Rugby

Withycombe U16s completed their campaign in the Fisherman’s Cup league stage when they travelled to Paignton and enjoyed a big win thanks to another superb all-round show.

Exmouth continue to have the shadow of possible relegation from South West Premier hovering over them as they head into the final match of the season this coming Saturday (April 28), the home game against Camborne.

Withycombe Under-15s sent two balanced sides to compete in a 7s tournament held at Crediton RFC.

Exmouth went down for the 11th time in South West Premier Division away matches when beaten 34-18 by already relegated Lydney.

Withycombe Under-16s booked a deserved place in the Fisherman’s Cup final with an emphatic win over Crediton.

Withycombe Under-14s finished their season of friendly rugby with a fine win over a strong Bideford team last Saturday.

Withycombe warmed up for Wednesday night’s Intermediate Shield meeting with Plymstock Albion Oaks with a thumping 82-0 win over Plymouth Argaum.

Withycombe Under-15s were beaten 22-12 at the end of the hard-fought match against a well-drilled Teignmouth side.

Just seven days after reaching the heights to become only the fifth team to beat South West Premier champions Dings Crusaders, the Cockles slipped to a narrow 25-24 defeat on their visit to a Newbury Blues.

Exmouth Colts are in cup final action on Sunday (April 15) when they meet Exeter Youth at the Sandy Park home of Exeter Chiefs.

Withycombe Under-15s were 24-22 winners when they took on Kingsbridge in a match that was played as a 13-a-side contest as the South Devon-based side did not have enough players for a full game.

Withycombe Under-16s moved closer to a place in the final of the Fisherman’s Cup after a 31-24 win over hosts Brixham.

Honiton were 26-8 winners when they travelled to Tavistock for their latest Tribute Cornwall and Devon outing, writes Jerry Rice.

Exmouth Under-13s were involved in a four-team competition, writes Jan McCarthy.

Cockles coach on the Dings win

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cockles head coach Jon Hill was understandably thrilled with his side’s 24-17 success over South West Premier champions Dings Crusaders before an excellent Imperial Ground turnout.

Exmouth rolled the clock back to bygone season’s when they were thumping all that came before them at the Imperial Ground to see off newly crowned South West Premier champions Dings Crusaders.

Exmouth’s South West Premier game at home to Camborne suffered a rain-enforced postponement with a waterlogged Imperial Ground on Easter Saturday ending any hopes of the Cockles playing the Cornish side.

After all the rain and snow over the past few weeks, Exmouth RFC were blessed with glorious sunshine for a superb festival of junior rugby, to the delight of the many spectators, writes Jan McCarthy.

Taylor powers Withy to home win

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Withycombe were 17-7 winners when they entertained Pirates Amateurs in a Tribute Cornwall and Devon match.

Withycombe had four of their Under-15 players once again playing Devon representative rugby last weekend.

After another hugely disappointing away result, Cockles head coach Jon Hill lamented: “It was certainly a frustrating afternoon, with a high work rate demonstrated by the lads, but a little attention to detail was what was lacking.

Devon rugby clubs are being encouraged to enter the Crabbie’s 2018 National Rugby Awards, which give recognition to clubs at all levels and their members for their contribution to the game.

Withycombe’s Under-12s shared the spoils after an entertaining game against South Molton in what was a tough and physical encounter of a different kind.

Exmouth Colts were 15-0 winners when they visited Newton Abbot for a Devon derby meeting, writes Ian Urmston.

Exmouth suffered another disappointing away day defeat when they went down at Weston-super-Mare, beaten 29-21 in Somerset.

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