Tavvy coach Lewis would love a win over Services
HOSTS Devonport Services stick closely to the line-up which ran leaders St Austell close for tomorrow's derby encounter with Tavistock (2.30pm).
Services were within four points of front-running Saints and with their tails up with five minutes remaining, but a late unconverted try by the Cornish club scuppered those ambitions.
But Services did come home with a losing bonus point thanks to a late penalty popped between the uprights by Mr Reliable – Matt Anstis.
Tavistock have struggled this year as their second-from-bottom position confirms, but Services' director of rugby, Dave Oakley, pays homage to the sporting cliché when it comes to local derbies.
He said: "This is a game that we have to be prepared for as with local derbies the form book can get ripped up.
"Tavistock's record is not that bad and with a little more luck could have been higher up the table.
"Mike Lewis (Tavvy coach) watched our game last weekend and so we are hoping that we gave him a few things to worry about.
"We go into the game full of confidence but are aware that Tavvy are more than capable of putting us 'back in our box' and take points off us."
Oakley added: "After a great performance against St Austell last week the selection problems this week have been all in favour of the selectors.
"With almost everyone available for the game against Tavistock it has been difficult to decide on the best permutation to face our local rivals.
"Those that came in (against St Austell) all took their opportunity and as possession is nine-10ths of the law, we have kept with the majority of the squad.
"Captain Rocky Young returns to add his leadership qualities and Callum Perkins gets moved back into the centre, while Mike Hunt and Vula Vulakoivaki move to the bench.
Tavvy coach and former Services' youth and colts player, Mike Lewis, knows the importance of a victory against his old outfit, ahead of next Saturday's encounter with bottom placed Honiton.
Lewis said: "There's a good bit of friendly rivalry between the two clubs, particularly me as I still have a lot of mates playing for them.
"While it would be nice to get one over on them for personal reasons, it's more important for the club and the players that we come away with a positive result.
"If we could get a couple of wins before Christmas then that would give the players a lot more confidence.
"But it won't be easy against Services, they are a good side and deserve to be in fifth place in the table.
"But if we can put halves of rugby together tomorrow then watch out, we're a match for any team in the league."
Devonport Services: T Sibley, N Stokes, J Stead, R Young, E Worrall, S Bartlet, R PanaPana, J Page, N Wonnacott, M Anstis, O Flowers, M Tikoisuva, C Perkins, B McGowan, M Morrison, M Hunt, J Martin, V Vulakoivaki.
SERVICES' seconds are away to their Sidmouth counterparts (2.30pm), strengthened by the return of John Mellor, Dylan Cossey, back from injury, and last year's captain Matt Gregory, all of whom were unavailable last weekend.
Devonport's colts are also at home to Tavistock, (2.30pm).
IVYBRIDGE are hoping Tom Scoles passes a fitness test and makes the first XV for tomorrow's clash with in-form Okehampton (2.30pm).
Scoles missed last Saturday's South Hams derby draw at Kingbridge, but coach Neil Thomson is hopeful the influential full-back recovers in time for visiting Okes at Cross-in-Hand.
Thomson is also keeping his fingers crossed that another of the Bridgers' bright young things, Luke Martell, 20, will pass muster for tomorrow's sixth versus fourth encounter.
Thomson said: "I like and respect Okehampton a lot.
"They remind me of what we're trying to achieve at Ivybridge in terms of bringing in youngsters and developing our own talent.
"Like us, too, they are in pretty good form at the moment as you can see from the table.
"They aren't dropping many points at all in the league and I expect will be a different kettle of fish from the side which we beat last month 40-5 in the cup.
"We drew 12-12 each at Kingsbridge last Saturday and our never-say-die attitude came into play again when we fought back from 12-0 down at the break to share the spoils.
"And it was nice, too, that our new signing from Devonport Services Jay (Geraty) got the equalising try.
"More of the same tomorrow would be perfect as if we can draw closer to Okehampton at the end of the first half of the season, that would give us a really good platform to work from."
Ivybridge: (from) M Finn, J Geraty, N Webster, J Morgan, R Adams, G Wilson, M Cox, D Looms, R Wakeling, D Barnard, J Rogers, S Pulleston, A Burgess, A Bradley, A Percival, L Healey, S Kingscott, B Watts, T Walker, T Scoles, L Martell.