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Fishermen intend putting All Whites through paces

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

FEEL THE FORCE: Teignmouth's Dan Force shoves a Falmouth player out of the way – see facing page Photo: Sarah Veacock

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BRIXHAM and Newton Abbot clash at Astley Park on Saturday in a South Devon derby that ticks all the boxes.

The Fishermen finally made it into National Three South West this season, following the trail blazed by Newton Abbot three seasons ago.

It always rankled with Brixham that they were beaten to the punch by Newton – and they will be keen to show they are equipped for their new level.

The two sides have been battling it out for more than 100 years and as derby games go it is the biggest one in the area these days.

Add in some interesting rivalries such as brothers Matt (Brixham) and James Tichias (Newton) on opposing sides, and ex-Paignton team-mates Pete Mortimore (Newton) and Jarryd Harris (Brixham) going head-to-head in the back row, there promises to be plenty going on.

Brixham's assistant coach Ian Morgan has no doubt it will be a cracker.

"We haven't seen much of Newton Abbot over the past few season, but have a pretty good idea what they are about," said Morgan.

"They are strong up front and like to attack you round the corner.

"We have every option available to us in the forwards and will look to take Newton on. Harris against Mortimore is going to be interesting.

"Outside, it will be a case of how they deal with our pace."

The All Whites go into this eagerly awaited clash against the newly promoted Fishermen one place and three points ahead of their hosts.

The outcome of the game will have a significant affect on the positions of the two sides.

A win for Newton will see them into third, presuming leaders London Wild Geese win at third-placed Weston-Super-Mare.

However a loss at Astley Park could, dependent upon bonus point and other results, drop Newton down to sixth with Brixham and Redingensians - likely to win at Amersham and Chiltern - the beneficiaries.

"Not many teams have won at Brixham this season – only Exmouth – so we know the size of the task ahead," said Newton's director of rugby Roy Henderson.

"It is no secret our strength is in the back row and we will play to our strengths.

"I would remind Brixham we have scored a decent percentage of our tries through the backs though and perhaps it will be us showing them a thing or two?

"I seem remember Brixham warning Exmouth they were going to run them round the park, and lost!"

Newton have a fitness worry over centre Jake Monnington, who was injured playing for Devon U20s against Dorset & Wilts on Sunday.

Newton 3rd XV travel with the 1st XV whilst the 2nd XV provide the home action by welcoming Brixham Crusaders.

While the 1st XV were having a break, the 2nd XV were at Paignton in a Merit Table match. Newton kept their excellent season going via a 64-17 win with tries shared between 10 players.

The most notable contributor was Andy Monnington who came off the bench in the second minute to replace his injured son, Jake.

The other tries were down to George Heath, Ed McGinlay, Joe Bramley, Lloyd Radford, Kyle Mason, Matt Dowrick, Victor Linares, Jack Andrews and Ben Scott, who also kicked six conversions. Mike Saxton added the other two points.

Back at Rackerhayes a 13-man 3rd XV team recorded their first win of the campaign when defeating Honiton Quins 24-22.

The visitors went into a 12-nil lead before an individual try down the blind side from 60 metres by Paul Hooper started his side's comeback. The fly half converted both his own score plus a close in try from his half-back partner Graham Rees to take Newton into a 14-12 half-time score.

Each side scored two second half tries, but with no successful conversion Newton maintained their margin.

Honiton went in front twice, but tries from full back Matt Rayner and centre Anthony Drew had Newton back in front when it mattered.

Newton Colts finished their first tranche of games with another narrow defeat, this one a 12-3 setback to Brixham on the Homers Lane pitch. Mike Edworthy kicked Newton's points.

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