Rugby round-up: Fishermen battered by improving Exmouth

Torbay Weekly

A week's break did little for South Devon's senior rugby sides, with defeats for Brixham, Paignton, Torquay Athletic and Teignmouth - their first loss of the season - and only Newton Abbot managing to win.

Tries by Matt Croscombe, Ed Goodman and Jason Capaldi, with conversions by Joel Ashworth, gave Brixham their points in a 48-19 defeat away to improving Exmouth in SW Premier Division.

Things don't get any easier for the Fishermen - they welcome second-placed and still unbeaten Hornets from Weston-super-Mare to Astley Park this Saturday.

Paignton trailed WCW leaders Wadebridge only 7-12 at half-time at Queen's Park, but the Camels pulled away to win 36-20.

Newton Abbot were too good for Bideford (33-8) at Rackerhayes but promotion-chasing Teignmouth suffered their first defeat - Tiverton pulled off an upset (25-22) at Bitton Park.

Torquay led 7-0 early on at Saltash in Cornwall and Devon Division, and they were still in front (10-5) at half-time, but they eventually went down 43-17.

Adam Dart and Lewis Harben scored tries, with further points from the boots of Morgan Penrice and James Wood.

The Tics, now in fourth place and five points behind leaders Pirates Amateurs, have a must-win game this Saturday against lowly Tavistock at the Rec.

Tavvy lost 72-0 to second-placed Topsham last weekend, and Topsham have a potentially difficult local derby at Withycombe this Saturday.

In Devon One, new leaders New Cross 'walked over' Dartmouth, but they now face second-placed Exeter Athletic away in one of their key games of the season for the lads from Kingsteignton.

Saturday's fixtures for our local clubs: SW Premier - Brixham v Hornets; West Counties West - Bideford v Paignton, Burnham-on-Sea v Newton Abbot, Truro v Teignmouth; Cornwall and Devon - Torquay Athletic v Tavistock; Devon One - Exeter Athletic v New Cross, Totnes v South Molton, Dartmouth v OPMs, Buckfastleigh Ramblers v Old Technicians.