Parkes and Sprangle delighted with Devon's win in Cornwall

14 May 2018 10:13 | Sara Raine

HEAD coach Dan Parkes was delighted with Devon’s 20-19 victory over Cornwall at Camborne on Saturday.

It was Devon’s first win since their promotion back to the top division of county rugby last season and their first over Cornwall in the competition since 2010.

“I’m over the moon,” said Parkes. “It was absolutely brilliant. I’m really chuffed for the boys as there’s been times when it’s been quite depressing being a Devon player.

“But last week (playing against Gloucestershire) gave the boys some real belief.

“There was a real feeling of belief going down, especially after the Tamar Cup game. I think the players have realised that they are better than they think they are.”

Devon had been 17-0 up at half-time in Camborne, but Cornwall came back and they pushed for a late winner.

Parkes admitted it was nerve-wracking watching the final few minutes, especially when the Devon team decided to try and run the clock down on their own line.

“I was absolutely terrified,” admitted Parkes. “The players were a lot more patient than I would have been. I would have just panicked and kicked it straight out, but they picked and went quite well.”

Although Devon won on Saturday they now need to beat Kent away this coming weekend to avoid relegation.

“We have got a chance of staying up now,” said Parkes.

“What was nice on Saturday was seeing lads from all different levels playing for both sides, rather than it being a one-sided affair. It makes it a good competition and gets all the clubs involved.

“For some of these boys that will have been the biggest crowd they have played in front of and that’s fantastic.”

Veteran forward Wayne Sprangle was delighted to finally be on a winning side over Cornwall.

“To beat Cornwall in Cornwall is a first for me,” said Sprangle. “That’s another thing ticked off the list for my career.”

On the game, Sprangle added: “We knew where they (Cornwall) were going to come from and our defence was outstanding. In the first half we shut them off – we knew the ball was slippery so we thought we would get off the line and put the big shots in and then back it up with our attack.

“I thought our scrum was solid throughout. Fair play, we are not a big pack but our front-row punched well above their weight against a good Cornish side. It was pleasing for me at the back of the scrum as it made it nice and easy.

“Hopefully, the boys can now go away to Kent and do the job. It would be nice if they could go up there, get the win and then see what happens.

“This has given us a chance to go at it next week. We’ll train hard this week.”

Sprangle, like Parkes, is set to miss the trip to Kent for a family event that was arranged long before the Championship started.

“I’ll still get there at training on Wednesday and try and enthuse the lads to do well and go up to Kent and get the win,” he said.