BUCKFASTLEIGH Ramblers put up a brave show against near neighbours Ivybridge before dipping out 60-16 in a lively pre-season friendly.
The Ramblers were due to face an Exmouth XV, but when that match was cancelled by the Cockles, Ivybridge stepped in at short notice.
Ivybridge play three full divisions above Buckfastleigh, so inevitably they were too strong for their hosts in a number of departments.
It was a baptism of fire for new captain Darren Greep, who led from the front and kept the team focused.
Bucks can be happy with the way they battled though and will get a better idea where they stand this Saturday when they entertain Wessex from the next division up.
Steve Chapple landed a couple of penalties to put Bucks ahead, but by the end of the first quarter Ivybridge had unleashed their backs and gone 14-6 up.
Although the Ramblers could match Ivybridge in the forwards, they were outgunned in the backs.
All Bucks managed before half time was another Chapple penalty, while Ivybridge ran in a couple more tries.
Half time saw youngsters Rob Pedrick and Jake Symes make their debut for the Ramblers, replacing the more experienced wingers Mike Maslin and Mark Stirling.
The Ivybridge backs again showed their speed with three tries, countered by the Ramblers getting over the whitewash.
Josh Vicarage tapped a penalty and Luke Collings took a pop pass from the back of the next ruck to go over from 10 yards. Chapple converted.
Going into the last quarter Matt Pike came off with Martin Tarasuik getting a run-out whilst on leave from Army duties.
Matt Symes replaced Jack Andrews following a knock.
In the time left Ivybridge added two more tries.
Man of the match for the Ramblers was Tim Mason for solid catching and hard graft in the second row.