Top two on collision course in title decider
TEIGNMOUTH can stake their claim for the Cornwall & Devon Division title by beating rivals St Ives in their own backyard on Saturday.
St Ives and the Teigns have been taking turns at the top of the table all season and right now the Devon side have a four-point edge.
Unbeaten St Ives are the only team to beat the Teigns this term and would be top had they not had five points deducted for failing to fulfil fixtures at the tail end of last season.
Tiverton and Saltash in third and fourth places have already run up the white flag on catching the top two which makes this Saturday's match a title decider.
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Having been comprehensively turned over by Drybrook 47-13 last time out in the regional final of the RFU Junior Vase, Teignmouth need to pick themselves up in a hurry to underline their title claims.
The Teigns aren't used to being bossed around, but that's what Drybrook did to them.
"We had the best of a lot of the first half, but did not make it pay," said Teignmouth's director of rugby Andy Crossman.
"It was disappointing that they killed the ball in the red zone nine times in the first half and were penalised for it, but no yellow card or penalty try.
"As the game went on we struggled against Drybrook's physicality. As the game wore on that became more of a factor."
Dan Force kicked two first-half penalties for Teignmouth in a 22-6 deficit. Will Sowden added a try that Force converted in the second half.
ST IVES didn't play last Saturday as they were due to take on Withycombe.
An early morning pitch inspection confirmed Withycombe's view that the ground was unfit and St Ives were spared a wasted trip.