prop Mike Parrott bundled over from close range to take a two-point lead at the break.
Superb tactical kicking by Rapson, Thompson and centres Chris Holloran and Rory Brown was a feature of Devizes’ excellent second half before Richardson drew his man to send Chris Barter over to restore their lead.
Jorge Wadman knocked on with the line beckoning, but Moses Navunisaravi, who had stepped off the bench on for Bryant, powered over for his first try for the club.
With Maidenhead losing their heads and a man, Devizes finished stronger despite a home penalty reducing the deficit.
Brown and Thompson added further penalties and, when Maidenhead back Greg Jackson was knocked unconscious, although later released from hospital, Devizes’ famous victory was confirmed by the final whistle.
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