Rugby

Withycombe RFC director of rugby Rick Libbey speaks about all things Withy.

We asked Withycombe head coach Sam Williams for his take on the 2019/20 season.

It has been quite a season for Withycombe and they are top of the Tribute Devon One table as it stands having won all 17 games they have played.

The wonderful 2019/20 Withycombe season game-by-game

Rugby teams involved in promotion and relegation issues in the wake of the coronavirus crisis could be left in limbo until Easter or even beyond, writes Conrad Sutclifde.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is to set up a Task Group who will come up with a system to be used to determine how the final league tables will be decided and published.

The 2019/20 rugby season, with the exception of the Premiership, has been brought to an end by the RFU which means the campaigns for Exmouth, Withycombe, Sidmouth and Honiton rugby clubs is over.

Cockles’ players were again in county action when the Devon Under-20s travelled to Berkshire for a Jason Leonard County Championship fixture.

Now rugby goes the same way as football!

Exmouth recorded, arguably, one of their finest results of the season when they defeated third placed Weston-super-Mare 28-27 in a thrilling contest played out before a good turnout at the Imperial Ground.

Exmouth played the only South West Premier division game that was scheduled for the second Saturday of March and ultimately came out on top after what can only be described as a ‘thrilling’ contest.

With the coronavirus biting seriously into the local football programme, there is sporting action in Exmouth today (Saturday).

We take a look at the remaining games for the teams currently occupyong the bottom six places in the South West Premier division

Cockles chairman Ian Harris spoke of his pride at how everyone ‘chipped in’ to make sure that the weekend’s games at the Imperial Ground went ahead.

Exmouth completed their second ‘double’ of the South West Premier season as they defeated Camborne 27-21 in a thrilling contest at the Imperial Ground.

Withycombe travel to Torrington tomorrow (Saturday) with the Devon One title –and an instant return to the Cornwall & Devon League – just two wins away.

Following their defeat at Brixham, the Cockles sit three points above the bottom two with Newbury Blues second bottom, having a game more being three points worse off and bottom are Bracknell who have, like the Cockles, played 18 and they are four points shy of the Cockles.

Withycombe Colts were impressive 19-5 winners when they travelled to Bitton Park, Teignmouth for their latest Merit Table fixture.

Exmouth returned from a terrific tussle with hosts Brixham with what could yet be a priceless bonus point after they were edged out 18-12 by the South Devon side.

Speaking a couple of days after the narrow defeat at Brixham, Cockles head coach Steve Perry said: “The result was, of course, disappointing, but there was much of the performance for us to be pleased with.”

Withycombe chalked up a 17th victory of the Devon One League campaign beating Ilfracombe 31-7 and, in doing so, have now opened up a 20 point at the top of the table.

Withycombe and Sidmouth enjoy home success but its narrow away defeat for both Exmouth and Honiton

Exmouth went down 18-12 at Brixham and now have just six games left to secure their South West Premier place for another season.

Local rugby has done better than local football as the weather won yet again on the final Saturday of February with multiple postponements across the local football leagues.

Withycombe head into tomorrow’s Tribute Devon One League home meeting with Ilfracombe (2.30pm) looking to record a 17th successive league win.

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