RUGBY PREVIEWS: Tavistock expecting tough test against Old Techs at Weston Mill

TAVISTOCK coach Hammy Kerswill is expecting his team to be thoroughly tested on Saturday when they make the trip to Weston Mill to take on Devon One side Old Techs (3pm).

Cornwall/Devon club Tavistock put up a good show against higher league Brixham and Devonport Services last weekend, but know they will face a different type of a challenge – mentally and physically – against Techs, who are a division lower.

“I’m looking forward to playing Old Techs,” said Kerswill. “It’s a full 80 minute game and they (Techs) are looking good.

“Up front it will be a really good battle.

“After that 10s tournament at Devonport (last month) I don’t think anyone will be taking Old Techs for granted.”

Tavistock hope to have a number of players who were missing last week available on Saturday.

Techs have not played a 15-a-side match yet. Their only run out since winning the Lockie Cup at the end of April was playing 10s against Tavistock and Devonport Services in July.

They have a few players away but hope to field a fairly strong side for Saturday’s game, which will be played in four 20-minute periods.

The Tavistock game will be Techs’ only real 15-a-side warm-up match before the David Butt Trophy starts. However, members of their club will be involved in the Paul Lethbridge Memorial Game on Sunday, August 27 at Tamar Saracens.

Meanwhile, Ivybridge and Plymstock Albion Oaks will both be back in action on Saturday, just two days after last playing.

Ivybridge overcame Devonport Services 24-14 on Thursday evening, but will host South West One West side Cullompton at Cross-in-Hand on Saturday (2.30pm).

They will hand starts to summer signings Aiden Taylor (hooker), Robin Luscombe (number eight) and Sean Disney (scrum-half).

Plymstock, who edged out Tamar Saracens 15-5 at Horsham Fields on Thursday, will travel to Western Counties West outfit Tiverton, who are Services’ first league opponents.

Oaks’ Cornwall/Devon League rivals Saltash will also take on Western Counties West opposition in the form of Crediton. That match is at Exhibition Road with a 3pm kick-off.

At Bickleigh Down, Plymouth Argaum will host OPMs in what has become a regular pre-season fixture (3pm).

“We get on really well with them,” said Argaum secretary Stuart Quarterman. “There’s never been any real rivalry between us.”

An Argaum XV lost 40-10 away at Liskeard-Looe last weekend but the Roborough-based side expect to be stronger this weekend, having gone down to Cornwall with a scratch team.

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