Rugby

Ivybridge and Tavistock reach last eight of Devon cup competitions

IVYBRIDGE under-14s and Tavistock under-15s have both reached quarter-finals of Devon RFU cup competitions.

Ivybridge booked their place in the county under-14 cup last eight by beating Cullompton 33-21 away on Sunday.

That followed on from a win over Torquay Athletic in the preliminary round.

George Partridge gave Ivybridge the lead with a try, which Ben Lavers converted, before Cullompton pulled level.

The Bridgers, though, went 19-7 ahead with James Pullen creating a try for Ben Lavers before he got his own touch-down. Nick Lilley converted Lavers’ score.

The hosts closed the gap to just seven points and Ivybridge had to defend hard to keep them out again before half-time.

After the interval, Paul Mears-Baldwin made his speed and power tell to score a try, which Ben Lavers converted to make it 26-14.

Ivybridge prop Elliott Harwood made a storming run but was just thwarted before he reached the whitewash.

With ten minutes to go, a third converted try brought Cullompton to within five points of the Bridgers and set up a tense ending.

But Ivybridge controlled the closing stages well and Mears-Baldwin sealed the match with his second try of the day.

They will now play Tiverton away in the last eight in January.

In the same competition, Tamar Saracens narrowly lost 24-20 away at Withycombe, while Plymstock Albion Oaks were beaten 50-7 by a strong Kingsbridge side.

The draw for the plate competition will see Tavistock host Plymstock Albion Oaks and Tamar Saracens  entertain Devonport Services

In the Devon Under-15 Cup, Tavistock progressed the quarter-finals by beating Torquay Athletic 39-7 away on Sunday. They will now host Bideford in the last eight.

In the same competition, Ivybridge were just edged out 22-20 at Okehampton, OPMs narrowly lost 13-5 at Newton Abbot, DHSOB Sharks were beaten 47-0 by Bideford and Devonport Services went down 54-12 to Kingsbridge.

In the under-15 plate draw, Ivybridge will entertain DHSOB Sharks, while Devonport Services and OPMs both have byes in the first round.

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