Former Ivybridge Students star in Champions Cup Victory for Exeter Chiefs
On Saturday, 18 January, former Ivybridge Community College students Dave Ewers, Sam Simmonds, Stu Townsend, Sam Hill and Joe Simmonds all played a big role in Exeter’s 33 -14 victory over French side, La Rochelle, sealing a home quarter final in the Champions Cup, with four out of the five scoring points in the game.
Flanker, Dave Ewers was able to pick from the base of the ruck before driving under the posts for the score giving Joe Simmonds an easy conversion. Number 8, Sam Simmonds, scored his first of two tries just after the break off of Exeter’s renowned pick and go attack, he was able to crash his way over which again was expertly converted. The second score came from a dominant scrum which was controlled perfectly by Simmonds who was able to dive on the ball once it had crossed the line for his second try of the game, earning Exeter the bonus point for four tries. The final score of the game was by Townsend who was able to finish off a 70 metre break in the 61st minute to take the game away from the visitors before Joe was able to convert, taking the score to 33 -14.
As a College our Rugby programme continues to flourish. Currently our Year 10 Team is in the last eight in the country. As role models, our former players make teachers and students alike so proud. All of the players involved visit the College regularly to speak to students, most recently at our Sports Awards evening.