Rugby

Tamar Saracens relishing second chance to test themselves against Royal Navy’s Western Region

TAMAR Saracens will get some extra match practice in on Wednesday night when they play the Royal Navy’s Western Region at the Rectory (7.15pm).

It will be the second time in two weeks Sarries have met the servicemen.

They lost 44-17 with a mix-and-match team earlier in the month, but are hoping they will be more competitive this time around.

The Devon One club have been looking for additional games as they have struggled for competitive fixtures in the David Butt Memorial Trophy.

They put more than 100 points on Devon Two strugglers DHSOB and Plympton Victoria in their opening two matches and then have had walkovers for the last two Saturdays, with St Columba & Torpoint and DHSOB unable to play them.

Saracens coach Chey Bryce said his team learned a lot from their previous meeting with the Western Regional and is looking forward to Wednesday’s rematch.

He said: “We played them before and we used it to give some lads that needed some game-time or had done well in the second team a run-out.

“It was a bit of a mixed team, but to be fair we did all right in the first half and a bit of the second, but then their fitness told.

“These type of games are beneficial because they highlight things to work on and aspects of our game that aren’t quite up to scratch.”

Saracens look like they will top Pool D of the David Butt Trophy. They are eight points clear with two games to go.

Their place will be confirmed in the semi-finals if they beat Plympton Victoria on Saturday.

If that is the case then they will host the Pool C winners, which at the moments looks like it will be Dartmouth, in the last four on October 14. 

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