Darts welcome back absentees
DARTMOUTH hope to be close to full strength for the derby date with Salcombe at Norton this Saturday (2.30pm).
Reg Varney, Luke Bridgwood, Jake Brdgwood, Ben Peters and Luke Chase were all absent from the side beaten by Peninsula Medical School in a friendly last time out.
Dartmouth coach Steve Atkins won't have been too happy to loose 35-29 having been 24-0 up at half time.
Two converted tries in the last 10 minutes proved Dartmouth's undoing, although a casual attitude after the break played a part.
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Luke Clement, Martin Sharam, John Dingle and Liam Hazzard collected first-half tries. Richard Lobb converted one and a penalty.
The students got back to 24-21 before Dingle gave Dartmouth some breathing space by peeling off a scrum to score.
Then came the late try blitz which sent the students home happy.
New Cross have no league game. However, they do have 1st and 2nd XV home friendlies arranged against Paignton 2nd and 3rd XVs.
BUCKFASTLEIGH go into their Devon Two game against visiting Old Techs short of match practice after an unwanted afternoon off.
Wessex Wyverns were due to play the Ramblers last Saturday, but cried off due to team raising problems.
Bucks' long serving stand-off Steve Chapple will be appearing in a home game for the first time since making his 450th appearance for the club in the defeat at North Tawton two week ago.
Chapple has been at the club 18 seasons and now helps with coaching as well as playing.
"I would like to say a bit thank-you to Steve for all he has done and continues to do," said Ramblers chairman Luke Collings.