Rugby

Devonport Services reach Lockie Cup final after beating Saracens in hard-fought semi

Devonport Services v Tamar Saracens (picture by Mark Andrews)

DEVONPORT Services IIs booked their place in the Lockie Cup final after beating Devon One side Tamar Saracens 22-12 in a hard-fought semi at the Rectory on Wednesday night.

Services will now face the winners of the other semi-final between Plymstock Albion Oaks and Saltash, with the final set for April 25.

There was nothing between Services and Saracens in the first half on Wednesday with the clubs going in at the break level at 5-5.

Saracens had the better of the opening 25 minutes, with their pack dominating, but they only managed one try, which came from Mike Cox at the back of a scrum.

Services, however, pulled level before the interval with Toby Knowles going over after a good backs move.

The hosts started to get their backs into the game in the second period and scored three tries. They went 17-5 up with first, colts scrum-half Harrison Slade touching down and former Saracens player Lewis Swatton adding the conversion. Then new full-back Matt Glague went over in the corner after some good hands.

Saracens reduced the gap to 17-12 with a try Tom Rigby but Devonport sealed the match and a place in the final when replacement flanker Charles Horn touched down.

Services will also be in cup action on Friday night when they host South West One side Cullompton in the semi-finals of the Devon Intermediate Cup (7pm).

The winner of Friday’s game will host Sidmouth in the final.

Devonport Services v Tamar Saracens (picture by Mark Andrews)

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