TORQUAY Athletic are starting to show the sort of form coach Chris Dorling always knew they were capable of as the season starts to hot up.
Second-placed Penryn visit the Recreation Ground this Saturday (3pm) where they will find the Tics sixth in the table after three games.
It is the first time this term Torquay will face a team above them in the table and a bit of an acid test.
If Torquay can take the good things forward from the 27-14 win at Paignton last Saturday, it won't just be Dorling who can see their potential.
"Paignton is a difficult place to go and win as their narrow pitch doesn't suit the expansive game we like to play," said Dorling.
"Instead we adapted and played it tight when we had to instead of using the width of the pitch as we would at home.
"Paignton would like to think they dominated us in the set-piece for an hour, but I can't agree with that.
"We won 90 per cent of our own line-outs as well as some of theirs, mauled them all over the pitch fantastically well and we outlasted them at the end.
"Right now there isn't much I would want to change, other than we can snatch at chances through being a bit over-eager at times.
"Penryn haven't lost yet so it is going to be a real test for us and a sign of where we are."
Dorling won't want to change the way the team plays, but may have to change some of the players due to injury.
Prop Gavyn Webber has a suspected broken cheekbone and it is hard to see him playing for a while.
James Wood suffered a knock in his comeback game and, along with Aaron Graham, is doubtful to face the Borough.
Paignton also have injury issues arising from the game which will bother them going into the trip to Truro.
Top of the casualty list is prop Mark Palk (rib) which the Cherries may get around by moving Liam Boyd up from the second row as cover.
Richard Southcombe, Paignton's director of rugby, felt Torquay capitalised on his side's errors rather than created loads of chances.
"Two of the tries we gave away were soft ones and we put ourselves under pressure at times in a number of ways.
"Two sin-binnings didn't help as you can't play well with 13 on the field.
"When we had the ball and got turned over that put us under pressure.
"White-line fever affected us a few times, but at least we are getting into the right areas and sooner or later we will put the chances away."
Torquay were 17-11 up at half time thanks to tries from Andrew Gormley against his old club and Alex Jeffrey, who converted both of them and a penalty.
Aaron Davies, with a try, and John Clare, with a penalty and drop-goal, put points on the board for Paignton.
There was no further score until midway through the second half when Paignton kicked a penalty by Clare to edge closer.
By this time Paignton had lost Palk and the bulkier Torquay pack got on top.
Jeffery extended their lead with another penalty and near the end Gormley came in from his wing to break two tackles and score under the post. Jeffery converted.
TORQUAY Extras defeated Paignton Development XV 43-7 at the Recreation Ground.
All the tries came from open play and included among the scorers were two ex-colts making their senior debuts.
Harry Halford shared the feat with back-row player Jake Bolton, who capped a fine display with his five points.
Winger Mike Cavanna ran some good lines and was rewarded with a score.
The last try of the afternoon fell to Jack Keiller, making a quicker than expected return from a foot injury.
The Quins shared a 19-19 Merit Table draw with a much younger Totnes second string.
A last-minute try helped Torquay Colts to a 24-21 win over their Paignton counterparts.