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Plenty of close games as the Devon cup competitions get underway

09 Sep 2019 15:05 | Sara Raine

FOUR Devon senior cup competitions got underway on Saturday.

For the second year running, the Devon Senior Cup, Senior Shield, Intermediate Cup and Intermediate Shield, which are all sponsored by Kitworld, are being played as internal 'Devon Leagues' within the RFU league system.

Only the fixtures between Devon clubs count in the internal league (full regulations can be found HERE.)

At the end of the season the top two teams in the internal ‘Devon League’ will play a cup final (note this is not the top two in the RFU league). The highest placed club will host the final.

In the Devon Senior Cup, Brixham got off the mark on Saturday with a narrow 20-16 win over newly-promoted Okehampton. Summer signing James Love kicked 10 of Brixham’s points at Astley Park. Okehampton did pick up a bonus point thanks to a try by Ryan Lee and kicks from Richard Friend and Kieran Lee.

Exmouth and Ivybridge, who were so evenly matched last season, played out a 17-17 draw at the Imperial Ground in their first Devon derby of 2019-20.

Nick Hedley and Sam Whitehead had put Exmouth 10-0 up but Ivybridge came back and were 17-10 ahead with a couple of minutes remaining thanks to tries by Matt Dayment, Will Lamont and Charlie Briant. But Exmouth secured a draw with a late try by Dave Bargent, which George Meadows converted.

In the Devon Senior Shield, Devonport Services got off to a great start with a 52-13 win over Newton Abbot. Services, who were 40-3 up at half-time, had new winger Corey Jamieson scoring four tries fo them. Their others touch-downs came from Richard West, Sam Bennett, Matt Neyle-Opie and Tom Goodman, while Charlie Dore and Ed Brown crossed the whitewash in the second half for Newton Abbot.

Teignmouth made a winning start in the Devon Intermediate Cup by narrowly edging out Kingsbridge at High House.

The visitors were grateful to an injury-time drop-goal from Faolan Lidstone for the four points. Prop Ben Allison had scored a first half try for Teignmouth, while Lidstone added a penalty before his late winning kick.

Greg Parrott scored a try for Kingsbridge, who had Ben Newman adding the rest of their points.

Devon Intermediate Shield newcomers North Tawton picked up a full five points on their debut in the mini-league competition by beating Tavistock 26-0 at Taw Meadow. They scored two tries in each half, with Kev Dennis getting two and Jordan Cornthwaite and Luke Mingo also crossing.

Paignton, who have come down into the Intermediate Shield, enjoyed a 41-18 home win over South Molton thanks to tries by Jordan Hodge (2), Matt Skeet, Martin Bird, Alex Jeffery and Sam Nelson-Smith. South Molton had George Down and Ben Gateshouse touching down for them.

RESULTS

DEVON SENIOR CUP

Brixham 20 Okehampton 16

Exmouth 17 Ivybridge 17

DEVON SENIOR SHIELD

Devonport Services 52 Newton Abbot 13

DEVON INTERMEDIATE CUP

Kingsbridge 10 Teignmouth 13

DEVON INTERMEDIATE SHIELD

 North Tawton 26 Tavistock 0

Paignton 41 South Molton 18

EARLY DEVON CUP STANDINGS

SENIOR CUP

P

W

D

L

F

A

B

PTS

Brixham

1

1

0

0

20

16

0

4

Exmouth

1

0

1

0

17

17

0

2

Ivybridge

1

0

1

0

17

17

0

2

Okehampton

1

0

0

1

16

10

1

1

Barnstaple

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Exeter University

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

SENIOR SHIELD

P

W

D

L

F

A

B

PTS

Devonport Services

1

1

0

0

52

13

1

5

Crediton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sidmouth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Newton Abbot

1

0

0

1

13

52

0

0

 

INTERMEDIATE CUP

P

W

D

L

F

A

B

PTS

Teignmouth

1

1

0

0

13

10

0

4

Kingsbridge

1

0

0

1

10

13

1

1

Bideford

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cullompton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Honiton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tiverton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

INTERMEDIATE SHIELD

P

W

D

L

F

A

B

PTS

North Tawton

1

1

0

0

26

0

1

5

Paignton

1

1

0

0

41

18

1

5

Exeter Athletic

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Plymstock Albion Oaks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Topsham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Torquay Athletic

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Molton

1

0

0

1

18

41

0

0

Tavistock

1

0

0

1

0

26

0

0