The Teignbridge Trojans

Trojans make it third time lucky with revenge victory

Torbay Weekly

South Devon’s rugby league team Teignbridge Trojans at last got a win under their belt with a comprehensive victory over Exeter Ravens at Teignmouth’s Bitton Park.

Trojan’s lost the first three games of the season, struggling with injuries. Exeter won their first two two games, including beating Trojans in June.

But in their latest encounter Trojan’s started brighter with two tries from Ryan Lee and one each from Joe Bramley, Ross Fletcher, and Ollie Williamson. Lewis Short kicked two conversions. Exeter Ravens hit back with two tries to make it 24-10 at half time.

Trojan’s pulled away in the second half with a hat trick try for Lee before Ross Fletcher got his second. Nigel East got on the scoresheet and Lee notched his fourth before Short –  named Man of the match- grabbed the final try, beating the defenders with a great dummy. He also added two conversions to make it 48-10 at the final whistle.

Player/coach Joe Bramley said: “It was such a fantastic performance, a culmination of weeks of hard work at training. It’s difficult to keep motivated when we’re on the wrong side of the score each week, but we’ve stuck at it. We’ve been competitive for 60 minutes every week, often leading games, and then a lack of numbers on the bench has let us down. It’s brilliant to have availability that has allowed us to compete for the full 80 minutes, and a credit to the team to not concede in the second half. The boys have never given up this season and always work for each other, they deserve this. They’re a pleasure to coach and captain.”

The Trojans next game is next week, away in South Molton to the unbeaten Tarka Storm. The season finishes with a final home game the following week on July 23 against the Saltash Essayons at Teignmouth RFC’s Bitton Park ground where the Trojans are also hosting a free junior rugby session for children aged from nine to 14 before the game.