Rugby

In their final league game of the 2018/19 season Withycombe ladies travelled to Chard and came away with their biggest league win of the campaign, 60-11.

Once again the buzz word, in terms of the thoughts of Cockles head coach Steve Perry after the defeat at Bournemouth, was ‘consistency’.

Exmouth 2nd XV maintained their bid for Devon Merit Table honours as they ran in no fewer than 11 tries on a 69-10 success at Paignton 2nd XV.

Exmouth Nomads won a hastily arranged friendly with Sidmouth 2nds after their original fixture – a league meeting with Exeter Engineers – was not played owing the opposition having ‘double booked’.

Exmouth went down 41-10 on their visit to champions-in-waiting Bournemouth.

The final Sunday of February saw Withycombe U13s welcome Bridport to Raleigh Park for an eagerly anticipated fixture.

Withy Colts had another tough match when they travelled to Torquay Colts.

Withycombe Colts were 27-7 winners when they entertained South Molton.

Exmouth Nomads were 36-12 winners when they travelled to Bideford.

Exmouth 2nds recorded an impressive 25-10 victory over Barnstaple 2nds to maintain their chase of the top honour in the Devon Merit Table One.

Withycombe Under16s travelled to Devonport High School Old Boys (DHSOB) for their final Fishermen’s Cup fixture this season and they won 8-5.

Withycombe ladies got their tactics spot on as they beat visiting Bideford ladies 10-5 in an NC South West Two fixture.

England Women’s Marlie Packer and Lagi Tuima have visited Sandy Park ahead of round four of the Women’s Six Nations where England will take on Italy on Saturday (March 9), with kick-off at 12.05pm.

The Cockles produced arguably their finest team performance of this – and indeed – many a campaign as they defeated second in the table Barnstaple 25-12 in a compelling South West Premier Division encounter at the Imperial Ground.

Withycombe ladies got their tactics spot on as they beat visiting Bideford ladies 10-5 in an NC South West Two fixture.

Exmouth head coach Steve Perry could be forgiven for wanting his side to do nothing other than defeat his former team – Barnstaple – when the Cockles entertain them on Saturday (March 2) at the Imperial Ground.

The Cockles and Barnstaple have met almost every season over the past decade in pursuit of league points, but not since a National League Three (SW) meeting 27-25 win on April 10, 2010 have Barum departed with the victory!

Exmouth face a tough task on Saturday as they look to defeat a Barnstaple side that has already won away ‘Devon derby’ matches at Brixham, Newton Abbot and Ivybridge this season.

Withycombe play the first of what are the last six games of their Tribute Cornwall and Devon campaign on Saturday (March 2) when they travel down to Liskeard-Looe.

Chard RFC are on the lookout For a new head coach following the news that current head coach, Jim Wagstaff, is to stand down at the end of the current campaign, writes Glyn Hughes.

Withycombe ladies were edged out by a margin of three points in their latest league game, going down 24-21 to Minehead Barbarian ladies.

Exmouth 2nd XV were edged out 24-17 in a titanic Devon Merit Table One top-of-the-table clash with visiting Okehampton.

Exmouth completed a South West Premier Division season’s double over Old Patesians, beating them 31-20, up in Gloucestershire.

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter insists he’s edging ever closer to putting in place his squad for next season after two more of his current stars agreed new contracts with the club, writes Mark Stevens.

Withycombe Under-16s took the honours when they met Devonport High School Old Boys RFC (DHSOB) in a Fisherman’s Cup fixture.

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