RUGBY ROUND-UP: Ivybridge look to keep run going until end of the season


Plymstock Albion Oaks IIs who won the RNEC Cup on Wednesday night at the Rectory

IVYBRIDGE could finish their first season in National Three South West even better than they started it.

The Cross-in-Hand side announced their arrival at level five by winning four out of five of their opening matches.

Although they could not quite keep that form up during the middle part of the campaign they have certainly re-found the winning formula in the last few weeks.

They have claimed three victories in a row, beating Hornets, Chippenham and Old Centralians.

They have got two games left and the target is to finish with five consecutive wins.

On Saturday, they travel to already-relegated Old Patesians, who were their opening opponents in National Three. Eighth-placed Ivybridge edged to a 13-9 victory that day in September.

“We are targeting the Old Patesians game,” said player-coach Lewis Paterson. “They are already relegated and hopefully we can exploit that.

“We’re just looking to really finish the season on a high.”

A number of the Ivybridge team are likely to feature for Devon next Tuesday night when the county cross the Tamar to take on Cornwall in the annual Tamar Cup.

Ivybridge had eight players in the Devon squad that played the Royal Navy recently.

Tamar Saracens IIs celebrate winning the Pedrick Cup

Tamar Saracens IIs celebrate winning the Pedrick Cup

In Western Counties West, Saltash travel to leaders Kingsbridge knowing they are already relegated back to the Cornwall/Devon League.

Ashes adventure in Western Counties West lasted just a season. Their defeat at second-placed Okehampton in mid-week condemned them to the drop.

On Saturday, they travel to a Kingsbridge side, who need to win to give themselves a chance of winning the title. Kingsbridge are currently three points ahead of Okehampton, but Gareth Evans’ Okes team have two games left compared to Kingsbridge’s one.

Elsewhere, in Western Counties West, Devonport Services bring an end to their league campaign with an away trip to 10th-placed Wadebridge.

Services are currently eighth, but could finish seventh or ninth.

The city side beat Wadebridge 29-25 on the opening day of the season at the Rectory.

In the Cornwall/Devon League, Tavistock face a must-win match at home to Falmouth (3pm).

Tavistock sit in the final relegation spot with two games to go, but they could still overtake Hayle or Honiton above them.

However, they need to win on Saturday to have any hope of staying up as Hayle, who are four points ahead of them, will be expected to beat bottom side Newquay.

That is Hayle’s last match, but Tavistock will have Newquay to play next week, but unless they win this weekend that fixture could be irrelevant.

Plymouth Argaum coach Dave Sansom certainly believes Tavistock can beat Falmouth at Sandy Park and he hopes he can help them by beating Honiton at Bickleigh Down.

“We’d like to do Tavistock a favour,” said Sansom. “You want local derbies as they are always good games. Would we rather have travel to Honiton or Hayle or go to Tavistock?

“If Tavistock can get a win against Falmouth and then pick up a bonus point win against Newquay then they will stay up and I’m hoping they do.”

Sansom is hoping his team can bring an end to their home campaign on a high.

“It’s our last home game and we will be trying hard to win,” he said.

Elsewhere in the Cornwall/Devon League, fourth-placed Plymstock Albion Oaks face a tough trip to second-placed St Ives.

Meanwhile, Devon One champions Tamar Saracens will be hoping to reach the final of the Devon Junior Cup.

They host Ilfracombe in a hastily arranged semi-final at Parkway on Saturday.

“It will be a club XV, but we’ll do what we can,” said Tamar Saracens coach Stuart Busfield.

“If we win we’ll face either South Molton or Dartmouth away and it would keep the boys playing and happy.”

Devon Two’s bottom side DHSOB are also in cup action on Saturday when they take on in-form Devon One side New Cross.

“New Cross finished fourth in Devon One, but they have been flying recently,” said Old Boys’ director of rugby Mike Freeman.

“I know they have got a good number eight, but all the lads know is that they finished fourth in the league above.”


DHSOB who finished runners-up in the RNEC Cup

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