Field day for Leo as county start with a win

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEAC'S WEEK -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE opened their Bill Beau­mont County Cham­pi­onship at Dock­ham Road with a 54-14 de­mo­li­tion of Devon.

The game was barely 3 min­utes old when after a good build up winger Harry Tovey darted over for the first try, full back Leo Field­ing con­vert­ing.

Devon spurned a chance to re­duce the ar­rears when Tom Putt sliced his penalty wide and Glouces­ter­shire ex­tended their lead to 14-0 when, after a Liam Hem­ming break, Field­ing raced over for his first try which he duly con­verted.

How­ever Devon were soon on the at­tack from a way­ward Glouces­ter­shire pass, Putt touch­ing down by the posts be­fore adding the ex­tras.

Cen­tre Sam Goat­ley crossed for a well worked un­con­verted try and just be­fore the half time break flanker Ge­orge An­gell burst over from an at­tack­ing maul with Field­ing adding the ex­tras to ex­tend the Glouces­ter­shire lead to 26-7 .

Glouces­ter­shire opened the sec­ond half with some flu­ent rugby and star man Field­ing scored his sec­ond try, which he con­verted for a 33-7 lead.

Glouces­ter­shire con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and after good work from the for­wards cen­tre Will Mans­field touched down for an­other try,

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Field­ing adding the con­ver­sion.

The de­mo­li­tion con­tin­ued as Goat­ley grabbed his sec­ond try, Field­ing con­vert­ing from wide out on the touch­line.

With 62 min­utes played an­other jink­ing break from Hem­ming found Field­ing to stroll over for his hat trick try, fol­lowed by his sev­enth con­ver­sion.

Devon, in a rare visit to the Glouces­ter­shire half, were able to fin­ish on a high note when captain Wayne Spran­gle touched down with Putt con­vert­ing with the last kick.

Glouces­ter­shire face Kent at Clifton on Satur­day.

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