Rugby

Devonport Services kick-off new female rugby season by hosting four games

THE women’s rugby season got underway on Sunday and Devonport Services marked the occasion in style by hosting four female games.

The club’s under-13, under-15 and under-18 teams all played Hornets RFC from Somerset at Stonehouse Creek, while their senior team took on Totnes in a National Challenge League Two South West match.

Services’ senior women’s side are in their second season in the league and they made a great start to 2019-20 with a 31-7 victory over their Devon rivals.

They did go 7-0 down early on but then enjoyed a purple patch before half-time with their backs running in four counterattack tries courtesy of winger Tina Martin (2), fly-half Sam Alderson and centre Liv Verner, who also brilliantly converted three of the four tries.

After the break, number eight Hannah Pomfret scored Services’ fifth try when she burst down the right wing to score in the corner. However, their win did come at a cost with influential back-row forward Kay Farmer suffering a nasty-looking injury to her wrist.

Higher league Plymouth Albion and Plymstock Albion Oaks also opened their seasons on Sunday.

Albion, who, along with Cullompton, are Devon’s highest league team, suffered a 46-15 away defeat to a strong Portsmouth Valkyries team.

Plymstock Albion Oaks were promoted as champions of South West Two West last season but they found life tough on their debut in NC1 South West, losing 55-7 to an experienced Topsham side.

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