Good turnout for annual Paul Lethbridge Memorial Day

26 Aug 2019 10:56 | Devon RFU

THE Plymouth rugby community turned out in force for the annual Paul Lethbridge Memorial Day on Sunday.

The event has been held every year since former Tamar Saracens, Old Techs and DHSOB player and youth coach Paul Lethbridge sadly died in 2013.

The day continues to grow and helps raise valuable money for charity.

This year’s chosen charity was ‘Talk Outside of the Scrum’, also known as Toots, which is a mental health rugby charity.

“It’s great to see all these people here for Paul,” said his brother and current Tamar Saracens head coach Pete Lethbridge.

“It was a cracking day again – a great turnout - and I thought it was a great game of rugby. Hopefully we will make a decent amount for charity.”

The highlight of the day was a match between a Tamar Saracens XV and an Old Techs XV. Both 30-man squads had to feature at least 15 over-35s, who started the game before making way for younger legs.

Most Plymouth Combination clubs had representatives in the teams, with the Saracens XV narrowly winning 24-17 thanks to tries by Sini Manu (2), Chey Bryce and James MacFarlane. Techs’ points came from a penalty try and touch-downs for Matt Simmonds and Billy Evans.

The match was refereed by former Premiership official David Rose, with ex-Plymouth player Drew Meakin and Simon Aldridge, both finalists in the referee of the year category at this week’s National Rugby Awards, as assistants.

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