Rugby round-up: Lack of numbers a problem for several clubs

Torbay Weekly

Teignmouth and New Cross (Kingsteignton) rugby clubs have had winning 'results' confirmed after both were involved in abandoned matches recently because of on-pitch injuries.

It is especially important news for New Cross in their bid to win the Tribute Devon One Division title.

The decision restores them to the top of the table with seven games to go.

New Cross were winning 12-5 at title rivals South Molton with 15 minutes to go on January 8, when winger Joe Milburn suffered a dislocated kneecap.

A fortnight later, Teignmouth (Western Counties West) were beating Penryn 21-8 with 20 minutes left at Bitton Park when Jordan Hellier sustained a serious leg injury.

In both cases, the games were called off with the agreement of all sides, after delays for treatment and ambulances to arrive.

New Cross, who beat Salcombe 47-12 at Five Lanes last weekend, now lead South Molton by two points, ahead of another home game against Dartmouth this Saturday.

Lack of numbers, a problem which is facing several smaller clubs at the moment, forced Dartmouth to call off their home game against South Molton at the weekend

In WC West, Teignmouth are fifth, two points ahead of local rivals Newton Abbot, as they travel to Tiverton on Saturday.

The All Whites did play, and beat Penryn 55-14 at Rackerhayes, and they are away to Bideford next, while Paignton face their toughest game of the season, against 100 per cent leaders Wadebridge Camels in Cornwall.

Brixham (eighth) resume their SW Premier programme at home to Exmouth (fifth) on Saturday, while Torquay Athletic (Cornwall/Devon) take on Saltash at the Recreation Ground.

The Tics, who lost 45-5 with a much-weakened team at Plymstock Albion Oaks in their last outing, could not raise a side to travel to Liskeard/Looe last weekend.

Other Saturday fixtures: Devon One - Totnes v Exeter Saracens, Buckfastleigh Ramblers v OPMs (Plymouth).