Win against Wessex gives Teignmouth confidence
TEIGNMOUTH have every reason to be confident of moving into the last eight of the Devon Intermediate Cup at the expense of Old Plymothians.
The Old Boys have already visited Teignmouth once this season – and been on the wrong end of a 50-pointer.
And the Teigns are fresh from handing out a 56-5 hammering to Wessex in their last Cornwall & Devon Division engagement.
Centre Will Sowden flew in for a first-half try hat-trick anda by half-timea the Teigns were 32-5 up and over the horizon.
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Sean Lovatt ,Jamie Gray, Chris Tidman, Jake Allason and Dan Force were Teignmouth's other try scorers. Will Luscombe knocked over two penalties and five conversions.
Scott Brown scored a consolation try for Wessex, who are at home to Crediton in the cup.
Crediton coach Brian Sherrell has been working in Egypt for the past two weeks and returns to find his team one place above the drop zone having lost to Saltash (23-5) and St Ives (48-7) while he has been away.
A Mike Pearce try converted by Tom Ronchetti was all Crediton could manage at St Ives – and they were 41-0 down when they scored it.
Withycombe, away to Exeter Saracens in the cup, are hoping to improve on their 26-15 defeat at Tiverton.
"Coming after we played so well to beat Newquay our performance at Tiverton was shocking," said director of rugby Nigel Symons.
"We were falling off tackles and not putting their players down, which let them get on the front foot.
"Our second half was better but, trying to catch up, we were forcing the game too much, doing things like passing out of tackles or knocking on instead of keeping it simple."
Neil Williams and Jamie Parkin scored a try each for Withies, whose goals were kicked by Jack Pugsley.
Tiverton needed the win after losing to top two Teignmouth and St Ives on successive Saturdays. Director of rugby Charlie Burt said the hard work was done in the first half.
"When you are 19-3 up at half-time you hope to build on it, but Withycombe were third in the table for a reason and in the second half showed it," said Burt, whose team have a rearranged date with Hayle at Bolham Road this Saturday.
Austin Squibbs, Henry Frankpitt, Jeff Robinson and Callum Stone scored a try each with Stone adding three conversions.