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South Molton win Devon Junior Cup with narrow victory over Exeter Saracens

01 May 2022 21:59 | Devon RFU

SOUTH Molton won the Devon Junior Cup with a narrow 12-7 victory over their big Devon One rivals Exeter Saracens at Exhibition Fields on Sunday.

The two clubs had been evenly matched all season, with Exeter Saracens just pipping South Molton to the Devon One title by just two points.

The two league meetings between the sides could not have been closer, with South Molton winning the opening day meeting 28-27 and Sarries triumphing in the winner-takes-all final day league clash 34-31.

But come the cup final it was South Molton that came out in front, with a try in each half in the showpiece event.

They led 7-0 at half-time, thanks to a try by experienced centre Ben Gatehouse, which was converted by Shaun Ivall-East.

And after the break they extended their lead with 12-0 with a try by lock Will Blowers.

Devon One champions Exeter Saracens did close the gap late on with a try by Tom Rushton, which George Caton-Pike converted, but it was not enough to deny South Molton.

Both clubs said they have enjoyed their battles with each other this season and that there was great spirit and respect between them.

Reece Eury, the winning captain, said: “It was a really tough game and credit to Saracens as they were great opponents.

“We put in a good performance in the first half, but they kept us to 7-0. We missed a couple shots at goal, which would have relived some pressure.

“The second half was much the same until we scored our second try that gave us a buffer for the last 20 minutes.

“Saracens fought back – and had a converted try with only a couple of minutes left – but we absorbed their pressure.”

Eury said winning the cup was some compensation for missing out on the title to Saracens.

“It was good for the side to get the win they deserved and have something to show from the season,” said Eury. “We are in a good place with a lot of talented youth in the club.”