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GALLERY: Rugby clubs enjoyed festive period run-outs

THERE might not have been any league rugby over the Christmas period but a number of clubs did host festive matches.

Tavistock held their annual ‘Locals v Legends’ game on Boxing Day, which saw many ex-players return for a run-out.

In a game refereed by the experienced Brian Barclay, the Legends took the lead when Reuben Edwards stepped his way around a number of defenders to score a fine solo effort.

But straight away the Locals instantly pulled level when after a series of fine runs by Legg, Lamerton and Wilton, eventually saw Cann bundling over from close range.

Fatigue set in during the second half as the weather got worse, but the Legends, with Paul Greenhill and Pete Davies in the back-row, went back in front with a try from close range.

And they sealed the win with the final play of the game when Tait went over from a fine counter-attack started by Gareth Mason.

Also on Boxing Day, OPMs and Plymouth Argaum played out a high-scoring affair in the annual festive fixture. There were so many points everyone struggled to keep count but OPMs won with a score believed to be 77-58. The clubs will meet again this coming weekend in a Devon One match also at King George V Playing Fields.

Saltash also held their annual festive match with St Boniface Old Boys, who once again came out winners.

Meanwhile, Devonport Services held their annual Exiles Match at the Rectory on Friday.

The game sees old players home for Christmas take on members of the current Services’ squad. In a tight affair, the Exiles narrowly won 28-22.

“It was a good,” said Services coach Mike Lewis. “It is a great opportunity for people to come back to the club and have a run around. It is always a good day with lots of people coming down to watch.”

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