RUGBY ROUND-UP: Ivybridge captain Geraty suffers nasty injury at Hornet

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IVYBRIDGE are hoping captain Jay Geraty will not be out for too long after suffering a badly dislocated knee in their abandoned National Three South West match at Hornets on Saturday.

The Bridgers were leading 12-0 at the Weston-super-Mare-based club thanks to tries by Charlie Briant and Tom Scoles when hooker Geraty suffered the injury just before half-time.

By then they had already been two other injuries during the game that had held the match up, including one to Ivybridge flanker Alex Hall.

But Geraty could not be moved from the field until an ambulance arrived and by the time it did there was not enough light to continue the game, with the Hornets not having any floodlights.

“Jay has been a brilliant captain for us all season,” said Ivybridge team manager Neil Thomson.

“We’ll miss him next week, but Jay does recover quickly so, hopefully, he won’t be out for too long.

“But we do have to make sure he’s all right.”

Thomson admitted it was frustrating they could not continue the game because it was too dark.

“All we needed was another 20 minutes,” he said. “It was frustrating because the game was winnable and things were going in our favour.

“But we’ve now got to make the trip again.

“We just have to make sure we beat Chippenham next week now.”

There was disappointment in Western Counties West for both Devonport Services and Saltash.

Services, after ending a two month losing run last week against high-flying Exeter University, were brought back down to earth away at Tiverton.

Tiverton, with former Albion players Tom Skelding and Wayne Sprangle in their side, won 29-10.

The defeat sees Services drop down to 10th in the table, behind Saltash, who are ninth.

Saltash, who have a game in hand on most of their rivals, will have been disappointed to have lost 29-24 at bottom club Penryn on Saturday.

Western Counties West is very tight now. Every team has won at least three matches and only nine points separate fourth from 13th.

Dave SansomPlymouth Argaum’s director of rugby Dave Sansom was delighted after his team claimed their first win since early October by beating Exeter Saracens 27-10 at Bickleigh Down.

“We did need a win,” said Sansom.

“It’s been a good week. I’m happy for two reasons, one I was found not guilty at a hearing and also we won.

“I still think we will do pretty well this season and be in the top half of the table.

“We have got a really deep squad and there’s been nothing I’ve been unhappy with this season. The only thing is we should have had at least five more points.”

Argaum were 13-0 up at half-time thanks to tries by John Ireland and Ben Glanfield, with Jake Turfrey kicking a penalty.

Recent signing from Devonport Services Alistair Murray increased Argaum’s lead after the break before Exeter came back to cut the gap to 10 points.

But a try for University of St Mark and St John winger Lewis Chick, who was making his home debut after recovering from a head injury the previous week, sealed the match for Argaum.

Argaum’s next opponents will be city rivals Plymstock Albion Oaks, who are on an amazing run in the Cornwall/Devon League.

They are now eight games unbeaten having hammered bottom club Newquay Hornets 57-0 away on Saturday.

Oaks remain fourth, but they are just three behind second-placed Bude.

Tavistock moved out of the bottom three after picking up a bonus point in a 14-10 home defeat to Paignton.

In Devon One, OPMs put up a good show against unbeaten leaders Wessex but were beaten 13-0 at Elburton, while bottom side St Columba & Torpoint went down 47-10 away at New Cross, who before this weekend had only claimed one win.

In Devon Two, Old Techs kept up their promotion hopes with a hard-earned 10-8 away at Salcombe.

Old Techs stay fourth but are now just six points behind leaders Ilfracombe, who were surprisingly beaten 32-13 away at Buckfastleigh.

There was disappointment for DHSOB who narrowly lost 12-5 away at Dartmouth, while Plympton Victoria went down 98-0 away at title-chasing Torrington.

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