Totnes entertained Exeter Saracens at Borough Park last Saturday in a Devon Division 1 League game and won their second double of the season by 48 points to 22 points.
Prior to kick off, a minutes silence was observed by the players as a mark of respect for ex club stalwart Adam "Jocky" Currie, who was both a valid committee member and bar steward for over 10 years from the early 90s. Jocky died last week at home aged 61 years. The family state that Jocky only played rugby once whilst at Totnes and that was in a Fathers v sons charity game, which resulted in him breaking a rib. He never played again.
Jocky's funeral is at 1.30pm on Monday 18th Dec at Torquay Crem, followed by a celebration of his life at Totnes Rugby club.Those who knew Jocky are invited to attend but are requested to wear something tartan or a splash of coloured clothing.
In the game against Sarries, Totnes made 4 positional changes due to unavailability. The club also have players out injured.
The home side turned on the pressure straight away,with the forwards, especially prop Thomas Edmonds making great runs before being tackled short of the line.
Within 10 minutes and after forward pressure, full back Ollie Treggles was fed quick ball and he ran unopposed down the touchline to score wide out. Andy Rive converted.
Captain Elliot Browse led by example with some storming runs down field and was well supported by his other 7 pack members.
After a huge kick up field by Ollie Treggles,the ball was fumbled by the visitors and knocked back over the line.Winger Si Parris was quickly up and beat the defenders to the ball for his first touch down of the game.
Saracens did come back into the game for short periods and just before half time visiting centre Tom Arthur burst through tackles to score under the posts. Conversion by Arthur
17-7 half time.
The second half again saw Saracens trying to claw themselves back into the game and when they did get scraps of ball they were able to score tries. However,they were unable to sustain the pressure from Totnes.
Centre Jamie Mitchelmore and winger Si Parris dominated their opposing numbers and punched huge holes through the centre of the field. It was only a matter of time before the flood gates opened as the visitors hung on. Whenever Totnes won the ball they scored tries.
Utility forward James Razor Ruddock had another good game for the club and he was always up in support. He was on hand to receive quick ball and crash over for a try.
Si Parris made one of his breaks up field and motored through the defence to score his second try. Not to be left out, Centre Jamie Mitchelmore left players clutching at thin air as he waltzed through the defence for his try.
It was one way traffic for Totnes and tries quickly followed by Winger Jake Orchard who shrugged off tackles to score. This was followed by Si Parris' s third try. After receiving quick release ball he crashed over in the corner.
The final nail in the coffin belonged to Totnes Hooker Dan Grierson-jackson who after a strong shove by the Totnes pack , he picked up and went over the try line.
The conversions were shared between Andy Rive and Reserve Mark Hooper.
Consolation tries from Saracens were scored by Lou Nicholls, Wes Burden and Dave Bamber.
Final score Totnes 48. Saracens 22.
Totnes backs coach Mark Binnie told the press after the game,
Updated 21:35 - 4 Dec 2017 by Dick Evans
" we are pleased how the squad have played so far this season. Saturday showed again, that when we have the ball we look dangerous and can score tries from all over the field. Our forwards set up the platform which our backs took advantage of. The first half found Sarries struggling to cope with our quick ball and incisive running. We wasted some opportunities and we should have increased our score. We did have a half time chat and the lads were asked to be more clinical when try scoring opportunities came about. Credit to Sarries for not giving up and securing their own try bonus points. We played some great stuff and deserve this thumping win.
Stars for Totnes were Si Parris who scored a hat trick and Jamie Mitchelmore's domination of the mid field. We also welcomed Matt Shackleton back into 1st team action.
We look forward to another tough encounter at New Cross next week"