Fishermen sunk as Weston overcome half-time deficit to claim top spot
Brixham coach Dan Parkes claimed the 37-19 defeat by visiting Weston-super-Mare in National League Three South West proved his side have some way to go before regarding themselves as one of the leading clubs in the division.
The Fishermen racked up a 16-5 half-time advantage against new leaders Weston, which made the final score a hefty disappointment for Parkes.
Instead of having a rant about it, Parkes was considered in his comments.
"We have not played any better this season than we did in the first half," he said.
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"Had that been against any team in the bottom half of the table, it would have been all over at half time – they would have been buried!
"The second half was totally different. Weston kept the ball and moved us from play to play.
"Poor decision-making in their half of the field put us under pressure, then they came back and scored their tries.
"What Weston showed was the difference between being a good side and one that will challenge for promotion."
Victory put Weston ahead of London Irish Wild Geese on points difference.
Exmouth remain third in the standings after they beat visiting Avonmouth Old Boys 43-15.
Exmouth coach Jon Hill felt his side could have done better against a side battling to stay out of the drop zone.
"I was particularly pleased with our ability to open up Avonmouth's defence, although a little concerned with our 'strike rate', having made initial inroads," said Hill.
George Savage collected two tries and there were singles for Stuart Lowe, Dave Kimberley, Matt Garrner and Tom Kill.
"We created 16 clear try scoring opportunities but only finished seven of them, a percentage that would not be good enough against some teams higher in the division."
Barnstaple's 46-27 defeat at Chippenham was the result they deserved but not by the final margin, according to director of rugby Kevin Squire.
Barum were only 12-11 down at half time and the scoring went tit-for-tat until the final ten minutes.
"We were awesome for the first 20-25 minutes – 10-0 up and flying – and in fact I would say it was our best rugby of the season," said Squire.
"Two late tries flattered Chippenham and ensured our poor run there continued. In my time – that's eight or nine years now – we have never won there."
Barum opened up with a penalty try for a scrum offence, converted by Luke Berry, who then added a try of his own. Second-half tries went to Joe Bussell and Linford Brock with Berry converting one and a penalty.
Newton Abbot came unstuck three minutes from time against Old Patesians, who completed a comeback from 17-8 down to win 25-20 with a converted try. Alex Gale and Brett Stoud bagged a try each with Rob Avery-Wright kicking the rest of the points.
Taunton fell away in the second half against Hartpury College, losing 27-11 after only trailing 10-8 to the National Two South high-fliers. Alex Wilcockson scored the Titans' try, with Gary Kingdom adding two penalties.