Devon one

Salcombe 20

North Tawton 7

NORTH Tawton absorbed early pressure from Salcombe, their scrum acquitting itself well in the tight play.

A long penalty clearance by fly half Rob North eased the pressure and then a superb and sustained forward drive by Tawton pushed Salcombe almost the length of the pitch. The drive was held up about two metres out, and the scrum was given to Salcombe. The set piece was disrupted by Tawton's flanker Mike Young and scrum half Jack Phare who together ripped the ball out to prop Alfie May who broke through for a well-deserved try. The conversion by Rob North added the two points.

Salcombe were awarded a penalty in front of the posts and Chris Drew slotted the three points to get Salcombe on the scoreboard.

Two penalties for North Tawton were missed and then another penalty to Salcombe converted by Drew took the half time score to 7-6 in favour of North Tawton.

North Tawton started the second period a man down having been shown a yellow card for a ruck infringement. They resisted Salcombe pressure with, at times, last ditch defending including some good covering work by Phare on a loose ball in the 22 metre area.

Good sniping around the base of the scrum by Phare broke up Salcombe's game. Powerful drives off the back of rucks by prop Richard Gould and second row James Henshaw helped Tawton gain territory.

Salcombe opened up their game to attack through the threes. Two good sweeping moves found the tiring Tawton defence lacking and in the last ten minutes Salcombe ran in two tries, one for full back Darren Hopkins and another for centre Liam Wills. Drew converted both

The final score did not reflecting the good work done by the Tawton side. Man of the Match for Tawton was Jack Phare.