Rugby

Sidmouth Chiefs returned to home winning ways with a 41-0 win over Truro, writes Terry O’Brien.

Honiton-based, long-serving rugby referee Richard Steggall is just one game away from chucking his kit bag in the attic and hanging up his whistle for good, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Exmouth Colts were edged out by a margin of a single score as they went down 24-19 on their visit to Bideford, writes Taylor Masters.

Chard went down 35-18 in their Western Counties (W) meeting with Crediton, writes Gavin Smillie.

Exmouth Nomads made it two from two in 2019 with a hard fought 44-24 win over Topsham at the Imperial Ground.

We caught up with Cockles head coach Steve ‘Pez’ Perry once the dust had settled on his side’s 13-all draw at Weston-super-Mare. First up we asked for his thoughts on the overall performance and the score.

Chard ladies were involved in a thrilling 36-all draw when they entertained Topsham ladies in their first outing of 2019, writes Gavin Smillie.

Withycombe Under-16s lost their Fisherman’s Cup meeting with Topsham, going down 15-0.

Honiton recorded a terrific 57-3 win on their visit to Hayle and now sit second in the Tribute Cornwall and Devon table, writes Jerry Rice.

The Chiefs got their league promotion challenge back on track with a 43-29 bonus point win in an action-packed game against fifth-placed Tiverton at Coronation Field, writes Terry O’Brien.

For the second week running the Cockles bagged a share of the spoils from an away game as they drew 13-all on their visit to Weston-super-Mare.

Exmouth Colts were edged out by a margin of a single score as they went down 24-19 on their visit to Bideford, writes Taylor Masters.

Exmouth Nomads kicked off 2019 with a maximum haul of five points, beating Tiverton III XV 43-22 in a game that was much closer than the final score suggests.

Exmouth RFC was saddened to hear the news of the death of Roger Stuckey on Boxing Day, aged 81.

Chard Rugby Club are sad to announce that Nick Urch, a former secretary of the club, passed away on Saturday, January 5, at St Margarets Hospice in Taunton, writes Glyn Hughes.

Withycombe ladies started their 2019 fixture schedule with a superb all-round show that saw them score eight tries in a 50-5 win at Totnes.

Honiton 1st XV were with out a fixture on Saturday as Cornish side, ninth placed Lanner, cried off at the eleventh hour, writes Jerry Rice.

Exmouth returned from their South West Premier ‘local derby’ visit to Topsham with a share of the spoils after they shared 48 points with hosts Exeter University.

Sidmouth Chiefs suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 23-21 in a close fought game against second placed St Austell, despite controlling territory for much of the game, writes Terry O’Brien.

Chard claimed their first league success since the October win over Paignton when they defeated visiting Winscombe 27-20, writes Glyn Hughes.

Exmouth RFC 1st XV will be trying to achieve something they have not managed since 2013 when they visit Exeter University on Saturday (January 5) to contest their first South West Premier fixture of 2019.

A big holiday crowd at the Blackmore Field saw the Chiefs just manage to extend their unbeaten record to four months in the traditional Boxing Day fixture, one that saw them defeat the President’s XV 27-26, writes Terry O’Brien.

It has been quite a year for Sidmouth RFC with the Chiefs resuming their league campaign on the first Saturday of January when they entertain the team sitting immediately below them at the top of the table, St Austell.

After a difficult week, Honiton travelled back down to Torquay to play the fixture that was called off seven days before because of the monsoon conditions, writes Jerry Rice.

Exmouth completed the year with a resounding 41-29 victory over Drybrook from Gloucestershire, scoring six tries in the win.

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