RUGBY ROUND-UP: Ivybridge run in the tries to keep winning run going

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IVYBRIDGE made it four wins in a row when they overcame already-relegated Old Patesians 49-32 away in an entertaining National Three South West clash.

The South Hams side stormed into a 22-3 half-time lead in Cheltenham.

But the game got really loose after the break with tries galore for both teams.

Ivybridge managed four tries in each half but conceded five in the second period.

Jordan Anderton and Steve Atkinson both went over for two, with props Nathan Reeves and Jon Morgan also adding touch downs along with back Harrison Legge and the impressive Pete Abraham.

Lewis Paterson added a long-range drop-goal, while prop Morgan, Matt Grieveson and Tom Scoles added conversions.

Ivybridge will finish their season next weekend when they host Dings Crusaders at Cross-in-Hand.

In Western Counties West, Devonport Services ended their season on disappointing note when they lost 51-5 away at Wadebridge.

Services, missing a host of players due to injuries, were never really in the game apart from a 15 minute spell after the break where Adrian Montague scored their only try.

Wadebridge, who had lost to Services at the Rectory on the opening day, had the bonus point for scoring four tries in the bag after just 20 minutes.

“It was just one of those end of season games where no-one seemed to turn up,” said Services team manager Kieran Leach.

“We were really struggling for front-rowers. I sat on the bench and I’m 47 – that’s how much we were scraping the barrel.

“The guys did not give up but we just fell off too many tackles. It was just a day to forget.”

The defeat means Services finish the season in ninth spot.

Already-relegated Saltash also had a day to forget on Saturday, losing 53-7 at leaders Kingsbridge.

The Ashes, who were 26-7 down at half-time, could only manage one try, courtesy of scrum-half Ollie Mulberry, which Todd Crofts converted.

Saltash will end their campaign next weekend when they host Okehampton, who will win the title if they can claim victory at Moorlands Lane.

Tavistock have given themselves a massive chance of escaping the drop in Cornwall/Devon League after beating Falmouth 29-10 at Sandy Park.

With relegation rivals Hayle surprisingly losing 10-6 at bottom side Newquay and Honiton going down 49-16 at Plymouth Argaum, it was a priceless win for Tavistock, who went into the match knowing they could be relegated if they lost.

They will now travel to bottom side Newquay now knowing they just need a point to stay up.

Luke Northmore continued his fine recent form by scoring a hat-trick of tries against Falmouth, with Mark Friend and Callum Thompson also crossing to make sure Tavvy picked up a full five points.

Argaum ended their home campaign in style with their seven try victory over Honiton.

Club captain Tom Richards managed to convert all seven tries, which were scored by Courtney Richards (2), Troy Grobey (2), Mason Edwards, Aaron Anderson-Smith and Jamie Burton.

Elsewhere in the Cornwall/Devon League, fourth-placed Plymstock Albion Oaks were heavily beaten 64-3 away at runners-up St Ives.

Meanwhile, there was more cup disappointment for Devonport High School Old Boys, who were beaten 55-0 by in-form Devon One side New Cross in the Devon Junior Vase final.

That loss followed on from defeats in the Pedrick and RNEC Cups in midweek.

Tamar Saracens will play in the Devon Junior Cup final next Saturday after Ilfracombe pulled out of Saturday’s semi-final at Parkway.

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