Rugby

Tavistock join Devonport Services in taking on Devon Cup holders Brixham

DEVONPORT Services and Tavistock will take on Devon Cup holders Brixham on Saturday in a three-way pre-season fixture at Astley Park (2.30pm).

Cornwall/Devon League side Tavistock are replacing South West One outfit Teignmouth who have pulled out of the fixture.

Tavistock were looking for a game this weekend after Paignton let them down.

Services coach Mike Lewis is certainly looking forward to coming up against his old club Tavistock again and his former coach Graham Dawe, who is Brixham’s coaching consultant.

“I think it will make a good mix,” said Lewis.

“I think all three clubs are struggling for numbers this week as there’s a lot going on, like the Broadmasters festival and school holidays. We also have a lot of service personnel on annual leave and I think Brixham have a wedding.”

He added:  “Teignmouth pulled out and Tavistock were looking for a fixture as Paignton had cried off against them.

“I think it makes it better having three teams involved rather than just two, especially if all clubs are missing players.

“I think all the teams will have a mixture of first and second players.”

Services and Tavistock have already met in a 10s event at the Rectory, while Brixham, who have signed former Albion backs Tom Putt and Bevon Armitage this summer, have not played since winning the Devon Cup at the end of April.

Meanwhile, Plymstock Albion Oaks are set to open their pre-season campaign with home games against Kingsbridge and Plympton Victoria on Saturday, while Plymouth Argaum, who did play in a 10s event at the Rectory, are due to travel over the Tamar to play Liskeard-Looe.

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