DEVONPORT High School Old Boys director of rugby Mike Freeman has to try and pick his players up after losing both the Pedrick and RNEC Cup finals on Wednesday night.
The Old Boys’ second team were beaten 42-0 by the Tamar Saracens seconds in the Pedrick Cup, while their first XV went down 34-14 to Plymstock Albion Oaks’ seconds at the Rectory.
Devon Two outfit DHSOB have one last chance of some silverware this season when they play in-form Devon One side New Cross in the Devon Junior Vase on Saturday.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up for the Devon Junior Vase,” said Freeman.
“We’ve got to re-group for New Cross. This is a chance for the players to find out what it would be like to play in Devon One.
“We have made progress this year. Apart from the top two sides in the league we have picked up bonus points or wins against every other side. With a bit more togetherness and organisation and less indiscipline, we could be very competitive next season.”
Freeman, though, admitted his second team were out-classed by a Tamar Saracens side that included the likes of James Hannaford and Jason Stead.
“You’ve just got to accept it,” he said. “We fought hard but just could not keep in it, even though it was only 14-0 at half-time. Our team was made up of old men and young boys and they were playing against a team with a lot of first team experience and a Devon fly-half in it.”
Tamar Saracens were delighted to add another trophy to their collection.
“We are absolutely over moon as that’s two promotions and two cups in two seasons,” said Busfield, whose team are also still Devon Junior Cup.
“It was really nice for the guys who have been squad players this season. Some have come in and played one or two games for the first team but the rest of the time have been putting dog work in for the seconds. It’s nice that they have something to show for their efforts.
“Four of the guys in that team had not played rugby before this year, that’s what I’m proud about.”
Stead, Ty Colwill, Liam Cadd, veteran captain Derek Swatton, Ryan Deacon and Aidan Stringer scored tries for Sarries, with Hannaford kicking the rest of the points.
“At times it was a tough game,” said Busfield. “They (DHSOB) had a couple of very good players, but we played some lovely rugby.
“I was particularly pleased for Liam Cadd and Dan Best, who are two youngsters new to the game who have helped out in the firsts and done a good job. It’s been great to see them develop. I was also pleased for Derek Swatton, who is old school Saracens.”
DHSOB were more competitive in the RNEC final against the second string of Cornwall/Devon League high-flyers Plymstock Albion Oaks.
However, penalties cost them any hopes of lifting the trophy.
Oaks took a 10-0 half-time lead and then went 20-0 up after the interval before Shawn Mucunabitu gave them something to cheer about with a try. However, Oaks went further ahead before the Old Boys’ man-of-the-match Mucunabitu scored another try, which he also converted.