Rugby

Tamar Saracens reach Lockie Cup semis, while Ivybridge find themselves in Devon final

TAMAR Saracens booked their place in the Lockie Cup semi-finals by beating University of Plymouth IIIs 41-27 at the Rectory on Wednesday night.

Sarries, who last weekend secured their Devon One status, will now play Devonport Services seconds in the last four.

Services had previously overcome Tavistock in the quarter-finals and holders Old Techs in the first round.

The other semi-final will be against Cornwall/Devon League sides Saltash and Plymstock Albion Oaks.

The Lockie Cup final is currently pencilled in for April 25.

Saracens ran in seven tries to see off the University of Plymouth side on Wednesday.

Kyle Andrews led the way with a hat-trick, with props James McFarlane and Tom Hicklin also touching down, along with Scott Sheldon and Dan Best. Sheldon kicked three conversions.

Meanwhile, Ivybridge will play in the final of the Devon Senior Cup after South West One title-chasers Exeter University pulled out of playing them at the semi-final stage.

Ivybridge had also been given a walkover in the quarter-finals by fellow South West One side Okehampton.

The Bridgers have never won the Devon Senior Cup but they will have a great chance this year after they were handed home advantage.

They will play either Exmouth or holders Brixham in the showpiece event at Cross-in-Hand, which is pencilled in for April 28.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck and we’ll take it,” said Ivybridge coach Lewis Paterson on their unconventional route to the final.

“We were willing to play every game. We have made ourselves available, even though we had league games to catch-up on. We’ll take it for the effort in making ourselves available.

“It has not been a season where we want to be in terms of league position, but if we can get some reward out of it, like a Devon Cup final, then it’ll good.”

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