Bath Rugby U18 were edged out 19-14 by a strong Exeter Chiefs U18 outfit on Saturday.
In wet and muddy conditions at Truro College, it was the hosts got the first points on the board with Alfie Petch scoring after just three minutes. Olly Toomey added the extras to give Exeter an early seven-point lead. 7-0
Four minutes later, Bath hit back through the Tom de Glanville, whose searing line break saw the fly-half cross the whitewash. The talismanic playmaker converted his own try to level the scores. 7-7
The game remained all-square heading into the interval, with all to play for going into the second 40 minutes.
Half-time – Exeter Chiefs U18 7-7 Bath Rugby U18
The Chiefs found themselves back in the lead 11 minutes into the second-half, and the early pressure told as replacement prop Elliot Salt put his side back in front. 14-7
Just like the first half, Bath restored order with Miles Gilbert continuing his prolific run of form. The centre split the Chiefs defence and crossed the line to notch his fifth try in three games. 14-14
With the game heading into the last 20 minutes, it was Exeter who secured the match-winning score. Number eight Rus Tuima effort proved to be the difference, but the visitors will take a lot of positives from the fixture moving forwards.
Academy Pathway Coach, Ryan Davis, said: “It was collectively one of the best performances of the year, and it showed how far we have come in the last few games.
“For 60-70 minutes, Bath dominated the game, and our ability to move the ball in poor playing conditions was a particular highlight.”
Final score - Exeter Chiefs U18 19-14 Bath Rugby U18