FOR the first time in nearly a decade Tavistock fielded a third XV at home in a friendly match against Devonport. With a mix of players new and old it was hardly apparent that this group of players had not been playing regularly with one another for a number of weeks.

With the slope to their advantage, Devonport started the better of the two sides and were rewarded with two early scores before the 20 minute mark. Some strong running from the returning Langdon got Tavistock back in the game but the more experienced guests were quick to regain possession.

A further two tries before half time gave Devonport a 24-0 lead at the break.

Tavistock, now with the slope, started to gel and gain momentum and were rewarded by a well worked try finished by Tait who converted his own effort. Devonport struck back with a fine solo effort but Tavistock had the last word when Tait doubled his tally in almost mirroring fashion to bring a fine return to rugby for the third XV well refereed by the also returning Nigel Larcombe-Williams.