Old Techs have their eyes on long-awaited Lockie Cup success

Tamar Saracens v Old Techs

OLD Techs have their eyes on winning the Lockie Cup for the first time in 16 years.

The Weston Mill-based side booked their spot in next Wednesday’s final by beating Devonport Services IIs 11-8.

That followed on from victories over Tamar Saracens and DHSOB.

The Devon Two side will meet Peninsula Medical School in the final at the Rectory where the hope to lift the historic trophy for the first time since 2000.

“We got to the final two years ago, but lost to Argaum,” said Old Techs’ Shaun Bedford-Smith. “And we don’t want to go through that again.

“We have definitely had to show our fighting qualities to get to the final.

“We beat DHSOB 16-15, claimed a 3-0 win over Tamar Saracens and beat Devonport Services IIs 11-8. All three matches went down to the wire but we managed to come out on top, which shows a real fighting spirit.

“And I think we will have to do the same against Peninsula.

“We played them two years ago in the semi-finals and we managed to beat them, but they will probably have different students now.

“They don’t play that much during the season so you don’t know a lot about them, but we know they are going to be young, fit and fast and so are going to try and run the ball.

“I think the Services game was good preparation as they were quite a young, fit side, who could run the ball from anywhere.

“But we played really well as a team to get the win in the semi-final. We lost two guys in the first 10 minutes, so it really was a good team performance, just like against Tamar Saracens.

“We got some points on the board but it got a bit tight at the end and our full-back needed to make a last-ditch tackle. The game could have gone either way.”

Old Techs just missed out on promotion back to Devon One, finishing third in Devon Two.

“We are a bit disappointed with how the season panned out with not winning promotion,” said Bedford-Smith. “But we were not really consistent enough.

“However, it would be good to finish the season on a positive by winning the Lockie Cup. That would help us build for next season.”

Meanwhile, Plymouth Argaum have been awarded the win from their abandoned away match at Bodmin in March.

Argaum were leading 12-9 when the referee refused to continue with it on 60 minutes due to fighting.

Initially it looked like the fixture might have to be replayed. But, at a hearing in Truro on Thursday evening, it was decided the result should stand. However, both clubs have been handed a suspended five point deduction.


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