Rugby round-up: Impressive first-half display

Torbay Weekly

Exeter University have led the Tribute South West Premier Division table all season but mid-table Brixham have given them two of their hardest games and the students only overhauled the Fishermen late in the second half at Topsham Road at the weekend.

The score had been 20-27 at Astley Park in October, and Brixham, who lost Connor Foster to injury in the warm-up, produced another impressive first-half display to lead 24-14 in the return.

In the end the Uni won 46-31, but Matt Croscombe (2), Harrison Cully and Kai Alton all crossed the students' line and Joel Ashworth kicked two conversions.

It's since been confirmed that Foster sustained a fractured ankle.

Brixham now have a week off before Exmouth arrive at Astley Park on February 12.

In Western Counties West, Sam Nelson-Smith marked his 400th appearance for Paignton with a try, but the injury-hit Cherries were no match for Truro, who won 50-18 at Queen's Park.

David Siddall's penalty was Paignton's only score in the first half and, although Jack Linley-Shaw and James Sach also crossed the Truro line in the second, their weakened defence was no match for the visitors.

Newton Abbot couldn't inflict a first defeat on leaders Wadebridge Camels, losing 19-38 at Rackerhayes but Teignmouth, even without injured Jordan Hellier, did well to pip Wiveliscombe 36-34 at Bitton Park.

Torquay Athletic have been mourning the death recently of popular former chairman Bryan Lang.

But any chance of them following up their rousing display against leaders Pirates Amateurs (23-26) disappeared when they had to take a much-weakened side to Plymstock Albion Oaks in Cornwall/Devon Division - Oaks won 45-5.

Struggling Buckfastleigh Ramblers also did the right thing in turning up at New Cross - the Devon One title chasers duly won 71-7 at Kingsteignton.

Many clubs have this Saturday off, but Newton Abbot  are at home to Penryn, Torquay travel to Liskeard/Looe and New Cross entertain Salcombe.