RUGBY: Good wins for Newton Abbot and Brixham
Newton Abbot ended their losing streak against Exmouth in National Three South West with a narrow 15-19 win on the Imperial Ground.
The Cockles had beaten the All Whites four times on the bounce in league and cup, but this time were second best.
Roy Henderson, Newton Abbot's director of rugby, said Exmouth could have very few complaints about the result.
"We won the forward battle and that was most important," said Henderson. "Exmouth have some excellent backs – we knew that – but to be dangerous they have to have the ball. Also, we were fitter than they were. After 80 minutes we were still going at the pace we started out at."
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Chris Wright, Henderson's opposite number at Exmouth, disagreed. "Newton keep banging on about how fit they are this season because they weren't fit at all last year," said Wright. "That's for their own consumption to bull themselves up.
"We played poorly and Newton Abbot only just beat us. We scored two tries, they scored one."
Brett Stroud scored Newton's sole try ten minutes from time. Rob Avery-Wright kicked the rest of their points.
Tom Kill and George Savage scored a try each for Exmouth. Andrew Powell added a penalty and a conversion.
Brixham crushed Oxford Harlequins 67-8 with Matt Clarke bagging a second-half try hat-trick.
The Fishermen were 41-3 up at half-time on the way to a second runaway win since arriving in the division.
"Two 60-pointers is a great start, but Redingensians away this Saturday are going to be a different proposition altogether," said assistant coach Ian Morgan.
Redingensians won 24-23 at Barnstaple thanks to a last-minute penalty. "I have seldom been so distraught at losing a match," said Barnstaple's director of rugby Kevin Squire.
"We played outstandingly and lost to a penalty we didn't deserve to give away."
James Lewis and Sam Roberts scored Barnstaple's tries. Josh Squire kicked the goals.
Taunton ran out of steam against Hartpury Colllege as they slipped to a 48-13 defeat which left them winless in National Two South.
The Titans were competitive for an hour, but shipped four tries in the last quarter – three of them to England Under-20 flanker Ross Moriarty.
"We were beaten by a well-drilled full-time team and for the second week running we came up against one of the sides tipped for the top," said assistant coach Keith Brooking.