Devonport Services ready for big showdown with Brixham in Devon Senior Cup final

DEVONPORT Services have their eyes on lifting the Devon Senior Cup for the first time on Saturday when they host Brixham at the Rectory (3pm).

A bumper crowd is expected for Devon’s top cup competition, which will see the teams that finished third and fourth in Regional One South West clash.

“Hopefully, it will be a cracking day out and there will be a big crowd,” said Services head coach Ben Russell.

“We have been progressing week by week and It’s the last game of the season. It is a final and hopefully we can play like we can play. If we can, it should be a cracking game.

“We would love to win it. The boys absolutely loved promotion last year and they want to try and have a day like that again.

“It’s a cup final so anything can happen, but may the best team win.”

Services and Brixham have already met three times this season.

Devonport won the first meeting at the Rectory 37-18, but Brixham more than got their revenge when they beat an under-strength Services team 52-13 at Christmas.

The last meeting came only last month in the group stages of the cup, with Brixham winning 36-24.

“It is 2-1 to them,” said Russell. “But when they beat us last time in the cup it was just down to three or four first up tackles that cost us.”

Services have good availability for the final, but they are missing forward Aiden Taylor.

“He is a miss as he has been brilliant since he came over, but apart from that we are pretty much there or there abouts,” said Russell.

Brixham, who are previous winners of the cup, are expected to bring a large travelling following, with a number of supporters’ coaches planned for the trip to Plymouth.

As it is a Devon RFU event, Services do have to charge an admission fee.

Ivybridge also have the chance to pick up some silverware this weekend when they visit Credion in the Devon Senior Shield (2.30pm).

Although it was not the final they wanted to be in, Ivybridge are determined to try and win it and go into the summer on a high.

However, they will be wary of Crediton, who finished second behind St Austell in Regional Two South West and who did not lose a home league game all season.

Ivybridge have their regular backline available for the final, but they are missing a number of forwards.

Ivybridge side to face Crediton: Sam Brown; Tom Scoles, Charlie Briant, Kristian Davis, Charlie Teague; Matt Grieveson, Ben Watts; Ben Hooper, Owen Garner, Matt Finn; Jamie Tripcony, Seb Musgrave; Hayden Coles, Jake Winters, Adam Northcott. Reps: Will Johnson, Sam Howells, John Ready, John Westall, Giles Clarke, Matt Daymont, Harrison Legge.

On Sunday, Tavistock will be looking to lift the Devon Junior Cup Shield when they travel to South Molton.

Tavistock, who have already won Counties Two Devon and the Lockie Cup, just missed out on the main final by losing to Torquay Athletic last weekend.

But they are hoping they can end a successful season on a high on Sunday by winning another trophy.

Then on Monday their second team will get the chance to play at Twickenham in the RFU’s Community Game Takeover of Twickenham.

Their second team were selected to play at the home of English rugby via the governing body’s game management system. They will represent the west region.

“We are looking to go out and finish on a high,” said Tavistock head coach Joel Caddy.

Tavistock were struggling for players earlier in the week but they are now able to get two teams out, although they are missing the equivalent of two sides.

They do have Charlie Charlton, Seb Cox and Ethan Lamerton back but George Hillson is still missing, while fellow scrum-half Charles Bowden is also absence, as is Jamie Legg.

Tavistock will have a new-look half-back partnership of Freddie Fuller and Al Spicer.

Tavistock did beat South Molton twice in the league, but the match at Unicorn Park was quite tight, with the visitors winning 31-24.

“It’s a final and South Molton will be up for it,” said Caddy.

“It’s our last game at this level and we just have to go out and play like we can do. If we could win, it would be a decent way to finish the season.”


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