Rugby

Evans delighted to see Old Techs end 16-year wait to regain Lockie Cup

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OLD Techs chairman Dave Evans was over the moon after seeing his son lift the Lockie Cup on Wednesday evening – 16 years after he had helped the club last win it.

Techs had not won the famous Plymouth Combination trophy since 2000, but they put that record straight with a 20-10 win over the Peninsula Medical School at the Rectory.

Phil Ingleson, Billy Evans and Rudi Baker scored first half tries, with captain Evans also kicking a penalty and a conversion.

Evans senior said: “The last time we won it was 16 years ago. I’m chairman now but I played in the game in 2000 and so it was nice to see my son lift the cup.

“The wait was well worth it. Hopefully, this will kick-start the club.”

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Old Techs missed out on promotion back to Devon One by finishing third in Devon Two this season.

“The two sides that went up were better than us,” admitted Evans. “But we’ve recruited a few new players for next season. A couple of the Peninsula players came up to us after the final and said they would like to play for us.

“It was good to end the season on a high.

“We played well to get to the final. We had to beat Tamar Saracens in the quarter-finals and Devonport Services in the semis, so we got to the final the hard way.”

Techs looked to be cruising to victory at half-time when they were 20-0 up but the students came back after the break.

“They were a young side, who were very enthusiastic and with plenty of good runners,” said Evans. “We were 20-0 up but they made a game of it second half. They’ve got some good players.

“But it was a good night and we were well supported.”

Old Techs in action against the Peninsula Medical School (Picture by Mark Andrews)

Old Techs in action against the Peninsula Medical School (Picture by Mark Andrews)

Old Techs on the attack in the Lockie Cup final (picture by Mark Andrews)

Old Techs on the attack in the Lockie Cup final (picture by Mark Andrews)

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