Saints ease into second gear
North Tawton…3 St Columba and Torpoint…35
ST COLUMBA took a massive step towards bouncing back to Devon One after last season's relegation by trouncing one of the fancied teams in the division.
Saints' chairman of rugby Chris Goodman described his side's performance as awesome as the Torpoint team tightened their grip on second place.
Columba are second on points difference and have gone 10 clear of resurgent Plymouth Argaum, who did not play on Saturday. Neither did leaders Old Techs, whose match at Plympton Victoria was washed out.
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Goodman said even North Tawton, one of the frontrunners earlier in the season, had now conceded promotion was beyond them.
He said: "It was a fantastic performance – we were brilliant up front as we just smashed them. North Tawton even said that we were the best team they had played all season, which I thought was really good of them, even though I think we've still got some work to do."
Player-coach Damien Chambers opened the scoring with the first of his two tries, Steve Lister added another and hooker Neal Walters got on the end of some good work by the forwards to score and practically end the game as a contest.
Tawton did hit back before the break with a Jamie Stevens penalty, but Chambers made absolutely sure there was to be no home comeback with his second touchdown of the match. Ben Green, back in the team after being sidelined with a serious leg injury, knocked over every one of his four conversion attempts.
Buckfastleigh Ramblers…19 DHSOB…10
OLD BOYS' boss Mike Freeman had his head in his hands after his rebuilding side were one kick away from landing a well-deserved bonus point.
Chairman of rugby Freeman said: "I actually thought we should have won the game, but we got on the wrong side of some questionable refereeing decisions. We seemed to get called for something every time we went forward.
"We would have had at least a losing bonus point, but they (Ramblers) scored a long-range penalty kick right at the end, so there went our bonus point. I thought we at least deserved that."
Buckfastleigh scored only one try and kicked the rest of their points, while DHSOB touched down twice, through Matt Miles and Liam Minter, who took advantage of a dodgy kick from Buckfastleigh's half and ran it straight back for a try.
Freeman said: "We won the battle, but sadly lost the war. We are getting there and I was very pleased with the way the boys played. If we can keep everyone together, we may not win many games, but I think we will surprise a few people."
Tamar Saracens' attempt to play Ilfracombe at Ernesettle Lane was shelved because of a waterlogged pitch.
In Devon One, Plymstock Albion Oaks' match at Torrington was also postponed .