Cockles aim for double

PUBLISHED: 12:47 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH will be gunning for the first part of a rugby double when they face Barnstaple at the Imperial Ground this Saturday in the final of the Rhino Devon Cup. The Cockles are top of the table in South West Two and just one point away from promotion as c

EXMOUTH will be gunning for the first part of a rugby double when they face Barnstaple at the Imperial Ground this Saturday in the final of the Rhino Devon Cup.The Cockles are top of the table in South West Two and just one point away from promotion as champions.Exmouth will hope to clinch promotion on Saturday week by winning at Clevedon.The double has not been done before, but Exmouth will be favourites for an historic first if they defeat Barnstaple.The two sides have been jostling along side by side at the top of the league table all season, with one win each in the meetings so far.Exmouth lost at Barnstple and Barnstaple lost at Exmouth, not that much can be read into the previous two meetings.Chris Wright, Exmouth's team manager, said both previous games had been close-run affairs and the final should be the same."Barnstaple score a lot of tries, certainly more than we do, but we have won more games than they have overall," said Wright."Our defence is hard to break down, as Barnstple already know from our previous games."Cup rugby is a different business to a league game and all that matters is winning by a point. You don't win an extra cup for scoring any more tries."It's going to be a tight game and we are all looking forward to it."Exmouth are pulling out all the stops to make the game a success, just like the 2006 final when they defeated Torquay Athletic on the Imperial Ground.A crowd of between 1,500 and 2,000 is expected for the game, which is one of the highlights of the rugby calendar in Devon.To cater for the crowd, food stands and beer tents will be put up around the ground.Admission to the match is £5 and spectators are advised to arrive early for the 3pm kick-off.Early arrivals will be able to watch a curtain-raising cup game between Exmouth Colts and their Barnstaple counterparts on the 2nd XV pitch.Barnstaple won the cup four years running from 1999-2002. Exmouth snatched the trophy away from them in the 2003 final, which went to extra time.Since then Barnstaple have won the cup once, in 2005 when they defeated Torquay, the team Exmouth defeated in this year's semi-final.

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