RUGBY ROUND-UP: Defeat for Ivybridge, but joy for Saltash, Argaum and Tamar Saracens

IVYBRIDGE suffered a second defeat of the season at the hands of Bideford in South West One West.

The Cross-in-Hand side went down 36-21 away at the north Devon outfit, who had also beaten them 32-22 in November.

However, Ivybridge remain second in the league, although Bridgwater & Albion are now just six points behind them with four games to play.

Cleve look certain for the title after they narrowly beat Clevedon 25-22. That win puts Cleve 14 points ahead of Ivybridge.

In Western Counties West, bottom side Tavistock kept their great escape hopes alive with their second successive win.

They followed up their victory last week over fellow strugglers St Ives with a 27-10 home success over third-from-bottom Wellington.

Tavistock are now three points behind St Ives and seven behind Wellington.

Seventh-placed Devonport Services pushed leaders Teignmouth hard at The Rectory.

Teignmouth have only lost twice this season but they were forced to work hard for an 18-10 victory in Devonport.

Saltash look certain to be joining Services in Western Counties West next season after they beat Withcombe 31-14 in the Cornwall/Devon League.

The Moorlands Lane side remain top, level on points with Crediton, however, the pair are 17 points ahead of third-placed Withycombe with just 20 left up for grabs.

Crediton had a walk-over against bottom side Liskeard-Looe, while third-from-bottom OPMs went down 38-14 at Bude.

There was joy all round for Plymouth’s teams in Devon One.

Argaum are destined for a second successive promotion after their 51-13 hammering of New Cross at Bickleigh Down.

However, St Columba & Torpoint and Plymstock Albion Oaks kept up the pace behind them.

Second-placed Oaks won 29-25 away at Totnes, while third-placed St Columba crushed Torrington 65-5.

Struggling Old Techs, meanwhile, pulled off a great 17-7 win away at Wessex.

In Devon Two, Tamar Saracens all-but mathematically sealed the title with a 98-0 home win over bottom club Plympton Victoria.

There was also a crushing defeat for fellow strugglers DHSOB who went down 79-10 at Dartmouth.

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