Rugby

Withycombe are in home action tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Plymouth Argaum at Raleigh Park in round 14 of the Tribute Devon One League campaign.

The Cockles started the second matchday of the 2020 third from bottom in the South West Premier table and that's the way they ended it after their 20-17 home defeat to Newbury Blues.

Exmouth head coach Steve Perry is very confident that the Cockles will soon begin to climb the South West Premier table.

Exmouth Under-9s took to the pitch for their first action of 2020 when they travelled up to Taunton.

Withycombe Under-14s were excellent value for a 33-2 win at a soggy and wind-swept Bideford that booked the Withy youngsters a place in the last four of the Devon Cup.

Exmouth suffered a disappointing home defeat when beaten by a margin of just three points, going down 20-17 to Newbury Blues at the Imperial Ground.

Exmouth 2nd XV continued their pursuit of the table-toppers in Devon Merit Table One with a comprehensive 34-7 success at Tiverton.

Exmouth are now facing the very real threat of relegation from the South West Premier Division.

The power of the Withycombe Devon One season has once again taken the spotlight as, for the second time this league campaign, their scheduled opponents have 'cried off' unable to raise a team and so tomorrow's (Saturday) league game at home to Dartmouth is now off.

East Budleigh returned to new year action with a trip to Tiverton to take on the 100 per cent record of Elmore in Macron League Two, but ended beaten 4-1, writes Mark Auton.

Cockles head coach Steve Perry spoke after the dust had settled on his sides defeat at Maidenhead.

Exmouth 2nd XV edged a closely fought contest at Stafford Park, Cullompton, beating the Mid Devon side 12-10.

Exmouth suffered a 44-27 defeat when they travelled up the M5 and M4 to Maidenhead for their first South West Premier game of 2020, but, for the first half of the match the Cockles had enjoyed near total dominance and led 20-7 at the break.

Withycombe duly made it 12 wins from as many Devon One matches this season, returning from a trip to Plymouth having beaten Old Technicians 28-13.

A pair of Withycombe youngsters were part of an impressive Devon Under-16 sides that saw off Somerset last weekend.

Withycombe launch their 2020 action tomorrow (Saturday) by starting the second half of their 2019/20 Tribute Devon One campaign with a trip to Plymouth to play Old Technicians.

Exmouth launch their 2020 matches in the South West Premier division this Saturday (January 4) with a trip to Maidenhead.

The annual festive meeting at the Raleigh Park home of Withycombe between a Withy XV and the Presidents XV is always a day much looked forward to by the many that take part - and the even greater n umbers that turn out to enjoy the action.

Withycombe have enjoyed a superb first half of their league season and return to action on January 4, looking to kick-on towards securing a swift return to the Tribute Devon and Cornwall League.

Here we take a look at the 24 matches that Exmouth RFC played in 2019

Exmouth 2nd XV completed their 2019 league action and moved into second place in the Devon merit Table One thanks to a 28-21 success at Teignmouth.

Not only did the Cockles have to battle the blustery wind and torrential downpour earlier than expected, they also had to take on a resurgent Launceston in the final South West Premier fixture for both teams. It was certainly a close contest, one that ended 19-17 to the visitors, this being a third successive home defeat for the Cockles.

Exmouth went down to a seventh defeat in 12 South West Premier games this season, and suffered a second straight home reversal when beaten 19-17 at home by Launceston.

Withycombe Colts are quite possibly now 'the best dressed' Colts XV in Devon.

Withycombe will spend Christmas as the clear leaders in Devon One for, after a 26-14 win away at OPMs, the Raleigh Park men hold a 10 point lead over second placed Tamar Saracens.

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