Rugby round-up: Teams dig deep to support Ukraine

Torbay Weekly

South Devon rugby clubs may be having a season of mixed fortunes, but their hearts remain as big as ever - as Brixham and New Cross (Kingsteignton) showed at the weekend.

Paignton, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Torquay Athletic are all expected to follow suit when they play at home this Saturday, but the Fishermen and New Cross both dug deep to raise money to support Ukraine.

A half-time draw, during Brixham's SW Premier 25-25 draw with Ivybridge at Astley Park, raised £450.

New Cross picked themselves up from a 22-5 defeat at Devon One promotion rivals Exeter Saracens to return to their 'local' Ten Tors Inn for a 'Mad March Hare Night'.

It raised more than £2,300 for the British Red Cross for Ukraine and Devon Air Ambulance.

Newton Abbot have also established a 'Justgiving' page and a drop-off point at Rackerhayes for gifts of clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and toys.

On the pitch it was another big weekend for the All Whites, who hung on for a 36-34 away win over top-four rivals Chard in Western Counties West Division.

Newton led 26-7 at half-time, but scored only ten points in the second half, Jack Sweeney's five points from the boot proving decisive as Chard missed two late penalties to win it.

Newton could go third if they beat struggling Falmouth this Saturday.

Two second-half Henry Hoare tries cheered Paignton in a 32-18 defeat at second-placed Burnham-on-Sea.

Teignmouth couldn't quite force a bonus-point at newly-crowned champions Wadebridge Camels, despite tries by George Franklin, Pete Bilham and Alex Ford in a 47-17 loss.

Torquay Athletic will want to forget their trip to Devon One promotion chasers Topsham - the Tics lost 109-5! - and they've now conceded 166 points in their last two away games.

New Cross' defeat at Exeter Saracens means that the Devon One title is now out of their hands.

They are still top of Devon One, by a point from South Molton and two from Saracens. New Cross don't play on Saturday, while their rivals, who both have a game in hand, do.

Saturday fixtures: Okehampton v Brixham, Newton Abbot v Falmouth, Teignmouth v Bideford, Paignton v Chard, Torquay v Withycombe, Salcombe v Buckfastleigh, Plymouth Argaum v Dartmouth, Tamar Saracens v Totnes.