Rugby

Withycombe Under-16s held their awards in a marquee on the clubs Raleigh Park ground.

The season may be over in terms of the on-pitch drama - and celebrations - at Honiton RFC, but the club has one mighty big engagement to get through this coming Saturday (May 25).

Withycombe hosted their first Festival of Youth Rugby with the aim of the day being to showcase the high level of talent of local youth grassroots rugby, and the day was a huge all-round success.

We're on the lookout for fans who are travelling far and wide for Honiton's game at Twickenham on Sunday.

Withycombe Under-15s finished of the season in style, winning the final of the Devon Plate, defeating a determined Devonport Services 26-14 at Bitton Park Teignmouth.

Withycombe Under-13s signed off for their season on Sunday at Raleigh Park with two very different games, both of which resulted in superb performances for varying reasons.

Exmouth RFC U14s finished their season in fine style with an impressive 32 points to 5 victory over visiting St Marys Old Boys from Bristol writes Tristan Bassett.

Topsham Under-14s are the new holders of the Devon Cup after they defeated Crediton 15-5 in what was a compelling final.

Cockles head coach Steve Perry had yet to see the match video when the Journal spoke to him a day after the Cockles 61-22 defeat in the final of the Devon Cup at Barnstaple.

Exmouth were beaten in the final of the 2019 Devon Cup, going down 61-22 to Barnstaple.

Exmouth could not quite end the season on a high with some silverware as they went down in the final of the Devon Cup, beaten 61-22 by a powerful Barnstaple side.

It's a SUPER SATURDAY across the board for our local rugby teams with three East Devon-based sides in cup final action on Easter Saturday!

Recent trips up the North Devon Link Road when in pursuit of league points have seen the Cockles win two and lose three of their last five visits.

Exmouth head coach Steve 'Pez' Perry is looking forward to Saturday's Devon RFU Cup final at his old stomping ground of Barnstaple with a mix of emotions.

Exmouth duly completed their 2018/19 South West Premier campaign with a 28-20 win at Cleve.

Exmouth Nomads secured a third place finish in their Merit Table after their 48-10 win over Crediton III, writes Rich Haynes.

Exmouth 2nds made the short journey to Crediton with a side bolstered by young players from current and recent Colts and gave a senior debut to Charlie Mears, and it was the Cockles who returned with the points after a 45-7 success.

Exmouth won their final home game of the 2018/19 South West premier campaign, beating Camborne 38-27 before another good turn out, with the Imperial Ground numbers boosted by a large number of former players attending a club reunion.

Exmouth Rugby Club will host the Devon RFU Colts Merit Tables Finals Day this coming Sunday (April 7).

Exmouth were involved in an extraordinary penultimate away game of the 2018/19 South West Premier campaign when they went down 45-38 at Brixham.

Exmouth Colts warmed up for this coming weekend's cup semi-final meeting with Tiverton by recording an impressive 52-24 win on their visit to Plymstock Albion Oaks.

It was a case of more frustration for the Cockles' head coach as he saw his side ship two early tries, which put them on the back foot and, although the game with Bracknell was 'always in the balance', a combination of the early lift for the visitors on top of some error-making that comes with inexperience by his team, led to what was ultimately a disappointing 27-14 defeat.

Withycombe Under-16s were 47-22 winners when they met Teignmouth.

Exmouth Nomads were made to work hard by Honiton 2nds before defeating the visiting side 29-13.

A strong Exmouth 2nd XV were 54-14 winners on their visit to Ivybridge for a rearranged Merit Table fixture.

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