Teignmouth are almost ready to celebrate
TEIGNMOUTH could be mathematically certain of promotion into the Western Counties division this weekend if results go their way.
The Teigns only need seven points from their last five games to be on the up – and with five points for a win it's not much of an ask. Indeed, if Tiverton lose at Withycombe this Saturday it will be all over bar the celebrating.
Teignmouth's 39-19 win over Tiverton last Saturday was the last real banana skin in their way and having safely negotiated it coach Simon Morrell feels safe looking ahead. Getting up is one thing: staying there quite another as sides like Honiton have discovered this season.
"It is great that we will be going up and at the right time we will celebrate," said Morrell.
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"What we have to be wary of is celebrating into September as that will be when the hard work starts.
"Only one side have beaten us this season and that's St Ives, who are almost certainly going up with us.
"St Ives will be one off our easier games on paper next season so we can be under no illusions of the size of the task ahead."
Morrell said the key to becoming established in the next division up is having a tight five that can control the ball.
"Our backs are as good as anyone's, but you cannot play rugby without the ball and getting it will be the job of the tight five," said Morrell.
Teignmouth charged off into a 24-0 lead with tries from Will Sowden, Chris Sherlock, Chris Tidman and a penalty try. Dan Force was 50-50 with his kicks.
Rob Plume got over on the whistle for Tiverton with Callum Stone converting. Tiverton pulled tries back in the second half from Ollie Chanin and Jack Sampson, but were never close enough to worry the Teigns.
Colin Aldworth, Sherlock and Aron Kelly all added tries for the Teigns.