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South Molton add Devon Junior Cup to their list of honours

22 Apr 2018 20:13 | Sara Raine

SOUTH Molton claimed a county trophy treble by adding the Devon Junior Cup to the David Butt Trophy and the Devon One title they had already won.

Molts triumphed 34-13 in the final at Unicorn Park on Saturday.

Topsham had finished as runners-up in the league and had been the only team to have beaten South Molton this season, but the host club were in no mood to lose to their rivals again.

South Molton, who have also reached the RFU Junior Vase final at Twickenham, led 27-6 at half-time on Saturday.

Jeremy Darley gave them the lead with a converted try. His younger brother Brendan then crossed and Callum Stone again converted to make it 14-0.

Ben Ward scored an intercept try, which Stone again converted. Stone and Topsham’s Jack Saunders both kicked two penalties each before the break.

Topsham did score an interception try after the interval through Richard Brennan, which Jack Saunders converted, but South Molton ended the game on a high when Reece Eury went over for a late touch-down, which Stone, having a good day, again converted.

Meanwhile, New Cross won the Devon Junior Plate final by overcoming lower league side DHSOB 28-10 at Stonehouse Creek.

New Cross made a good start and were 21-0 up at the break with tries by Sam Staniforth and Sean Bayliss (2), which were all converted by Ryan Wotton.

But Devon Two side DHSOB really impressed in the second half. They defended brilliantly and only allowed New Cross to score one try through Lewis Griffiths, which Wotton converted.

And the hosts ended the game on a high. Lewis Jeffery scored a well-deserved try before two of DHSOB’s returning Fijians linked up for a memorable try. Serviceman Shawm Mucunabitu had only come of ship on the morning of the game but he made a great break for Atu Kovula to score.